Juno DVD Review

17 Oct

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That is right, I am reviewing Juno. I, unlike 98% of America, had not seen this movie yet. On Monday I was at my local RedBox (where else would I be?) and entered my free promo code and rented Juno wondering if it could ever live up to the hype. All I had heard was good things about this movie and I personally loved Michael Cera in Superbad and Ellen Page was wonderful in Smart People. So I rented it, for free, took it home and watched it.

Juno (Page) is about a teenage girl who gets pregnant and the craziness that surrounds that situation. What is it  like to go to high school very pregnant? The movie does show some difficulties, but for the most part it seems that the movie glosses over what could be a horrible situation, probably because this movie is a comedy first. Most of the laughs come from Juno’s foul, smart ass mouth.

Juno originally decides to have an abortion and goes to a woman’s clinic but doesn’t go through with it. She decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption and just happens to find an ad in the Pennysaver from a couple looking to adopt a baby. The Lorings (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) seem like the perfect, rich, young couple wanting a baby. Pretty quickly you see the cracks in the foundation of this couples relationship and the strain of getting ready for the baby become too much.

The father, Paulie Bleeker (Cera), reminds me a lot of my good friend, and roommate, Rob. Hes tall, skinny, lanky and kind of a shy geek. Bleeker and Juno only had a one night relationship, but it is very obvious that Bleeker would like it to be more and eventually Juno shows she is jealous when Bleeker asks a different girl to the prom, even though Juno told him to ask her.

Juno’s dad (J.K. Simmons) and Stepmother (Allison Janney) are key in supporting Juno and helping her through the tough emotional times. Without their strong parental guidance there is little doubt that the teenager would have crumbled under the weight of the emotions. Her dad helps her to a key realization, though he thinks they are talking about him, as he points out to her that she already has special people in her life who are their to support her. She immediately realizes how much she is in love with Bleeker and goes out and fills Bleeker’s mailbox with boxes of Orange Tic Tacs, his one vice.

The movie has a very happy and touching ending as a new mother and child start their new life together while two teenagers come together to begin their life together. The acting is wonderful and I really felt like I was really watching these young people go through these issues.

The music in this movie is great and really moves the movie. I love the song they sing together at the end. “Anyone Else But You”

If you haven’t already seen this movie, and you probably have, I would recommend you go see it. I plan on purchasing this DVD and adding it to my collection.

I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and say it really lived up to the hype. Its a touching love story, a coming of age story, a hilarious comedy and still tackles a pretty tough subject.

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2 Responses to “Juno DVD Review”

  1. Scott October 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm #

    I agree. Very funny movie. Good story. The music is a perfect fit.

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