Release year: 2007
Director: Jason Reitman
Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Crea, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Jannney, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Rainn Wilson
Ratings: 1 Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 3 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Ellen Page), Best Director.
16-year-old Juno is faced with an unplanned pregnancy and decides to give the child to a childless couple.
Juno is Jason Reitman’s second movie and his first and most successful collaboration with Diablo Cody. This quirky, off-beat, and unusual comedy follows the teenager Juno, portrayed by Ellen Page (Inception 2010) who was Oscar nominated for her effort. Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010) does his usual thing as her best friend and part time lover, and by her side through thick and thin are her friend Leah (Olivia Thrilby) and wonderful dad and stepmum (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney on great form). The Oscar winning script is a sizzling cascade of Diablo Cody’s own special brand of English and may be off-putting to some, while others will love it. Ellen Page delivers it with an attitude that suggests she talks like this all the time. While Juno may at first seem like a indie comedy, it has a moving story at heart and deals with a serious issue. Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30 2004) is excellent as the career woman desperate to be a mother, while Jason Bateman (The Switch 2010) is quitely desperate as the husband who feels trapped in what his life is becoming. His scenes with Juno are some of the best, as the two of them keep circling the boundaries of a place called ‘wrong’. However irresponsible pregnant teenagers may be perceived to be, Juno has enough charm to keep negative attitudes towards her at bay, as she deals with a lot more than most adult have to deal with, while never losing sight of herself. A charming movie and a breakthrough for both the director, the screenwriter, and the lead actress.
Although set in the present not a single mobile phone is used in the film. The wonderfully quirky hamburger phone that Juno uses belongs to screenwriter Diablo Cody.
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