Juno

New review from The Movie Snob

Juno (A-). The ample buzz around this little movie is, to my mind, completely justified. I guess it’s sort of being billed as a comedy, but it’s not laugh-out-loud funny. There are some things you smile or chuckle at, but I thought it was a very thoughtful movie about serious issues and about characters you easily come to care about. Ellen Page (X-Men: The Last Stand) plays 16-year-old Juno MacGuff, a precocious, pint-sized high-schooler who seduces her best friend Paulie (Michael Cera, Superbad) and promptly gets pregnant. She considers and quickly rules out an abortion, tells her dad and stepmom in a great scene, and decides to give her baby to a yuppie couple that is desperately seeking to adopt (Jennifer Garner, Danny Collins; Jason Bateman, Paul). The movie basically takes us from conception to delivery, and Page carries the film like a pro. Sure, there are minor imperfections. Juno is a little too sophisticated for a 16-year-old. Although she and Paulie are supposedly best friends, it seems like they never talk about this rather significant development in their relationship. But these are just quibbles about a movie I really enjoyed. I’d also single out Garner, an actress I have never cared for, for a very nice performance. But they’re all good. Go see it. (But do be warned — it is pretty crude in spots. The PG-13 rating seems a little generous to me.)

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13 comments on “Juno

  1. […] (Greta Gerwig, Damsels in Distress) and has his head turned by her visiting friend (Ellen Page, Juno) while a spectral Alec Baldwin (Beetlejuice) looks on and offers advice.  A retired opera director […]

  2. […] Adult (B).  The writer-director team behind Juno (Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman) reteam for this dramedy starring the lovely Charlize Theron […]

  3. […] novel” that this movie is based on, but the previews kind of intrigued me. Michael Cera (Juno) stars as the title character, the 22-year-old bass player in a loud garage band. He’s still […]

  4. […] When in Rome) have flawless Hollywood figures, while the men range from average (Jason Bateman, Juno) to walrus-like (Faizon Love, Elf). Although I did laugh a small handful of times, I am confident […]

  5. […] in the Air (B+). This is another solid effort from director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You for Smoking), and it is getting great reviews (current Metacritic.com score: 82). George […]

  6. […] (X Men: The Last Stand) as Bliss Cavendar, a misfit high schooler not unlike the title character in Juno. Bliss is stuck in the tiny Texas town of Bodeen, her mom insists that she compete in local beauty […]

  7. […] thereafter try to show Connor the error of his philandering, loveless ways. Jennifer Garner (Juno), who is not my favorite actress in the world by a long shot, plays the One Who Got Away.  Emma […]

  8. […] of the season is probably the funnier half, featuring a story arc in which Michael (Jason Bateman, Juno) investigates George, Sr.’s claim that some sinister Brits set him up to take the fall for […]

  9. […] exposition. The CGI magic eventually starts to feel less than magical. Cute little Ellen Page (Juno) is wasted in a tiny part. And the whole movie is about time-traveling to save the world, a gimmick […]

  10. […] suspicion of illegal business dealings, leaving his one responsible child, Michael (Jason Bateman, Juno), to try to run the company while simultaneously managing his conniving mother Lucille and his […]

  11. […] am not sure what he learns, I think it has something to do with trying. Loved the soundtrack. Think Juno meets Garden State. I give it an “A.” Check it […]

  12. […] City look like Mayberry.) After Hancock gives a helping hand to p.r. man Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno), Ray wants to repay the favor by giving Hancock some free public-relations advice. The movie takes […]

  13. […] this movie, under many layers of garbage. Seth (Jonah Hill, Hail, Caesar!) and Evan (Michael Cera, Juno) are best friends. They are also high-school seniors on the verge of graduating and going their […]

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