Movie review: “Juno”

Juno (2007) (trailer here), directed by Jason Reitman, is a comedy-drama about a schoolgirl who finds out she is pregnant and has to decide whether to keep the baby, have an abortion or give it up for adoption.

Juno (played by Ellen Page) is a very wacky 16-year-old teenager at a high school in Minnesota, who had sex with her childhood friend and long-time admirer Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). When she finds out she is pregnant, Paulie is surprised but very sweet, kind and supportive about the whole thing. At first, Juno decides to have an abortion, but then she changes her mind and decides to look for a set of adoptive parents.

She identifies a couple living nearby, who are desperately keen to adopt a baby, and then faces the daunting task of telling her father and her stepmother about the pregnancy. Instead of having a huge argument and a recrimination session – as one expects from such a bombshell, Dad (J K Simmons) and Step-Mom Bren (Allison Jenney) are supportive and practical. Dad even takes her to meet the couple who want to adopt Juno’s baby. Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa Loring (Jennifer Garner) are clearly well-off and very decent people.

It was a very funny movie, with Juno stealing the show with her quirky comments and off-beat outlook on life. Some of the dialogue is priceless:  

At Juno and her Dad’s first meeting with Mark and Vanessa and their adoption lawyer:

Vanessa Loring: So… How are we going to do this?
Juno MacGuff: What do you mean? Don’t I just have the thing? Squeeze it on out and hand it over?
Gerta Rauss (the adoption lawyer): Mark and Vanessa are willing to negotiate an open adoption…
Mac MacGuff (Dad): What do you mean?
Juno MacGuff: Wait… No! I mean, can’t we just, like, kick this old school? Like, I have the baby, put it in a basket and send it your way, like, Moses and the reeds?
Mark Loring: Technically, that would be kicking it Old Testament.
Gerta Rauss: …So, we all agree that a closed adoption is the best decision for all involved?
Juno MacGuff: SSHHIT! YES! Close it up!  

At the hospital, when Juno is into labour and her stepmom is keeping an eye on her: 

Juno MacGuff: Ow, ow, fuckity-ow! Bren, when do I get that spinal tap thing?
Bren: It’s called a spinal block. And you can’t have it yet, honey. The doctor said you’re not dilated enough.
Juno MacGuff: You mean I have to wait for it to get worse? Why can’t they just give it to me now?
Bren: Well, honey, doctors are sadists who like to play God and watch lesser people scream…
[Juno lets out painful scream, Brenda checks her watch]
Bren: Shit.
[to doctor]
Bren: Hey, can we get my kid the damn spinal tap already?

You can see more quotes here.

But even better – GO AND SEE THE MOVIE!


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