This film was nominated for four Oscars, winning one (Best Original Screenplay), and while it is very sweet, cute and smart, it also feels a tad trendy. I enjoyed it immensely, but unlike loads of friends who recommended the title to me, I'm not immediately putting it into the list of my Top 10 favorite films of all time.
After a random sexual encounter with her goofy, barely pubescent boyfriend (Michael Cera), precocious high school sophomore Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) finds out she's pregnant. With the support of her understanding parents (J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney), she befriends a couple (Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman) who want to adopt her baby.
Juno's a girl with the kind of self-confidence and vocabulary everyone wished they had in high school. She's got a quick-witted comeback for everything, making her a better-adjusted (and cuter) version of John Hughes' Molly Ringwald characters. Certainly, ultra-Conservatives aren't going to be thrilled with the casual discussion of teenage pregnancy, but then, what films are they thrilled with?
The film is full of precious moments and a plethora of hip lingo ensuring 'tweens and teens will eat it up. Most of the characters are quite dynamic, although at moments, some have "teen movie" written all over them, i.e. the understanding dad, the jock and the popular friend.
Like Napoleon Dynamite and Garden State before it, this indie title owes a lot of its success to a contagiously cool soundtrack. So regardless of my pessimism, Juno is a definite keeper.
This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.