Juno (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/Canada, 2007.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mandate Pictures, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by . Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno (Ellen Page) has curiousity-driven sex with her boyfriend () and finds herself knocked up.  Without the slightest hesitation she seeks out a well-off childless couple (, ) to be the adoptive parents, in the meantime befriending them and finding that the husband is more sympathetic to her preternatural intelligence than anyone else in her life. Beyond that she has to deal with supportive but rankled parents, an increasingly confused and distant boyfriend, and some pretty intense stares from her classmates as her belly grows and her due date approaches. This overrated but sweet critic-charmer falters a few times thanks to Jason Reitman’s graceless direction and some ripely self-aware moments by Page, but Diablo Cody’s smart script is loveable even when it becomes too obvious that it’s a fantasy of how self-possessed we all wish we were in our teen years and not actually an accurate investigation of what it portrays.  The overall effect is wonderful, and both Page and her character are far too amiable to let the flaws stick, plus the conclusion is lovely.

Academy Award:  Best Original Screenplay
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actress (Ellen Page); Best Director (Jason Reitman)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Ellen Page); Best Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Ellen Page)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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