Movie Review – Juno – Subtle


Juno is a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker. With the help of her hot best friend Leah, Juno finds her unborn child a “perfect” set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa, longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.

This is a fairly low budget movie from a first time screenwriter (Diablo Cody an ex-stripper) that has won some critical acclaim and some heavyweight awards (Best Original Screenplay Oscar and a bunch of other nominations). It also scored very highly on IMDB making the top 250 easily.

It’s a movie that some average Joes won’t like, it’s rather caustic, it doesn’t have a very twisty plot or much of a plot at all really. It’s an exceedingly human movie, it’s about the journey of a young girl, her decisions (abort, continue or retry hoho), her sarcasm, her issues and the people around her.

Ellen Page is very convincing and snarky as Juno, the star and Michael Cera plays pretty much the same role he did in Superbad.

Ellen Page and Michael Cera in  Juno.

He has the most classic dopey expression evar! He fits the role well though and it’s all rather sweet in the end.

The movie expands well on the yuppie couple too, which I guess most writers wouldn’t – those secondary people tend to get glossed over in most movies. I think what wins with this movie is the fact it ambles along, it’s relaxed, but it doesn’t miss anything and has a surprising depth.

For most audiences it’ll have trouble competing against the frenetic big budget movies with huge names and massive marketing budgets, but if you want to see a real movie about real people – this is definitely one to watch.

The dialogue is great, it has moments that are laugh out loud funny – that’s if you appreciate extremely crude insults and witty reparte.

I give Juno a refreshing sidestep from big budget overload 7.5/10.




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11 Responses to Movie Review – Juno – Subtle

  1. pinkpau February 29, 2008 at 1:59 am #

    “but oh no, we should just make out instead la la la”

    ellen page kicks ass. have you watched Hard Candy?

  2. Dr. Tan February 29, 2008 at 9:38 am #

    Oh I saw this on BBC a few months ago but forgot about it.

    Thanks boss.

  3. sabrina February 29, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    It’s hard to believe she was the same girl who acted in X-3….she was so forgettable there!

  4. ShaolinTiger February 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    pinkpau: Nope – will put it in my list. She was so forgettable in X-3.

    Dr. Tan: Do give it a watch.

    sabrina: Yah I know, almost like 2 completely different people (with different acting abilities). I guess a lot is to do with the movie though + direction. X-men is not sold on acting and character building – it’s sold on fancy costumes and special effects.

  5. Ben February 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    A real movie about real people. Sounds interesting. Will look out for this movie.

  6. thatjames February 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    Good review. Gotta get me the DVD.
    And yeah, I second Hard Candy.

  7. Dabido February 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    I wanted to audition for the part of Juno, but my agent said I looked TOO pregnant … plus I’m a guy … and old!

  8. patrick April 30, 2008 at 5:16 am #

    i assumed Juno was directed by the same guy that directed Knocked Up, because it’s about unexpected pregnancy and Michael Cera stars as Juno’s boyfriend (he was in Superbad, a close relative of Knocked Up).

  9. ShaolinTiger April 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm #

    Ben: Definitely worth a watch!

    thatjames: Haven’t managed to get Hard Candy yet..

    Dabido: Hmm makes sense 😛

    patrick: Nah they aren’t related at all.

  10. lelik August 15, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    Really liked this movie! Buy the way, this girl was in another cool movie “hard candy” you should check it out, really nice one!

  11. Siddiq January 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I loved this movie like crazy. Watched it for over 5 times already. A great movie, indeed.