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Juno: Sweet, Cute, and Funny as a Newborn Puppy

As you may have heard by now — since one can't throw a hamburger telephone without hitting another Juno lover — there are so many reasons to see Juno and basically no reason not to. So, just how endearing can one movie be? Let me count the ways . . .

  1. The story.
    The plot is basically this: Smart-talking teenage Juno (Ellen Page) and her goofy (yet self-aware) best guy friend/onetime sexual partner Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) find themselves unexpectedly expecting, and Juno seeks out a well-to-do young couple (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) to adopt the baby. What's wonderful about this story is that it's simple, and the things that make it interesting are merely the things you would expect to make it interesting in real life: the actual emotions involved in being a pregnant high school kid; the strains of parenthood on a couple; the what-now limbo pains of two people who had sex and now don't know where they stand. It's sweeter and stranger than real life, but only by a little bit, so it's still relateable.
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  3. The script.
    First-time screenwriter Diablo Cody astounds me. There have been countless comparisons drawn between this movie and Napoleon Dynamite, but Juno simply has more compassion and is way cuter. Cody manages to balance humor and heart in a way that's accessible but not overdone, quirky but not "weird for weird's sake" and touching but not saccharine. She's my new American hero.
  4. The music.
    From the original music by Kimya Dawson to beloved favorites by Belle and Sebastian and Sonic Youth, the soundtrack to this movie is a hipster's dream. Every song in the film is so in keeping with the tone of Juno's world, you can't help but be swept along her journey with her. And if I think about the final scene's song too much, I will cry immediately. So, there's that.
  5. The main character.
    Juno is such an engaging character in every way. She's funny, sharply sarcastic, adorable, and a huge know-it-all. She's at times very young and scarily vulnerable, but this is easy to forget because she considers herself such a tough girl. Even if her adventure weren't so compelling, you would want to accompany her anywhere.
  6. Jason Reitman's direction.
    There is something about this director's attention to detail that is somehow comforting. The audience is completely immersed in this world, especially in the characters' homes, down to the last goofy-yet-still-preppy photo of the wealthy married couple and Juno's parents' worn furniture. Reitman truly wants us to sit cross-legged in Juno's room for a while, and this welcoming tone only deepens our affection for Juno and all the people she cares about.

Bottom line: If you're prone to enjoying these kinds of films — smaller indie movies with a lot of humor and some moments so sweet you might burst — Juno is for you.

To see the trailer and more clips from Juno check out movies.ivillage.com.

Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight

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gabichou26 gabichou26 8 years
Oh, I love Juno so much! Can't wait for it to come out on DVD--July, is it gonna be? It just seems sooo far away...
JennaV JennaV 8 years
AWESOME movie
Ms-Mooby Ms-Mooby 8 years
I want to see this so much! I've been waiting for forever!
AutumnWind AutumnWind 8 years
I cannot wait to see this film!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I want to see it!
seh79 seh79 8 years
I saw a screening of Juno a few weeks ago and it is easily the best movie I've seen all year. Check out the soundtrack too - awesome!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I just saw this... it's my favorite movie of the year.
erinflower erinflower 8 years
I really want to see this but I doubt our local theater will ever get it.
ricarocks ricarocks 8 years
brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! everything from the script to the performances....just amazing. as for the napoleon dynamite comparison, i think it's way closer to little miss sunshine. they both have that warm and loving but quirky tone.
carak carak 8 years
my sisters saw a screening of it and LOVED it. but yet it is still not playing in Richmond!
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
I've seen it and I looooved it!!! :)
darlene darlene 8 years
i can't wait to see this movie
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
"just for shit and giggles, i'm going to be the only person on earth who won't see JUNO and when my friends tell me that i miss a great film and i should see it, i would be like, "no bitch, you're just jealous that I didn't jump on the bandwagon and you did!" but i'll probably end up seeing the film. i'm a sucker for small indie films that get so much love." exactly what my chatter says right now except that it was cut after "but...."
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I can't WAIT to see this! I was going to go today but I had too much shopping to do.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Cant wait to see it..hope it doesn't suck. Michael Cera is cute!
amkc amkc 8 years
I am dying to see this. It looks and sounds wonderful. Ellen Page for Oscar!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I REALLY want to see this!!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Juno opens in the Pittsburgh market next week. Can't wait!
juliegal juliegal 8 years
i so wanna see this flick!
tralalala tralalala 8 years
I'm so excited for how much good buzz this is getting. To the person who commented on Dwight only being in the movie for a few minutes, if you want to see more Rainn Wilson + Jason Reitman action, they're making a ninja movie together (Bonzai Shadowhands).... They wrote it together, and Jason will direct while Rainn stars :) It should be pretty sweet
Marleaux Marleaux 8 years
I was laughing throughout the whole movie, then a cried at the end. I looooved this movie.
msjenniferjade msjenniferjade 8 years
I can't wait to see this. I just read Cody Diablo's book Candy Girl in one day. I could not put it down. I've checked out her blog too. This girl can write!
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I really really really really really want to see this
hoosiergirl98 hoosiergirl98 8 years
Saw it last night and it was GREAT!! Everyone was perfect for their roles. I especially loved Juno's dad and stepmom!
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
Can't wait - I think I'm going to go see this on Sunday
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