My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou



(out of 5)

Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno () 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.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mandate Pictures, Mr. Mudd

USA/Canada, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2007

American Film Institute 2007.  

Golden Globe Awards 2007

Independent Spirit Awards 2007

Toronto International Film Festival 2007

Washington Film Critics Awards 2007.

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