Juno is 16. And pregnant. At first she thinks she’ll have an abortion, but changes her mind, she’ll continue to be pregnant but she isn’t interested in being a Mommy. She’ll give the baby up for adoption. So she takes a look in the PennySaver, which I’m guessing is similar to our Buy & Sell, and finds a couple she thinks will make good parents.
Don’t you just hate plot summaries? Rarely do they make a film/book sound good. But don’t let that put you off, go see this film.
The problem with Juno is the hype. I haven’t even been reading any film mags, I don’t read reviews of films I haven’t seen, and yet I knew that it was supposed to be the best film ever. It isn’t a bad film. But hype raises expectations, no matter how hard you try to ignore them.
If however you do manage to ignore the hype you’ll find that this is a good film. It does have that horrible tag of being an “offbeat comedy”, but I can get over that. What it is is sweet and funny, but never saccharine and drippy.
I think what makes Juno work is that the characters come across as being believable. Most are likeable enough, but have moments when they mess up. Such is life, neh? And of course the dialogue is great. Maybe Juno herself is a little too nonchalant and funny to be real, but this is a film, so I’m not going to moan over that. I really did enjoy this film. It is funny, and yes, even heart-warming.
Go watch and enjoy. Also, the soundtrack is great.