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Actors: Noah Emmerich, Bill Golodner, Patrick Fitzgerald, Courtney Love, Lili Taylor, Gideon Jacobs, Mischa Barton, Spalding Gray, Kelly Hill, Dana Chaifetz, Gina Merchan, Samara Harris, Welker White, Donna Hanover, Chuck Montgomery, Jimmy Mcquaid, Denise M. Kelone, Ali Marsh, Patricia O'connell, Frank Hopf
Director: Bob Gosse
Publisher: Liberation Ent
Studio: Liberation Ent
Manufacturer: Liberation Ent
Label: Liberation Ent
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Ntsc
Language: English (Original Language)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Running Time: 94 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
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Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6
Release Date: May 23, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 2001
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Lili Taylor and Courtney Love star in this stunning portrait of a pair of stifled New Jersey housewives who become lovers. The film also features the late Spalding Gray and Mischa Barton (Lost and Delirious and "The O.C.")
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Too much to swallow . . . July 21, 2006
0 out of 1 found this review helpful
If you are in the market for a romantic lesbian love story -this is not the movie to look to. The movie is 1 hour and 34 minutes long and I couldn't wait for it to be over! I love Lilly Taylor -she was amazing in Mystic Pizza, Who Shot Andy Warhol, Dog Fight, and most recently made a special run during the last days of Six Feet Under. As a Lilly Taylor fan you will be sorely disappointed that she chose this role. This story is about a woman who wants more out of life, but the script is so far fetched in how this transition unfolds. She goes from minimal, menial high school drop out to physicist student extraordinaire in what seems like the span of a semester or two. Granted, the time table could have been better in this film, but that's only a very small part of it. Every single character in this movie is obnoxious and hard to like with the exception of Taylor. Her husband starts off a sexist, chauvinist and ends the film in much the same way you would just like buy him a clue. Her children are bratty and always shouting they can't leave the room or scene quick enough. Her love interest is Courtney Love, and while I love her too -even of late with all of her bad press she's not likeable either. Courtney Love is probably the worst of them all. Her character is afraid of change, afraid of being true to herself, worries too much about what other people think of her, wants to be accepted at the cost of herself, and as a result runs back to what is familiar to her and in the end it's okay with her. The only redeeming quality in the movie Julie Johnson is that Julie Johnson did not want to go back to the kind of woman she was before her awakening. She never lost her girlish vulnerability throughout the movie, and although cautiously and at times timidly eventually embraced the changes of her new life with admirable, quiet strength.
Terrific Story About Love and Personal Growth July 13, 2006
5 out of 5 found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this movie for a variety of reasons. It was entertaining and fun, and the subject matter was also interesting to me, since I love both personal growth and intellectual learning. The plot of "Julie Johnson" centers around two women who leave difficult marriages, move in together, develop romantic feelings for each other, and around the effects of their decisions upon each other, their friends, and their children. Julie returns to school and discovers many things about herself that she missed out on since she had not ever graduated from high school and had always thought of herself as stupid, an opinion reinforced regularly by her brutish husband.
I was unsure if I would enjoy this movie, as I do not necessarily enjoy lesbian love stories, finding them generally caught up in the message of the acceptance of homosexuality more than a great plot, acting, directing, etc.
This movie is not like that; it is more about the awakening of a woman's potential at mid-age. It is about how when we grow personally, we can leave people behind, even people we dearly love. It is about the lines drawn between friendship and romantic love---how do we draw them and when? It is about how we decide to call the end to a romantic relationship. When we are adults and change dramatically, discovering something new about ourselves that revolutionizes our lives, how does this affect those around us? In this movie, for the main character Julie, it was not lesbianism that she discovered that mainly transformed her life, but a love for learning. When you are an adult and a life-long learner how do you cope in our society, which oftentimes tells you that this is "weird" behavior? (This last question is my favorite of all, and I related to this movie a lot, as often people who love to learn, study, and discuss ideas (like me) find themselves the targets of prejudice as being dull, boring, and "no fun".) All of these questions are explored in this story of two blue-collar lower middle-class homemakers and the challenges they face.
The lesbian lovemaking scenes are not explicit, they are in good taste, and they made sense within the context of the movie.
The actors in this movie are fabulous---Lili Taylor, Courtney Love, and the actors playing the children as well.
I did not think the movie was cliched at all. The husbands were stereotyped and seemed in many ways like Neanderthals...but there were also men portrayed in positive ways, such as Julie's major professor. This is not an anti-male film.
Lovely, quality, unforgettable film.
This Film Deserved a Theatrical Release - An Unexpected Surprise! June 27, 2006
4 out of 4 found this review helpful
Wow - what an excellent film! Great acting, directing and story. Sort of "Rainman meets Hoboken housewife meets lesbian love affair". I must admit, I was very leery of watching this, fearing it was going to be a Lesbian Love Story. I must admit, I am not a fan of the L-Word, bit I loved Queer As Folk.
I watched this because I had a copy of the movie, having done a DVD Release Party at the club I work at. Otherwise, it would have been very unlikely that I would have ever watched it. That said, I am very glad I did.
The 90 minute film packs a lot of punch, and the first 30 minutes zoom by, setting the storyline for the rest of the film, so watch carefully. Lili Taylor and Courtney Love, the leading ladies are both excellent in their roles as relatively unhappy Hoboken NJ housewives. Julie (played by Taylor) embarks on a mission to get her GED, against her husbands wishes. She eventually kicks him out.
Claire (played by Love), her best friend from High School, leaves her husband. With no place to go, Claire moves in with Julie and her 2 children. In the meantime, Julie begins her quest for knowledge, passing her GED and eventually turning her goals towards a college degree.
Notice, we still don't have much of a love story, do we? Midway through the film, that all changes - in a compassionate, yet confusing manner. Without giving away the entire story line (which includes a few very funny scenes amongst most of the drama), two women must come to terms with their feelings, for each other, and for themselves.
This is really a gem of a film, and (as I have said before), it is a shame this will not be seen by many --- some whom desperately need to see a story like this. If Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica can make the big screen, well then so should Julie Johnson. This is not a lesbian love story, this IS a story about relationships, and the journey most of us take to achieve happiness and love in our own lives.
Buy, rent or see Julie Johnson.
worth a rent, but that's it June 3, 2006
4 out of 5 found this review helpful
I was looking forward to seeing this movie after the write ups I had read about it. I must admit I was highly disappointed. The acting was good, but it was such a cliche storyline. Repressive husband, wife gets tired of it and starts to look for more. I guess I just didn't think it original. I didn't care for the lines or the chemistry between the cast.
Great acting and good plot! May 23, 2006
2 out of 3 found this review helpful
I recently watched this movie on cable and wasn't sure what i was going to think of it. I found the acting was really good on both Lily Taylor and Courtney Love's part. The story was inspiring in a sense and i feel that anyone that watches this movie will also feel the same way.