Plot – Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child – Juno
Director – Jason Reitman
Released – 2007
Back when Juno first came out, the hype surrounding it was deafening, which was part of the reason it took so long for me to watch it. But after that time, intrigue got the better of me and now I’m disappointed that I waited so long to watch this quirky and touching story about adolescent love, responsibility and teenage pregnancy.
Where right from moment one you’re drawn into the bizarre world of Juno as she progresses through all the stages of her pregnancy and various other problems, coming of age along the way.
Most of what makes Juno so gripping is the commanding presence of Page. Their performance here is astounding and watching her mature throughout the movie is really quite gripping. Playing the character of Juno in a way that felt authentic, earnest and a slight chip on his shoulder, just as you’d expect from a teenager.
And while you will have seen similar fast-talking and quick-witted characters in the past, here Page makes the character their own, fully committing to the less glamorous aspects of the story when the pregnancy hormones kick in. This is exactly the performance I was expecting from the young person that was so memorable in Hard Candy.
The supporting cast also takes turns to further compliment Page’s terrific acting. Garner and Bateman’s characters, while not as developed as Juno, are wonderful as the hopeful adoptive parents of Juno’s baby.
While Cera is superb as the naïve teenage father of the baby. His shy and awkward chemistry with Page is perfect and leads to some great moments of heartfelt drama between the young lovers. J. K. Simmons and Allison Janney round out the cast, providing some deeply funny and dramatic moments as Juno’s parents.
But as we’ve seen in the past, a great cast and powerful performances don’t always guarantee a wonderful film if the screenplay is lacking. Luckily, however, Diablo Cody created something wonderful and while they filled the start with an abundance of witty and sarcastic banter that can feel a little forced at times, the film gradually found its footing and the perfect level of drama and humour.
Quickly developing a level of depth you wouldn’t expect in a quirky indie flick about teenage pregnancy.
Along with Little Miss Sunshine, Juno succeeds at tackling a serious subject in a humorous and heartwarming manner, satisfying viewers of any age with its witty lines, outstanding acting from the entire cast and likable characters.