Many of the critics just don't get this film. A number of women share my view: the $10 we paid was worth it and then some. Dollar #1: Meryl Streep. Perhaps because it's my birthday this month, I'm feeling like I need to be a grown-up woman -- a real grown-up -- I'm not quite sure how to do this. Meryl Streep seems to. Dollar #2: Julia Child was in her 30s when she started culinary school. In her 40s when she became a cooking instructor.