A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own. She soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
I was very much touched from the way the dad adhered to Juno's pregnancy , showed the mere reality of the situation. Seemed Juno is much matured ,which i doubt in reality for a 16teener , Ellen was outstanding but she illustrated the character in her own way , and gave a personal memory check of a happiest moment of a parent how ever the child birth act was a warm one indeed
Juno tells the story of a 16 year old girl named Juno(Ellen Page) who gets pregnant when she has unprotected with her boy friend Polly Bleaker. In keeping with the movies preachy pro-life message she decides to not have a baby and gives it up for adoption. At this scene the movie shoves it's overbearing pro-life propaganda on us. Luckily for her Juno finds a overly clean politically correct hippie-ish couple(Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman best known for the recent Mike Judge flop, Extract.) This family is very annoying and politically correct and Mark is pedophile-feeling and makes sexual advances on Juno many times during the movie which makes you question Juno's sanity for wanting to leave the baby with this couple and Ellen Page's sanity for starring in this movie right after she starred in the excellent Stone Angel. The dialog is stylized and interesting but also very bad and hipster feeling. The characters sound like hippie poets who hang out in front of coffee shops and snape there fingers at people as they walk buy giving this movie a very weird and awkward feeling. Is this how teenagers really talk today? If so they are stupid! The movie ends with Juno giving the baby away to Jennifer Garners character with no fuss true to the movies pro-life agenda. If they really wanted to make a realistic story about teen pregnancy they should have had Juno kill her self, Jennifer Garner and the baby who wasn't given a name for some strange reason. Also the movie was filled with sappy and unrealistic romantic bits which this reviewer found to be fake and unnecessary. Over all this movie had some good parts in it like the shiny looking set designs but it was stupid. If you like this movie I strongly think you should get your brain checked out because there is something wrong with you. This movie is what's wrong with movies today. For a better movie about a similar subject go see Baby Mama or Jawbreaker instead because they are about pregnancy and teenagers respectively.
Juno is about teenage pregnancy and abortion, a subject that many would consider bleak and not a suitable candidate for film guaranteed to put a smile on your face, yet has been handled in a way that makes for a completely unexpected and unprecedented experience. Juno McGuff is a relaxed and assured teenager who has to learn to mature as she is struck with an unexpected pregnancy.
Juno is a film that rises above the cinematic trend and creates its own - look today, Ellen Page and Michael Cera are household names, films depicting teenagers - not as hormonal, stroppy wrecks - but as equally impulsive yet smart and witty people . The film does not shy away from teenage life, but also does not create a caricature of it which no doubt created some of the films success. The fact that it applies to all of us, adults, nor teenagers can be alienated by the slightly alien dialect used throughout. This dialogue is the maind draw of the film - each line more entertaining than any explosion or car chase and yet this comes at the cost of some of its realism. Plot wise, it sounds mundane, however the dialogue really makes it come alive as a film more exiting and engrossing than any blockbuster, blockbusters thatâ€™s realism is never called into question. The fact is that every character in the film seems to be capable of making intelligent quips at any second and this feels wrong - simply because the writer Diablo Cody is incredibly witty and smart does not mean she should make every character that way, and yet she does and really it makes the film better, as any other film with this plot would simply be dull, her writing is what makes Juno unique.
The director, Jason Reitman does a proficient job but rarely steals the show save for a few scenes such as when Juno enters a hospital planning to have an abortion. Another factor for the films success comes down to the actors, Ellen Page does a fantastic job as Juno doing all the role required of her and more. Juno MacGuff is a headstrong teenager who's actions are naive and spontaneous. Page owes much to the writing, but as proven by her other work in Hard Candy and Inception she is a superb actress and perhaps another would not have been able to capture the character so perfectly. Upon this, the supporting cast including J.K Simmons and Allison Janney are amusing and supportive as their roles as father and step-mother respectively while Jennifer Garner and Jason Batmen do well in their conflicting portrayals of a married couple, one being unlovable yet loving, and the other likable and yet devious. The actor that is of most interest is Michael Cera, Some would say change can not be seen in chronological order, its only when reversing and looking back over something progression you can see the development and it can be said with Cera. His roles may be similar, but subtle changes across each should be noticed. His latest role of Scott Pilgrim may seem similar at first, but if you go back you will find his role as Paulie Bleeker to be far more insecure and nervous but not pathetically so while as Scott pilgrim he is confident and yes all the more pathetic. All his small details, subtle facial expressions and gestures that really make the character.
