I love quirky movies. Movies that make you laugh, wonder what in the heck the writer/director/producer/actor/dog was thinking, and keep your interest even after the credits roll. I was lucky enough to steal away with a good friend of mine a few weeks ago, right when "Juno" was released in theaters. It had received great reviews but no one I knew had seen it. I was very pleasanly surprised, and since then, I've been recommending it to all my friends.
Why did I like this movie? First off, I adored the character Juno MacGuff, played perfectly by Ellen Page. Despite her age (16, junior in high school) and her perdicament (pregnant), she radiates confidence. She never sugar-coats anything, whether she's speaking to a popular kid in her school, an adult she's just met, or her father when she's announcing her pregnancy. She's cute, sassy, smart, matter-of-fact, and has an offbeat sense of humor. She talks on a hamburger phone, plasters her bedroom walls with posters, pours her Slurpee in her step-mom's vase, and has an (odd, IMHO) infatuation with guys in nylon running shorts and cult horror flicks. I fell instantly in love with Juno from the opening scene, where she's downing a bottle of Sunny D en route to the neighborhood drug store to do yet another pregnancy test.
The two quotes (I'm doing this from memory, so please don't quote my quotes, haha!) I loved most are: "He's good in chair." (The baby was made in a chair, not in a bed.) and "I don't know what kind of girl I am." (After her dad said, "I thought you were the kind of girl who knew when to say when.")
There are so many funny bits, some very sad/touching parts, and there's even some romance sprinkled in. It deals with a very touchy subject, teenage pregnancy, in a very unique way. From the writing and photography to the casting and sound track, the movie is done very well. I will definitely buy it when it comes out in DVD. Apparently, I'm not alone in thinking it's a swell flick. It's up for 4 Oscars, as well as winning and being nominated for many other accomplished awards. I give "Juno" a "Heck, Yeah!" (That's as good as it gets, folks.)