Best "little" movie of 2007
When I first saw the previews for Juno, I knew it would be an Oscar nominated film, and just a hint of Ellen Page's performance made me believe she would be up for best actress, maybe even win. Well 2 out of 3 ain't bad. She didn't win, but she should have. I had seen Ellen only as the third "Kitty Pride" or Shadowcat in X-Men The Last Stand ("I'm the juggernaut.. Bitch!"). Normally as a guy well past his teens (I literally have ties older than Ellen) I would probably have avoided a movie about a pregnant teen but there is something that draws you in, besides Ellen's own charm and wit, that "Indy" charm, a quirky looking dialogue driven effort by ex-stripper turned writer Diablo Cody. Besides a stellar performance from the Halifax-born Page (another reason to adore the little cutie) is the fantastic supporting cast, Michael Cera has a certain nerdy charm as Juno's boyfriend in his day-glow orange running pants and his penchant for inhaling orange tic-tacs like some stars pop Prozac. Juno, has the best parents in the world, Alison Janney and J.K. Simmons, who played J.Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies and "Garth Pancake" in The Coen Brother's "Ladykillers". The couple who wants to adopt Juno's little bundle of joy are Jason Bateman (Cera's co-star from Arrested Development) and Jennifer Garner (Daredevil) who gives the performance of her career in an understated but subtlely powerful turn as the mommy wannabe. Even though I had a feeling of dread all through the movie that once all the great one-liners were exhausted that it would morph into some angst-ridden, melodrama "afterschool special of the week" I was pleasantly surprised. After a near 180 degree turn, it delivered a satisfying ending that the best of Hollywood could match. I would highly recommend this movie and I am waiting by the mailbox for the DVD to arrive, but first I have to clear out all the orange tic-tacs that someone put in there.
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A Funny Film About a Serious Subject
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and changed my mind about its Academy Award nominations. They really were deserved.
High schooler Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) had sex one time with a neighbor boy friend named Bleeker (Michael Cera), and lo and behold she is pregnant. She talks a lingo that seems foreign, but the viewer gets the drift. And on the subject of pregnancy she is very uneducated. Bleek escapes all of the tension about the pregnancy and just pops orange tic tacs while he jogs daily. His mother doesn't like Juno and seems not to know about the expected baby. Is this plausible?
Fortunately, Juno has decent parents (J. K Simmons and Allison Janney), yet even they let Juno arrange adoptive parents (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman)for the baby. She sees their picture and gets their names from a free newspaper. Although she and her dad do go and meet the prospective parents and sign legal papers, the adoption turns out not to be as smooth as silk. That's all I'm telling.
This film has drawn comparisons to "Little Miss Sunshine," which was also Academy nominated, but this movie is better. And the subject is very pertinent. And it does give a lesson on how complicated an issue teen pregnancy is.
Diablo Cody won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the movie was nominated for Best Picture, and Ellen Page was nominated for Best Actress. The movie has a quirky cute soundtrack to match its dialogue. Also, it starts and finishes with cartoon images. It is definitely a must see and is especially a joy to watch.
A Summary and Review of The New Hit Movie, Juno.
When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman. Juno (Ellen Page) may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the pregnant teen quickly realizes how little she really knows about life. Thankfully, Juno has been blessed with parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) who trust their daughter's judgment, and a best friend named Leah (Olivia Thirlby), who's always willing to help out in a pinch. With a little help from Leah, Juno soon comes into contact with Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) -- an affluent suburban couple who have been unable to conceive a child of their own. Mark and Vanessa seem like they would make great parents, and are eager to adopt Juno's unborn child. Now, as adolescent Juno is faced with a series of very adult decisions, she will draw on the support of her family and friends in order to discover who she truly is, and discover that one bad choice can have a lifetime of consequences.
All in all, I believe the motion picture deserves a lot of praising for the excelent acting by Ellen Page. The Academy award winning movie will always be a favorite to me.
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JUNO: A heartfelt movie
This is a great movie. I was actually surpised. As I started to watch it I was thinking, "Great another Napolian Dynamite movie." Actually it was much better.
This is a funny and very heart-warming movie. I actually cried at one point in this movie. Dont get me wrong though there is plenty of comedic relief to sustain
In Juno, you come across a sixteen year old, Juno, who becomes pregnant by her best guy friend (Pauly) after having sex for the first time. This is basically her
story. She doesnt believe she is ready for a kid so she decides to have an abortion. She gets to the clinic and a girl from her school is there protesting and
this changes her mind. So then she goes to her best girl friend and asks for advice. They decide on adoption.
They then go and try to find the perfect parents in a newspaper like ad. They find what they believe to be the perfect couple and then decide to tell Juno parents.
Her parents are supportive yet confused, but they like the ideas that Juno has come up with. Juno then contacts and meets the suspected parents and signs
a closed adoption.
The soon to be adoptive mother (Jennifer Garner) really wants kids. Her husband not so much. Juno bascially falls in love with the husband and this makes the
husband rethink his marriage. He decides to get a divorce only months before the kid is ready to pop.
In the end the kid still goes to Jennifer Garner and Juno is left childless, but good news for her. She starts dating Pauly in the end and figures out what real love
is all about.
Its a cute and truthful movie about teen pregnancy betrayed by a great cast and an overly sarcastic Juno.
This is one doodle that can't be un-did!
Her parents didn't see it coming. They were hoping she'd been expelled, into hard drugs, anything but pregnant.
Well, Juno (Ellen Page) was hoping that, too. It took 3 pregnancy tests to convince her.
Juno tried the abortion clinic first, but couldn't go through with it. Her friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby) convinces her to check out the Penny Saver for adoptive parents--or as she puts it couples 'desperately seeking spawn.'
She finds Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), who seem to be the ideal couple. Vanessa has always wanted to be a Mom--and Juno and Mark have so much in common.
"Juno" takes us through a year of young Juno's life, including her relations with the father of her baby and her best friend, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera), school, and the pregnancy and aftermath.
The film takes you on the gamut of emotions, but leaves you feeling good. I saw this film with my husband, who loved "Juno" as much as I did.