The film is brilliant yet awkward in its approach to acquiring the high level of entertainment it supplies and you will watch slightly aware does not quite fit, but without the pieces there in the first place we could never have this great film thatâ€™s flaws could not be removed without removing a core part of what makes Juno the lovable, warm film it is.
Movie Mind Says: Rent It
If You Like This You Should Watch: Garden State, The Ex (aka Fast Track)
Better Than: Smart People
Worse Than: American Beauty
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner
After a long string of testosterone-laden films I finally gave my wife the pick of rentals for a day. Much to my dismay, she came up with Juno. I had avoided it for a long time, but its viewing was inevitable, especially after all the awards and buzz. I knew there would be a day where it and I would cross paths. Obviously I lived to tell about it, but I am still trying to wrap my head around how I feel overall. An easy summation would be to call this film Knocked Up for girls. Unfortunately, I think that may only be half the truth.
Ellen Page certainly earned all the praise she received playing Juno MacGuff, a high school junior who gets knocked-uÃ¢â‚¬Â¦excuse me, impregnated, by her slacker band-friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). The film takes us through what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like being a high school girl who thought she had everything figured out about life, but realizes there is far more to learn.
Even if you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t watch the Academy Awards or read anything about the stripper-to-award-winning writer-tale that accompanied it, my male readers would probably need all of 4 minutes to determine that this was a film written by a woman, for women. Not that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anything wrong with that of course. It takes gall and a lot of faith in the viewing public to broach this subject in a mainstream manner and especially to do it in a comedic fashion. Teen pregnancy is something that most of us donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to consider let alone watch on the big screen. This film may have irked some to the extent that it borders on glorification of an unfortunate situation, but otherwise I thought it was clever, witty, and emotional enough to carry me through. I am not going to brood over it like the critics did, but it was a very good film. It most certainly is even better for the female audience.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it was done in an evil way, but the writerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective of this situation was unabashedly looked at from a womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s la-la land. First there is JunoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father Mac, played by J.K. Simmons. While most of his prior notable roles include the hard-case newspaper boss from Spiderman, Jonah Jameson, he takes an incredibly softer role here and is wonderful in it. Wonderful, if the goal was to build a hip, modern-day dad with no flaws, that is. See, while he is happily remarried and lives by extremely modest amenities, they do nothing to downplay his openness and understanding of his daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s situation. When informed by Juno about the bun in the oven, he barely expresses disappointment in his daughter and immediately takes the supportive role. He even questions the Ã¢â‚¬Å“abilitiesÃ¢â‚¬Â of the babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father before commenting on his daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actionsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦certainly a noble portrayal but not one that is realistic for many dads out there. Correct me if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m wrong, but how many dads would not have even experienced an elevated heart rate upon hearing that news?
The next example of an overly feminine touch is the bumbling baby-daddy, Bleeker. He is innocent, vulnerable, and basically drawn out to be a mere patsy in the whole situation. Juno on the other hand, is a sharp, witty, and quirky girl who somehow manages to have it almost all together under the most trying of circumstances. She is the young modern-day woman, albeit a teen outcast, at only 16 years old. It was her decision to take advantage of poor Bleeker who everyone in the film canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe Ã¢â‚¬Å“had it in himÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The most obvious example of the overly feminine touch is CodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s portrayal of Jason BatemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character, Mark Loring. Mark is the husband of Vanessa (Garner) who will become the adoptive parents of JunoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s baby. He is painted as a heartless creep who is stuck in a sell-out-hell of a music career. His wife is so needy for a child that it just makes him seem that much more evil for not wanting one. I think Diablo Cody drew him up as a combination of the worst patrons who used to stick dollar bills in her g-string at the Diamond Gold Club or wherever her past calling was. He is a manipulative, disgrace of a man who nearly commits statutory rape and has no qualms about leaving his wife high and dry in the most important time of her life. Boy, those guys must have been bad tippers, Diablo.
