Juno

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.

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7 Responses

  1. red says:

    oh good. i'm glad you liked it. i think it's out here in a month or so…looking forward to it.

  2. anne says:

    Well, I don't want to hype it for Red, but man did I love that movie. I did in fact see it twice, am thinking of buying the DVD and am in love (in a totally not perverted way) with Michael Cera. Also, I have the most bizarre feeling of having déjà said that. Hmmm.

  3. Kristina says:

    I really enjoyed this movie. I think Ellen Page did a pretty great job. And that Michael Cera was too cute with his "Wizard".

  4. Carl V. says:

    Hype is weird that way. It really does make it hard to have something live up to expectations. Thankfully I hadn't read anything about the film or heard much other than that it was 'good' before seeing it. And as you know I found it to be a surprisingly wonderful film. And you are correct about that soundtrack. I bought it a day or two later and have been listening to it and enjoying it. Very catchy!

  5. Fence says:

    Just remember not to over-expect red :)

    Anne shush, you'll ruin it. Maybe you thought Cera was cute in Superbad too? I loved that film. It was so nasty, and yet, with it made with the aww-factor too.

    Kristina I loved Page, she was fab. I though Garner did a good job too, it would have been fairly easy to mess up that role.

    Carl I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it anymore had I heard nothing about it, I did give it 8 Stars, so I must have liked it :) But I do think that hype is almost the worst thing that can happen a film. Especially a film like Juno.

  6. I really have to see this: two of my friends (separately) told me I am pretty much identical to Juno in so many ways – they did stress however, apart from the 'being up the duff' part, which was a relief.

  7. jean pierre says:

    yeah, there's loads of hype about this…!

    i think you're right. i'm gonna let this sink below the surface for me for a while and then watch it when i have less expectations.

    good to know it was a good watch, though – in spite of the hype.