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2008-04-04 03:00:53 by ismellarat

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.



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2008-04-04 05:48:39

Doesn't sound like my kind of movie, but I'll be watching it regardless. Tis lying around on my HD already, among a few others that I will be screening through this afternoon.

ismellarat responds:

Don't do it man! Unless you have a female shoulder to lean on, don't watch it! For your own good, heed my warning.


2008-04-05 12:23:51

i saw this movie with my friends, and we were being assholes in the theatre by talking loud and tellin the people in the theatre what they can go do with themselves \m/

ismellarat responds:

I'm sure even your assholish shenanigans weren't enough to make your money seem well spent.


2008-04-05 23:48:29


ismellarat responds:

Whats it to ya?


2008-04-07 18:02:42

this movie wasent meant to be a chick flick dude. it was meant to be taken seriously as a film, and if you actually watch the movie you will notice some very genius literary devices at work. its not a movie just for entertainment and plot, it has meaning.

ismellarat responds:

However, the meaning is overshadowed by bad plot and cheesy jokes. Like I said, Juno doesn't seem to learn any lesson from things, even after she has the child. The performances were stale from most of the cast, which made it hard to take seriously. Go and watch Knocked up. Not only is it more entertaining, but the message is much stronger.


2008-04-24 04:23:44

Good review - Perhaps I'll take your advice and watch it alongside my girlfriend.

...and get her pregnant on the couch halfway through.

ismellarat responds:

Yay for unrelated, low budget, direct to DVD sequels!!


2008-05-12 11:15:40

Sup sexy?


2008-05-18 07:19:55

I completely disagree with this review. Although it is very well done and thought out... I still can't see how you think it's a chick flick.

The other thing I'd say is that it definitely deserved more than 2/5 in my books.

The film is very important to me. It basically raises awareness to teenage pregnancy, in a comical way, it shows the struggles and hurt that come with teenage pregnancy. I have had first off experience with this subject and the film was very moving for me.

I see what you are saying when you say that the film doesn't focus on any other characters for very long. And this is a big problem with the film I will admit, you got that spot on. But 2/5 is just too harsh.

I'd give it 3/5 if not 4/5

Good read none the less, thanks for that.

ismellarat responds:

I understand how this film may hold a certain significance to you. I am just dissapointed that the film didn't make the message clearer. A lot of the time it seems to be poking fun at teen pregnancy, or even glorifying it, moreso than raising awareness.

This review wasn't about the ideas behind the film, it was about the film itself. Based on plot, humour etc. it fell below par. I may have given it a harsh score because I was mad that I blew my chances with the girl. I think I'll go hire it tomorrow and watch it again with a clear head, and give it a more fair review.

Thank you for your comments about my writing, I appreciate it. I think I should do another review on Dark Knight, unfortunately I'm a bit of a procrastinator on that behalf.


2008-11-23 10:46:37

This could have been a funny and still serious chick flick movie, however is was just boring... we saw Jason Bateman and Ellen Page's characters getting along and talking a lot, but what about the scenes between Juno and Paulie? We hardly got any of those. It was just a boring movie and it could've been more than what it was. How in the hell it got an Oscar for screenplay is beyond me.


2009-02-10 08:41:20

I disapproved greatly of this movie. Absolutely none of the characters were believable.


2009-04-21 04:07:04

The movie was boring. I hated it. Edn.


2009-06-16 16:39:06

I thought Juno was pretty good!