Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Juno (DVD)

Just as the main character Juno got surprised finding out she was pregnant, this movie surprised many people when it became a big hit. It's not hard to see that this is about a teen getting pregnant, just by looking at Juno's huge belly on the cover. What follows after that is a complex story of a girl deciding to either have an abortion, or put the baby up for adoption. It's hard these days to discuss sensitive issues like this without people getting fired up. As serious as this theme is, the movie was hilarious. No, it didn't downplay the topic of teen pregnancy or abortion at all. In fact, considering that this is a comedy, I found it to be just as serious as it was funny. As good as the story was, it wouldn't have been effective if the cast didn't act as well as they did. Out of the cast that included big names such as Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, it was Ellen Page as Juno who stole the show. Most of the scenes had her spitting out witty one-liners at rapid fire, which provided some pretty hilarious dialogue. As Juno's pregnancy advanced, the movie took a turn and headed toward becoming a tear-jerker. What did you expect from a film dealing with a pregnant teenager? However, there were still plenty of laughs in between the touching scenes.

Juno comes out on April 15th, and I highly recommend checking it out.

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