Sorry for getting too cynical here, but I did have an open mind with this film. I also thought it was done really well. It is better than 90% of the studio garbage that comes out nowadays. But that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have issues with the portrayal of the male characters. Listen to meÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I sound like a heated feminist who get all riled up about women being used only as sex objects! Maybe this is merely payback to all the male-centric films and accompanying characters. I thought Knocked Up provided a little fairer perspective of both gender sides, even though the humor was clearly written by men and for men. I feel that while the humor in Juno was obviously for the women in the audience, the roles were just as one-sided. I guess no other male critics had the nards to call this a Ã¢â‚¬Å“chick flickÃ¢â‚¬Â, but I will.
Interesting Cameo Appearance: Rainn Wilson (Mr. Dwight Schrute, Jim HalpertÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s antithesis on NBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Office, and proprietor of ShruteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Beet Farm in rural Scranton, PA) as Rollo, a quirky convenience store clerk who is a little too nosy for his own good.
Vanessa Loring: Your parents are probably wondering where you are.
Juno MacGuff: NahÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I mean, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?
Mac MacGuff: Hey there, big puffy version of Junebug!
Juno MacGuff: You shouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gone to China, you know, Ã¢â‚¬â„¢cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.
Mac MacGuff: Did you see that coming?
Bren: YeahÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but I was hoping she was expelled, or into hard drugs.
Mac MacGuff: That was my first instinct too. Or a DWIÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ anything but this!
Rollo: That ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t no etch-a-sketch. This is one doodle that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be un-did, homeskillet.
Juno MacGuff: I could like, have this baby and give it to someone who like totally needs it.
Leah: You should look in the PennySaver.
Juno MacGuff: They have ads for parents?
Leah: Yeah! Ã¢â‚¬ËœDesperately Seeking Spawn.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Rollo: You better pay for that pee-stick when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re done with it. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yours just because you marked it with your urine!
Juno MacGuff: Yeah, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a legend. You know, they call me the cautionary whale.
Mac MacGuff: Next time I see that Bleeker kid IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to punch him in the wiener.
Mac MacGuff: Thanks for having me and my irresponsible child over your house.
Bren: Doctors are sadists who like to play God and watch lesser people scream.
Juno MacGuff: Oh, and she inexplicably mails me a cactus every ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Juno MacGuff: I could so go for like a huge cookie right now, with like, a lamb kabob simultaneously.
Juno MacGuff: Wow your shorts are like especially gold today.
Paulie Bleeker: My mom uses color safe bleach.
Juno MacGuff: Go Carol.
Juno MacGuff: I named my guitar Ã¢â‚¬Å“RooseveltÃ¢â‚¬Â-not Ted, Franklin. You know, the cute one, with polio.
Paulie Bleeker: You seem to be getting pregnanter these days.
Mark Loring: Vanessa gave me my own room for all my stuff.
Juno MacGuff: She gave youÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ your own room inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ in your whole house? For yourÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ for your stuff? Wow, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got you on a long leash, Mark.
Mac MacGuff: You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even remember to give Liberty Bell her breathing meds
Juno MacGuff: God that was one time! And she did not die if you recall.
*** Quotable Quotes:
Su-Chin: I'm having a little trouble concentrating.
Juno: Oh well I could sell you some of my Adderall if you want.
Su-Chin: No thanks I'm off pills.
