A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody and Ellen Page take a bow. Juno is by far one of the best movies of the year. I said after watching Hard Candy, that Ellen Page was an actress that one day will most definitely win an Oscar should the right role come along, and until now, I had never heard of writer Diablo Cody. Well ladies, you'd better start writing those acceptance speeches. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards which includes Best Director Nominee Jason Reitman, Juno is a must see for all movie fans. Plenty of laughs, highly recommended.
Teenage Problems In a Teenage World
As the 16-year-old Juno MacGuff finds out about an unwanted pregnancy, she suddenly has some big choices waiting to be made. In addition to the pregnancy in general, this is basically what "Juno" revolves around.
Personally, I've never found these movies depicting a somewhat miserable suburban life - especially ones of teenagers - and its problems very entertaining; on the contrary, mostly strenuous and depressing. With all of the misery out there, why would you want to go and devote a couple of hours to watching it on a big screen? Just a thought.
Juno, on the other hand, generally rose above all that. It had a positive take on a lot of the things that were dealt with, which is exactly what kept me watching. The humour was occasionally refreshing - totally thanks to Ellen Page and J. K. Simmons - and actually funny, and I definitely had a few laughs during the movie. Still, I was surprised about the genre placement for Juno, since personally I would not categorize this as a comedy.
As mentioned, some of the actors perform very well in the movie, namely Ellen Page and J. K. Simmons, but why not Jennifer Garner too. I found her role to be a bit irritating, but thinking about it afterwards, she actually pulled off the whole thing in a quite convincing manner. The rest of the cast was average, which I personally expected to a certain degree.
There's nothing outstanding about the movie, nor is there nothing really good either. Worth mentioning are Ellen Page's acting performance, and the refreshing optimism that is present throughout the movie. These are not enough to salvage a movie like this, and that is exactly why my verdict isn't higher than what it is.