Local opening date: December 21, 2007
Reviewed by Diane Carson
The ad for
director Jason Reitman's film Juno
might go something like, "She's 16, pregnant, and looking for a loving couple
to adopt her baby." But that would barely suggest the creative approach writer
Diablo Cody takes to Juno MacGuff's clichéd situation, for Juno is whip smart,
fast talking, and too clever by half for shallow, hypocritical adults.
Ellen Page is perfection, telegraphing a believable intelligence, sharp sense
of humor, and crucial sincerity. Because Page anchors the film, she must snap her
comic zingers even as she makes her frustration, anger, and vulnerability
equally clear. The upscale couple selected-Vanessa and Mark Loring, played by
Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman-appropriately ooh and ahh while suggesting
the trouble to come. As the pieces fall into place, as the pregnancy
progresses, as Juno waddles around, good intentions and big-hearted people
At its Telluride
Film Festival premiere, Diablo Cody said she wrote Juno in an amazingly quick two months time a couple years ago
wanting to dream up something that had not been done. Jason Reitman, yes, Ivan
Reitman's son, is the ideal person to direct for two reasons. He's shown his
ability to make an iconoclastic film with Thank
You for Smoking and his wife gave birth a couple weeks before they started
filming Juno. At its first screening,
many characters' lines were lost in the audience's riotous laughter. A fabulous
scene is Juno revealing her pregnancy to her father and step-mom, beautifully
played by the always wonderful Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons who guess many
worse offenses than pregnancy. Also up to the task is Juno's boyfriend Paulie,
Michael Cera of Superbad fame. His
awkwardness offers a necessary complement to Juno's composure.
choices serve the storytelling without being exceptional or distracting.
Well-chosen songs and music add energy, and the debate about the relative
merits of Dario Argento and Herschell Gordon Lewis highlights good writing. Without
cutesy pretense or phony moralizing, Juno
is a fresh, enjoyable film. At Landmark's Plaza Frontenac and Tivoli
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