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Movie Review: Juno

I am so in love with Ellen Page right now.

Juno is about a 16 year old, Juno, who gets pregnant and has to deal with it in a way that only a sixteen year old could – professional detachment from the whole icky business.

This movie is perfect. The humour is light-hearted and on target. The drama is poignant without dragging the whole thing down. The pace is incredible, keeping the action moving when it needs to and slowing when you need to absorb the moment. Clocking in just over an hour and a half, there’s barely enough time to get to know the whole cast, but the main players come across so well that it feels longer, but in a good way. The actors do so well – at first, I thought Jennifer Garner was a little over the top, but she comes around by the end, really stepping into her role. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera still remind me a bit too much of Arrested Development, but none-the-less play excellent support roles.

I’m tempted to give this four and a half, surely finding some flaw or another, but Ellen Page again trounces any chance of me giving it less than a full endorsement. ★★★★★

4 replies on “Movie Review: Juno

i assumed Juno was directed by the same guy that directed Knocked Up, because it’s about unexpected pregnancy and Michael Cera stars as Juno’s boyfriend (he was in Superbad, a close relative of Knocked Up).

Juno: directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody.

Superbad: directed by Greg Mattola, written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg.

Knocked Up: written & directed by Judd Apatow.

Apatow is the producer of Superbad, and Jonah Hill is the only other connection between that and Knocked Up. Juno is entirely unrelated.

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