It's a breath of fresh air to watch this movie about teenagers, and it's not about gross out sex and drugs and silly slapstick with talented hacks. It's refreshing to see a movie about teenagers with witty dialogue. Although maybe it's innacurate, at least my brain didn't get dumbing down from most of teenage flicks. This one, actually a good discussion movie about friendship and maturity.
Juno (Ellen Page) is only sixteen years old, and she's pregnant by her best friend, Pauly Bleaker (Michael Cera). At first she wanted to have an abortion, but changed her mind, and with the help from her best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), she decided to tell her parents about her pregnancy. Shocked at first, her parents, (J.K Simmons and Allison Jenney) supports their daughter to give up the baby for an adoption. Juno answers an ad for parent, and visit the would-be parent named Vanessa (Jennifer Gardner) and Mark (Jason Bateman). How Juno deals with the pregnancy, the heartbreak, and becoming mature before her time? Directed by Jason Reitman. Written by Diablo Cody.
I was surprised when watching this movie, because I've never heard dialogue that being written so cleverly and witty. The script is funny, and there are plenty of quotes to go around. The movie actually stir away from the heavy tone of teen pregnancy and abortion, instead they made it as light as possible. Sure, it is a comedy after all even though based on a heavy material. The soundtrack of this movie is really the drive of this movie. I love the music by Moldy Peaches with the title "Anyone Else But You." It's a romantic song. Yes, it's an indie movie so it has its quirkiness which I think it's really great. Despite the witty and sharp dialogue, I found the movie is not believable at all. There is no way that Juno will get away in most anything that happened. And she took her pregnancy rather lightly.
Most teenagers will freak out if they have unexpected pregnancy. Her parents are so cool, I don't think they exist in real life. There is no way that her parents accept Juno irresponsibility and let her slide in most mistakes. But again, this is a comedy and a movie -- of course we have to suspend our belief. And teenagers DO NOT talk like that in every day life. "Honest to blog?" Ugh, I hate that quote. It seems they talk like that to be cool, or it's a passe for another memorable pop culture line like the one from "Valley Girl". Juno is likeable know-it-all and maybe a smart mouth most of the time. She wants to be recognized as an adult, whilst she isn't. When she cannot understand something beyond her maturity level, she deals it with the only thing she knows. In real life; she's bitchy and annoying. But because this is a movie, I am willing to let it pass.
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