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Juno
« on: July 11, 2010, 11:49:55 PM »


Title: Juno: Special Edition
Year: 2007
Director: Jason Reitman
Rating: PG-13
Length: 92 Min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Stars:
Ellen Page
Michael Cera
Jennifer Garner
Jason Bateman
Allison Janney

Plot:
Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) is a cool, confident teenager who takes a nine-month detour into adulthood when she's faced with an unplanned pregnancy. With the help of her timid boyfriend (Michael Cera) and supportive family, Juno embarks on a hilarious and heartwarming quest to find the perfect parents for her baby.

Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes
Outtakes/Bloopers
Digital Copy
Screen Tests

My Thoughts:
This movie took me on an ever changing range of emotions.   At first, I felt that the casualness with which the pregnancy begins and the flippant way that Juno handled it was just another example of the continuing Hollywood mission to desensitize today‚Äôs youth to the stigma of teenage pregnancy.  The detachment of  the father, the matter-of-fact decision, first to have an abortion, and then later to give up the child for adoption, just left me cold and wondering if any of these folks actually experience real emotions?  Allison Janney, as the step-mom, and Jennifer Garner, as the potential adoptive mom, seemed to be the only characters who actually behaved in a way that seemed consistent with the circumstances.

While the ending was bitter-sweet in many respects, it did at least stir up some emotional response, which for me was missing during the rest of the film.

An OK film that could have been a lot better.

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Re: Juno
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010, 12:13:22 AM »
I liked this one for the most part when I saw it...but I haven't wanted to see it again..or get the DVD.

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Re: Juno
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010, 12:30:01 AM »
My wife watched this one night when we had an HBO free weekend. She told me that she didn't care for it. So I've been leery about seeing it.  :-\

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Re: Juno
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2010, 12:32:35 AM »
I thought this one was just okay - not very memorable. A friend of mine gave this to me and I haven't wanted to watch it again.

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Re: Juno
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2010, 03:26:16 AM »
I think I quite liked it, actually.

Teen pregnancy happens. The writer simply deciced to depict a family that comes totermswith the facts quick and rather than going for abortion they go "pro life". Agreeably, maybe everything goes a tad too easy for Juno, somethign you might not necessarily want to portray in a PG-13 film about teen pregnancy.

So, should the rating have been higher? Or should Juno have suffered more as to make teenager more aware of the potential problems...?

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2010, 03:48:39 AM »
I think I quite liked it, actually.

Teen pregnancy happens. The writer simply deciced to depict a family that comes totermswith the facts quick and rather than going for abortion they go "pro life". Agreeably, maybe everything goes a tad too easy for Juno, somethign you might not necessarily want to portray in a PG-13 film about teen pregnancy.

So, should the rating have been higher? Or should Juno have suffered more as to make teenager more aware of the potential problems...?

I just felt that an issue as important as teen pregnancy was handled a bit too flippantly.  Perhaps it's just me.

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Re: Juno
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2010, 04:43:17 AM »
Or should Juno have suffered more as to make teenager more aware of the potential problems...?

God, no. I doubt melodramatic after school specials have the effect their creators might intend.

I really enjoyed Juno. It is poignant and snarky, a balance most comedies fail to achieve. Some may find the dialogue a bit overstylized and misread that as a lack of emotions, but I don't think that is the case.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2010, 08:10:22 AM »
[...]

I just felt that an issue as important as teen pregnancy was handled a bit too flippantly.  Perhaps it's just me.

No - I have to agree. Maybe this is due to the fact that I don't want to see my daughter in the same situation.

But anyway, I like this movie somehow.

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2010, 10:15:49 AM »
I liked Juno, I think certain parts are fairly realistic to be honest, I know teenagers that reacted that way to being pregnant.... I went to school with girls who now have 2 or 3 kids... atleast 10 girls left my school at 16 to have babys. There are two things I like about this film firstly that Juno is not a "chavy" poor scummy kid who lives in the "ghetto" thats what most teenage pregnancies are in films and the second thing I liked was that they didn't play her step mum off as an evil step mum.

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2010, 01:38:11 PM »
Achim and Matthias have both said reasons that I like it for to. Absolutely agree with them.

Additionally, the slightly unreal dialogue helps support what Emma says; while being over-stylised in itself, it perversely becomes more honest and realistic overall so the characters don't become caracatures or predictable. Excellent writing.

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Re: Juno
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2010, 02:07:30 PM »
I might have to watch this again. I really don't remember caring for it the first time - I must have missed something.

Or, the positive reviews are wrong!  :tease:

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Re: Juno
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2010, 04:55:39 PM »
i just rewatched it and still enjoyed it the second time around. none of the characters come across as overly unrealistic - at least i have the feeling that i could take any of the characters position and see it from their point of view.

and again i really enjoyed jk simmons' character, he takes the cards that are handled to him and deals with them without freaking out.
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