Quirky, awkward, and truthful could describe "Juno" the indie sleeper hit of 2007. Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Ellen Page in a star making role. The film was written by the equally quirky and unorthodox Diablo Cody. Her dialogue is snappy and full of pop slang, but in the moment feels real and truthful "Juno" was nominated for 4 Academy Awards with Cody picking up the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
The story takes place in
Minnesota (Yea, I live there) over the
course of the 4 seasons, believe it or not it's not cold and snowy year
round. Sixteen year old Juno MacGuff has
sex with Paulie Bleeker a friend of hers played by Michael Cera and shortly
thereafter finds out she's pregnant.
Juno lives with her dad (J.K. Simmons), her stepmom Bren (Alison Janney)
and her little sister in a boring middle class suburb. After talking with her best friend Leah and
breaking the news to Paulie, she decides to go to a clinic for an
abortion. She has seconds thoughts and
decides to keep the baby and give it up for adoption.
Juno finds the right parents from an ad in the Penny Saver, Mark and Vanessa, a young couple from
(about an hour from Minneapolis). Upon meeting them she really seems to click
with Mark, played by Jason Bateman who at the time also played Michael Cera's
father in the TV Show "Arrested Development". However Mark is a little reluctant to become
a father and still has some growing up to do while Vanessa, played by Jennifer
Garner, is the one really pushing and desperately wants to be a mother. Juno is very cool about the whole thing but
is soon over whelmed with "things beyond her maturity level". The relationship between Juno and Mark starts
to get a little weird and the whole plan is on the brink of collapse, all while
her and Paulie work to find out what this all means for them and their future.
Ellen Page makes this movie what it is as she melds perfectly with Cody's dialogue. As for Michael Cera he literally plays the same character no matter what he is in, although he does fit in well within the story as a tall lanky dufus. Watching this movie about 8 years later it does seem a little dated, but it's a comedy that for its time period was fun and entertaining.