Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Played by Ellen Page, Juno is a knocked up sixteen year old who decides to give away her baby for adoption.  As any teenage pregnancy could hope for, it turns out to be a huge learning curve for her.  Her hot best friend (Olivia Thirlby) sticks by her while her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the father of Juno's baby, carries on being her classmate and friend.  She is fortunate to have parents (JK Simmons and Allison Janney) who support her and add to the dry comedy of the untimely event in their daughters life.

Juno's persona seems to be carefully orchestrated in an unbelievable overly adult manner.  I can see how a teenager can see themselves in that light, but her teenage character crosses the border of witty sixteen year old to sixteen year old written by witty adult.  I get the whole, sometimes verbal diarrhea can be funny ala Gilmour Girls- but the format is more suited to a half hour episode rather than an entire feature.

As likeable Juno is, it's the only strength the film has to offer.  The film dumbs down the event and it's complexities and for a brilliant idea to begin with, I am left unsatisfied with the characters and their lack of unpredicatbility, which would have suited the film perfectly.  Also starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner.

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