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I was embaressed to go into the cinema to watch this one. At first I was supposed to go as a date with this chick, but that fucked up and I ended up going with 2 other guys. How straight we must have looked. Anywho, this movie got overwhelmingly positive reviews, and even scored an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, so surely it couldn't be that bad, could it? Oh yeah, it sure could.
The plot revolves around the title character Juno, who falls pregnant after losing her virginity to her friend on a couch. Score! But yeah, for whatever reason they didn't use a condom and Juno is stuck with a dillema. She considers an abortion, but pussies out at the last minute and decides to have the baby and put it up for adoption. She finds a family to adopt the baby in her newspaper. The family in question are Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, who happen to be rich and live in a huge house, it is never really explained why they couldn't have kids on their own, but it turns out that they have tried adoption before and the mother had gotten 'cold feet'. Anyway, skipping a bunch of lame script later, Jason Bateman decides to divorce Jennifer Garner and move away, which distresses Juno muchly. In the end however, Jennifer Garner takes the baby by herself and Juno hooks up with Paulie and everyone is happy. Ugh.
The character of Juno is an interesting one, as she doesn't act like most girls, as she is into rock music and slasher flicks and she is constantly using lame sayongs like 'wicked' and 'hells yeah!'. Ellen Page does a fairly good job of playing the confused teenager, of which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
The movie doesn't focus on many other characters, except perhaps for Jason Bateman's character, who at several times I swore was a pedophile. He doesn't put forth much effort acting in this movie, but with the stale script I don't blame him. In the times we see him though, he is always giving Juno the "I want to fuck you" look, and I don't know if this is in the script or if Bateman is just checking Page out.
The music was pretty good, containing elements of classic rock and such. It also contains a lot of music by the indy band 'Moldy Peaches', including the song that Juno and Paulie play at the end; Anyone Else but You.
I found the movie to be really boring and predictable at times, but since its a chick flick, there isn't really much to expect. Afterall, its more or less meant to be a movie that you take your girlfriend to see, not a bunch of guy friends. However another movie based around accidental pregnancy; Knocked Up, was much funnier and more entertaining to me. That movie showed things from both the guy and the girl's point of view. Along with hilarious jokes and such, it went into the issues that come from pregnancy and we got a sense of urgency from both parents. This doesn't happen in Juno, as she just remains ignorant and immature the whole way through, shrugging things off since the baby isn't going to be her problem when it is born.
Overall, the movie was clearly meant as nothing more than a chick flick, so bitching about a predictable plot and such is kinda pointless. Don't make my mistake, if you really deem it necessary to watch this movie, make sure you do so along with a girl. That way it will feel like less of a chore to sit though and make your $10 worthwhile.