Sunday, June 08, 2008


I'd heard a bit about this movie before I watched it, and I was a little leery. But I liked it. Ellen Page is Juno, a 16-year-old girl who's pregnant by her nominal boyfriend (Michael Cera). She decides to allow a couple played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. Complications ensue. That's about it for the plot. No explosions, no car chases. It's all about character.

I have no idea how I'd have reacted if my daughter had found herself in Juno's situation. I hope I'd have been as understanding and supportive as the parents (Jonah Jameson, er, J. K. Simmons, and Allison Janney) in this movie, and I'd also hope that my daughter would have a friend like Leah (Olivia Thirlby).

The script had some very funny lines, and the whole cast did a fine job of delivering them. I'll be interested to see what Diablo Cody comes up with in her next produced script.

All in all, a nice, quiet movie that I enjoyed spending some time with.


Ben Rehder said...

Maybe so, but I had a hard time with the fact that the baby was born with two heads.

Bill Crider said...

Two heads are better than one.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I really liked the way my initial take on the adoptive couple: he, cool, she a hardass, was turned on its ear. A cute movie with some depth to the writing and great acting. Only scene that bothered me was the one where her stepmother came down so hard on the tech. It seemed over the top to attack her because she was a working class woman rather than that she was judgmental.

Bill Crider said...

That scene bothered me a little, too. It seemed a little out of character for the stepmother.