Jason Reitman (Director)
Ellen Page (Juno MacGuff)
Michael Cera (Paulie Bleeker)
Jennifer Garner (Vanessa Loring)
Jason Bateman (Mark Loring)
Allison Janney (Bren MacGuff)
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Before I get started…. Ellen Page who plays the title
character in Juno is in a much lesser known movie called
“Hard Candy”. Her performance in the very freaky Hard
Candy is memorable. Anyway, Juno itself.. I enjoyed most
of it while I was watching, but afterwards the more I
thought about it, the more I thought it was a weak film.
The Juno character is a smart, wise cracking young girl
who has more insults and jokes than a Tonight Show
monolog. That’s good and bad.. good because it is funny,
but bad because she is like that even after she learns
that she is pregnant and it seems so “written”. What I
mean is the character doesn’t act naturally.. she acts
like nothing happened at all and that she is totally
detached from the situation and is more of an observer;
just like a writer might be creating a story.
Though Juno does evolve during the film, the
other characters that we introduced are, for the most
part, very static and shallow. Their various actions and
words are interesting, but we have no real idea where it
all comes from, at least no deep idea, just superficial
stereotypes. The father of Juno’s child is good example
of my whole problem with the film… though he had plenty
of screen time, he might as well have been sitting in
the audience watching the film with us as he has almost
zero impact on anything. I’m not saying he is not do a
good job acting, I am just saying he wasn’t give
anything useful to do in the film.
I give the film 3 out of 4 pops. It was
enjoyable, but totally unrealistic and very shallow.
3 out of 4 pops )
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