Juno came out in December right in the middle of the Writer’s Strike. With all the talk shows on reruns, the only place to really hear about this was on the internet. And since most of you were watching the latest “Will It Blend?” you may have no idea what this is about.
Juno is a quirky indie flick about a girl who gets pregnant at sixteen. Think of a John Hughes movie set in today’s world. While teenagers of my generation could relate to Pretty In Pink and Sixteen Candles, today’s teens probably can better relate to getting knocked up and thinking of reasons not to abort it.
In film, you can tackle heavy subjects like that through serious drama or humor. Juno contains plenty of both, yet still manages to bring real emotion out of every scene. That’s hard to do when you’re trying to be funny.
Juno also does a great job of just telling a story and making you care about everyone in it. Obviously, it could have been easy for the director to make judgments about the characters’ actions and try and make a statement or two, but he avoids all that and just tells a story. It’s just part of what makes this one so great.
I don’t want to say much more for fear that I may spoil it. This is one of those movies that’s best to go into knowing nothing about it. But I will tell you that you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll come away with a deep love for everyone close in your life.
This one’s still in theaters, so catch it if you have the time and money. Or wait for it on DVD. Either way, this one is a must see.