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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Juno by Jason Reitman, 2007 (PG-13)

with Ellen Page (Inception, To Rome With Love), Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, Valentine's Day, Deconstructing Harry), Jason Bateman (Up in The Air), Allison Janney (Masters of Sex, The Help, The Hours, Margaret, Liberal Arts), J.K. Simmons (The words, Contraband, Thank you For Smoking, Up in The Air, Young Adult), Olivia Thirlby (The Darkest Hour, Margaret), Rainn Wilson, Darla Fay
By the director of Thank you For Smoking, Up in The Air, Young Adult

Facing an unplanned pregnancy, teenage Juno (Ellen Page) devises a plan to locate the proverbial perfect parents to adopt her baby. But the seemingly ideal couple Juno chooses still has some growing up to do. Now, everyone in Juno’s world must do a little soul-searching. Michael Cera co-stars while Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner play the pair of affluent yuppies anxious for a child in this offbeat coming-of-age comedy, which won the 2008 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Definitely not at all a conventional story. Took me a while to get to watch it. While I think I saw pretty much all the movies of Jason Reitman (Ah, no, the new one came out yesterday, haven't seen it yet... "Labor Day"). I have loved most of them and really hated Young Adult. So Juno is an interesting journey of a 16 years old girl, smart, witty, secure, which perhaps doesn't define all women of her age, but she is realistic. Her relationship to her surrounding seems of an ordinary girl, and we follow her unusual journey with a sense of ordinary, very casual and taken day by day, which therefor makes it for a unique feeling of belonging, and normality. You come out of the movie refreshed, wiser, and somehow without judgement, where all other movies tend to have a moralistic view of anything pretty much. Thank you Jason Reitman.

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