Movie Review: Juno

Fox Searchlight Pictures' films do not perform generally well in the box-office since it tends towards "non-mainstream" themes and slants toward the indie genre. So when one of its releases jump the $100 million box-office earnings hurdle, there must be something up right?

Juno is that film and it has won over critics and the movie-going public with a story about an acerbic, fast-talking teen rocker who realizes she's pregnant. Ellen Page plays Juno Macgruff with much skill and ease that her performance ties Diablo Cody's excellent writing and Jason Reitman's skillful direction together in one tight bundle. Here's a sample line from the movie, said by Juno as and advice to a prospective adoptive couple:
You should've gone to China, you know, 'cause I hear they give away babies like
free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and
shoot them out at sporting events.

Nice line huh?

If the movie is a lens to what's happening in American society, I am personally surprised by how the characters reacted to Juno's pregnancy. It seemed like it was automatic to visit an abortion clinic, parents to outright accept the situations and find adoptive parents in classified ads. This is probably because of the cultural differences in the Asian and North American contexts.

Storywise, Juno is no heavyweight, but it's the dialogue and character development that gets it over the hump.

Rating: 4/5

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