Movie Review – Juno – Great Date Movie

Funny, Cute, Warm, with a Little Edge

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Title: Juno

Release Date: 2007

Director: Jason Reitman

My wife and I saw the trailer during a few other movies and thought that it looked like a good movie. We both love the chick flicks indie romantic comedy stuff. We were off from work and decided to give it a shot. Wow, we were both glad we did. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no Citizen Kane, but it’s a really good movie.

Go see this movie. Take a date, or someone that you want to have a nice time with. You will surely be glad that you did.

Overview

Juno (16 years old) gets pregnant after having sex once with her friend Bleeker. She decides to have the baby and put it up for adoption. I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I’ll withhold some of the plot. The rest of the movie revolves around the trials and tribulations of a pregnant teen trying to live a “normal” life until the adoption takes place. As you might expect, some weird stuff happens along the way (most of it funny) and she grows up while she navigates the choppy waters. The ending is a toss up, there were two things that had to get closure: Keep or Give Away the baby and Find true love or Not. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but one goes the cliche Hollywood route and the other does not. See it for yourself to find out.

Cast

Listed in order of significance.
Ellen PageJuno MacGuff Sharp, witty, sarcastic; perfect for the part. She carries that entire movie and does it well. I expect big things from her. Kind of reminds me of Natalie Portman’s part in Beautiful Girls.
Michael CeraPaulie Bleeker He’s the perfect image of the awkward teenage dork who is still kinda cool. Another nice job. See what I thought of the job he did in SuperBad.
Jennifer GarnerVanessa Loring Just a cliche rip off of Brie Van De Camp. I like her, but this was a pretty lame roll.
Jason BatemanMark Loring Can’t stand the guy, but he was actually likeable in this movie. (Until he got all creepy in the end.)
Allison JanneyBren MacGuff Nice job as the “not-so-wicked” step mom from middle America.
J.K. SimmonsMac MacGuff Very funny and believable as the dad of the pregnant teen.

Take a look at the trailer.

This movie has a great soundtrack. Get the Juno Soundtrack here.

Rating:

I rated this move a strong 4 out of 5 stars. (Maybe a 4 plus)

  • Excellent acting, direction, soundtrack.
  • Characters that I could identify with and root for.
  • An ending that made me feel satisfied, yet surprised.

Very good movie.

Recommendation

Go see this movie. Take a date, or someone that you want to have a nice time with. You will surely be glad that you did.

Other Reviews

New York Times

Yahoo User Reviews

Rotten Tomatoes

Roger Ebert

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