A certain amount of Republican bashing is de rigueur for Hollywood films, but Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia" reaches a new low. From scenes depicting the Child sisters groaning about their Republican father to Julia Child's husband being sent back to Washington for a McCarthyite interrogation, we then get the final howler of Julie and her boss. Julie, the alter ego of Julia, calls in sick with the stomach flu and her boss reminds her that if he were a Republican, she'd be fired!

Caution, Republicans! You are about to enter Nora Ephron's real spin zone: "Julie & Julia" will give you "Heartburn."

Mike Williams

Long Beach

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