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Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman,
||Keep the youngins
away, and teen boys probably won't like it.
||The both of you
might get a lesson of how to react if your teenage daughter
finds herself pregnant.
shot, especially since both Juno and Bleeker are supposed to
(Juno's step-mom) tongue.
||Juno telling her
parents she is pregnant.
||So many to list,
but "All I see is pork swords" stood out.
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got the
standard language variations.
|Buy a New TV!
||Actually, it's not
really that necessary.
|Buy a New
soundtrack is eclectic, it doesn't warrant a a new stereo,
||I was disappointed
that the commentary for the deleted scenes was done over the
scene, thus necessitating watching the stuff that got cut
I so much enjoyed seeing "Juno" when it was in the theaters,
in fact, thinking about it, it's a really close race between
"Juno" and "Once" for my
favorite movie of 2007, but like "Once," when it was finally
time for "Juno" to appear on DVD, I was curious to see if
the movie would hold up on a second viewing.
A Movie/DVD Review
Here’s a brief story breakdown…
Juno (Ellen Page) is a smart-alecky 16 year old who finds
herself pregnant thanks to the super-sperm of her friend
Bleeker (Michael Cera). Now faced with the decision of what
to do with the pregnancy she knows one thing – she’s not
ready to be a mom. As such there are only two solutions for
her, abortion or adoption. I know I’m not giving anything
away here when I say she decides against the abortion
solution. Her best friend, Leah (Olivia Thirlby), suggests
checking out the Penny Saver magazine for people looking to
adopt children (who knew?), and sure enough Juno believes
she has found the perfect couple, Vanessa and Mark (Jennifer
Garner and Jason Bateman). Vanessa is a perfectionist/clean
freak, whose ultimate life goal is to be a mom but hasn’t
been able to get pregnant while Mark, on the other hand, is
relegated to a marriage where Vanessa doesn’t appreciate his
music and movie tastes. Anyway, with the wonderfully
awkward telling of her dad (J.K. Simmons) and step-mom
(Allison Janney) of her little miracle out of the way, and without giving
up too much more , we get a look at Juno’s progressing
pregnancy, the life of Vanessa and Mark as they await their
new baby, and Juno learning lessons about life and love.
You’re probably saying to yourself, "Self, at the
beginning of this review you said the movie was funny as
hell. That little synopsis doesn’t scream funny at all. What
gives?" Well, the funny in this movie doesn’t come about in
a slapstick, "Knocked Up" kind of way, in fact "Juno" is a
bit on the artsy side, but it’s the writing of the film,
portraying Juno’s pregnancy in a human light, not tragic and
not preachy, that is great, and every person in their role
is pretty much perfect. Ellen Page gives a great portrayal
of a 16 year old girl facing the difficulties of pregnancy,
the ostracizing at high school, and the wonderment of love,
and deserves every acting accolade being put upon her, while
the oddness of her relationship with Bleeker couldn’t have
been done without someone as great at being geeky as Michael
Cera. And while Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman are great
as the adopting couple, the final keys to this movie are J.K.
Simmons as the dad who loves his daughter with all his
heart, will do anything to support her, but has a wickedly
sarcastic tongue, and Allison Janney as the step-mom, trying to keep her teenage daughter reined in,
yet willing to come to bat for her and talk down anyone who
thinks Juno is irresponsible.
There are so many things in "Juno" I could list as
perfect but most of those would give away moments that will
either make you laugh or bring a slight tear to your eye,
and sure, there are probably a few of you out there who
won’t like this movie, but hey, if you're a Netflix kind of
person, put it on your queue because hey, it doesn't cost
you anything extra. For
me the movie still holds up as a super-solid 5 stars out of 5 for "Juno."
In terms of the DVD extras, I have to say I was a little
bummed at one thing, and we'll get to that at the end.
The Gag Reel was sort of funny, but mostly punctuated by
cast members just saying "Sorry," I do like seeing the
screen tests, and for being an indie kind of film I wasn't
expecting tons of things to keep me occupied. The
thing that I do like to see, though, are deleted scenes,
usually reaffirming why they were deleted in the first
place, but most of the time the director "previews" the
scene, explaining why it was deleted. That wasn't the case
for this DVD, though, because they decided to do
"commentary" over the scene, instead of the "preview," thus
necessitating your having to actually watch the deleted
scene twice if you want to fully understand. I know
that might sound confusing, but I'm not that much of a film
nut to have to watch the same thing twice.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!!