Juno is a film about a teen girl (named Juno) with normal teen girl problems. Her family is fractured and a bit dysfunctional, her boyfriend is dorky and sexually inexperienced, and she and her best girlfriend speak like idiot teens trying to impress adults with their pseudo-jaded outlook on society. Juno’s life starts to get interesting, however, when her boyfriend, Bleeker (played by Michael Cera), unknowingly knocks her up the first time they’re together.
Juno (Ellen Page) deals with the pregnancy the best way she knows how to; by deciding to carry the baby to term and then give it to a couple who wish to adopt the baby as their own. This ends up being more complicated than Juno or anyone else thought it would be, though, and the movie takes a few unexpected turns.
Honestly, I was fairly impressed with the cast for this film, which includes Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, and J.K. Simmons. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera both starred in the tv show “Arrested Development” as father and son, and worked incredibly well off of one another. Allison Janney was fantastic on “The West Wing” (so if you really liked those actors/actress in this movie, check out those shows). However, while the cast for this film was impressive, some of the acting wasn’t.
While Ellen Page plays her character well, the character herself is fairly unlikable. A self-centered, bitchy, and incredibly cocky teen, Juno isn’t a character I was rooting for throughout the movie. Her snarky jabs and sarcastic “clever” comments seemed to be a pretty obvious mockery of “teen-speak,” but not in any sort of realistic, believable way.
Michael Cera’s character is essentially Michael Cera. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him really do much different with his acting. He always seems to play the soft-spoken, shy, geeky guy. There’s not much to say about his character aside from that, anyway, because despite being the baby daddy, he’s not in the film a whole hell of a lot other than to mutter things sadly and look upset once in a while.
Jennifer Garner’s acting didn’t seem too great to me, either. Though I’m not really a fan of any of her works, I’d have to say that she truly didn’t shine in this film.
I liked the movie well enough, I suppose, but mostly in a sort of “there’s nothing better to watch right now” way. The writing seems incredibly unrealistic, and while some of the actors/actresses do the best they can with the deliveries of the dialogue, a lot of it still falls flat. This is kind of a “feel-good” film with a bit of humor mixed in. Don’t be fooled, it’s not really funny, but the awkward situations and unrealistic dialogue might get you laughing uncomfortably or just groaning at the puns.
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