Monday, January 7, 2008

Juno

Have you ever had the moment with a TV show or movie where you're sad that those are characters and you can't be part of it in real life? I totally wanted to be the president's assistant on The West Wing (yeah, I'd be taking Charlie's job), and I want to live in "Stars Hollow" and have coffee at Luke's. Now I want to be Juno's friend. It was a terrific movie about a 16-year-old getting pregnant, taking a little time to think about her options and being more mature than any other 16yrold I have ever met, while still maintaining her optimism. She's wonderful, witty, smart, and definitely not ready to be a mother. The supporting cast is terrific all around. Each of the characters has enough that I could describe each of them really well, which is unusual for supporting cast. J.K. Simmons and Alison Janney are her dad and step-mom and really like Juno but know she's going to do what she wants. They're actually smart enough to pick up on her digs and throw them right back (Juno walks in the room and her dad asks "how is my incredibly inflated version of Juno?" mocking her pregnancy, but showing his love). The other fun couple is the adoptive parents, Jason Bateman as a man-child being raised by his wife, Jennifer Garner. She's trying to nest and get ready for the baby, and her husband is still trying to reinvent his rock band career. The movie is terrific, with all kinds of unexpected twists and is without all the cliches you'd expect. Also, the music is terrific. This is my favorite song.

3 comments:

Alexa Z said...

Oh, I knew you'd like it! I'm so glad you got to see it!

Alexa Z said...

There's a link to the mp3 of Michael Cerra and Ellen Page singing that song here (if you scroll down a little):

http://galaxyfm.blogspot.com/2008/01/pisa-y-corre.html

The Curmudgeon said...

I love love love that movie!!! Like, it's now in my top 5 movies of all time. My favorite was the answer to the line you quote: "Oh, just out dealing with issues way beyond my maturity level."