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Friday, February 01, 2008

Movie Review: "Juno" (2007)

Juno is said to be this year's Little Miss Sunshine. That little runaway hit that was made with a meager budget but eventually made it's way to peoples hearts and into film history.

Ellen Page is Juno, a pregnant 16 year old with the mouth of a 25 year old college dropout. Her best friend Bleeker (Michael Cera) is the father, but he can barely leave his bedroom except when he goes out to run with the track team, much less be a father. Juno's life turns upside down and right side up, depending upon your point of reference, as she nonchalantly goes through serious moral decisions like abortion, adoption and even a little involvement with a married man as she drinks her blue big gulp and criticizes modern music and cinema.

Again it’s the dialogue that makes this movie. We are treated with shallow banter and deep philosophical insights, often in the same sentence, at such a rapid pace, that you probably would need to see it more than once just to catch the quotes. Writer Diablo Cody will definitely be one of the writers to watch in these next few years. Ellen Page of course, delivers most of the lines that has more bite to them, and she delivers them with such finesse that you'd wonder how that brain got into that body.

Aside from the banter, the story, simple as it is, delivers what it is supposed to deliver. A story about a girl, dealing with life... as she deals with the jerks around her.

Rocketboy's Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Anonymous patrick said...

i assumed Juno was directed by the same guy that directed Knocked Up because it's about an unexpected pregnancy, and Michael Cera stars as Juno's boyfriend (he was one of the goofy kids from Superbad, a close relative of Knocked Up), but it turns out this is not the case

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