January 4, 2008 Juno
Studio: Fox Searchlight Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and language.
Teen pregnancies are rarely planned. Dealing with one is the main focus of the comedy "Juno."
Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Ellen Page, "Juno" shows us what happens when a smart and likable teen has a one night stand with her nerdy friend (Michael Cera).
Although Juno's parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) don't approve of her situation they do love her deeply. So they do their best to help Juno through what is obviously a difficult and trying time.
Eventually, Juno decides the baby will be better off with a couple wanting a child of their own. She sets out to find the perfect parents and happens upon Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.
How Juno meets them what happens afterwards gives the movie its real heart.
"Juno" is well-written and funny. The actors fit into their roles like they were born to play them. Although some things go a little more smoothly in the film than they do in real life the story is so good you forgive those moments and just enjoy the ride.
Former stripper and first time screenwriter Diablo Cody's work feels fresh and honest. It's a very real experience in a make-believe universe.
On my rating scale, "Juno" hits a Home Run.
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