Juno is a delightful story about a girl who is going to give up her baby for adoption when it is born.
This humorous, drama gets a nod with a 9.
Juno (Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde in X-Men 3) is 16 year old junior and decides to have sex with her best friend ending up pregnant. She decides to give the baby up for adoption to an high octane yuppie couple (Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman). This is her story.
Right from the quirky opening credits I knew that I would like it (fine, I had heard good things from a friend). While teen-age pregnancy is nothing to laugh about, this movie made me laugh often as Juno is a sarcastic and clever girl. This is a very upbeat and smart story with the proper amount of sober moments thrown in for balance. It was a great plot and compared very favorably to One Missed Call, which had immediately preceded it.
Ellen Page is a delightful actress. She played the role with spunk and enthusiasm. I look forward to her future work. As much as I hate to say it, Jason Bateman did a good job. Jennifer Garner was wooden and stereotypical for her role. Her face looks like she was starving herself. Maybe that’s how suburban Stepford wives look. She needs a role where she can kick people in the face. Overall, the acting was great. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office, also House of 1,000 Corpses, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, he’s funny) had a very funny cameo as the drug store clerk at the beginning.
This movie was great, and I would not be surprised to see Ellen Page nominated for an Oscar or a Golden Globe.
See it and support great cinema.