Juno: That's a wise choice because I knew this girl who like had this crazy freak out because she took too many behavioral meds at once and she like ripped off her clothes, and dove into the fountain at Ridgedale Mall and was like, "Blah I am a Kracken from the sea!"
Su-Chin: I heard that was you.
Juno: Yeah, I'm a legend. You know, they call me the cautionary whale.
Juno: You should've gone to China, you know, 'cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.
Bren: When you move out I'm getting two Weimaraners!
Juno: Whoa, dream big!
***At a glance:
Diablo CodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quirky Oscar-winning screenplay about teen pregnancy is skillfully brought to the screen by director Jason Reitman and a talented cast, headed by the unique Ellen Page.
Juno (Ellen Page) is sixteen and her moment of passion with Paul (Michael Cera), a boy she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know she is in love with, ends with a pregnancy. Unable to go through with her initial decision to have an abortion, she opts for pregnancy, finding a picture-perfect childless couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman). Director Jason Reitman, coming off the success of Thank You For Smoking, follows it up with his deft understated comedic touch. Page is a standout, showing real talent and a looseness in body and voice that shows sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be able to play a variety of roles. The script divides good lines among the cast, which is rounded out by Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons. Cera is my personal favorite, portraying the sensitive, intelligent, soft-spoken, unsure nerd character he brought to comic life in the Arrested Development series. Deservedly, Diablo Cody won the 2008 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
***Other reviewers said:
"Juno...is smart, witty, and engaging -- three ingredients that, when applied to any film, comprise a recipe for success."
- James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
"That essence of pugnacious energy that is Ellen Page has just taken another solid step toward certain stardom."
- Jules Brenner (Cinema Signals)
This movie was extremely funny!The main character Juno/Ellen Page is a very talented actress!The movie was about a pregnant teen that gives her baby away.This movie is extremely funny and it even made me cry.This movie is THE BOMB! I would say more but i am not a movie spoiler. It could not be any better.
one of the best movies i have seen in a long time, the young lead actress (i forgot her name)did a superb job, even though she is only seventeen, she acted in a very mature, professional way...thats why she has been nominated for an oscar..the story is simple but very realistic..this is really a fantastic flick, dont miss it......
In the opening credits of this film we see a 16 year old girl walking the sidewalk downing a jug of sunny d. as i watch perplexed, i think to myself that this is a very unique opening, as she walks there is a track playing in the background that can only be described as indie and it suits the film so well. as i continue to watch i realize that the intro isn't the only thing original, its the whole movie. the dialogue is fresh, the satire bristling, and the performances are some of the best this year. granted the ensemble multiplies the quality.
the cast is great ellen page, who was unforgettable in the provocative drama, hard candy, stands out again as a teenager, who, despite the pregnancy, is able to display a level of cool that hasn't been shown since ferris bueller. michael cera, fresh from superbad does his shy guy routine which would be boring if his quirks weren't so endearing (i.e. orange tic tacs, shaving his inner thighs). jennifer garner is fantastic as the uptight, serious, controlling wife of jason bateman who so desperately wants a child. jason batmean, who was the reason y i came to the movie, is the complete opposite of his wife as the fun loving, cool, commercial jingle composer who wins the audience over then quickly loses their respect by his irresponsibility (you'll see). j.k. simmons plays the understanding father figure while allison janey kind of dupes him by being even more compassionate. when an ultrasound techinician questions juno's parenting skills janey takes her head off in a way that left me touched and exhilarated at the same time. even the extras are great, juno's best friend played by olivia thirlby is hilarious as is the counter girl at the abortion counter and rainn wilson as the conevient store clerk.
jason reitman was great with his directoin in the satirical Thank You for Smoking but he easily out does himself in this masterpiece. the sets are a perfect reflection for each character's personality. as i said earlier the acting is top notch. the innocence of juno and bleaker making love brought me back to my own first time. each actor brings their own spice to the film but none are as overpowering as the other, except for maybe juno, but let her have it. a cool chick like that deserves the spotlight.