Film review: Juno (2007), directed by Jason Reitman
Snarky teenager Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) and hapless schoolmate Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) share a tender moment … leaving Juno pregnant. She’s not going to keep the baby, that’s very clear – after all, she’s just a child herself, really – but what to do?
Have someone else adopt it. Some people advertise for adoptive children, and in Juno’s case she settles for the Lorings: Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) and Mark (Jason Bateman). Vanessa desperately wants a child but is unable to have any, and Mark … well, he has a guitar and has a great taste in music, so he’s kinda cool.
But an awful lot of things can happen in nine months.
Also starring Allison Janney as stepmum Bren, J.K. Simmons as dad Mac, Olivia Thirlby as best friend Leah, and with a brief appearance from Rainn Wilson as a shop-assistant.
When the film came out, its writer (Diablo Cody) went from zero to hero. The dialogue sizzles (in a sort of Buffy way, which is perhaps not entirely realistic, but sounds great on film), and the film is really amusing, despite the serious subject of teenage pregnancy and abortion. The film is quirky (in a good way) and okay, while getting pregnant at age 16 isn’t the best thing to do, I’d still say Juno is a good role-model for girls. She’s determined, strong and you can’t put her down. She’s a fabulous character.
If you have somehow missed this film, please give it a go. It’s cute, it’s snarky, it’s great. I’m not sure what else to say, because I think it’s a really good little film with nice music, and it sparks a lot of questions about motherhood and relationships. Well-acted, well-scripted, just generally very well done.
5 out of 5 armchairs.