A good friend of mine recommended Juno to me, so I gave it a whirl today. Mixed feelings really. The cast is good, the girl from Hard Candy and the geeky one from Superbad. But I think I was expecting more, and occasionally I felt like it was just bordering on romantic comedy territory.
I was told the soundtrack was great (John!) but I found it very tweetronising (coined by Charlie Brooker- a cross between twee and patronising). It was bordering on annoying at times. But then I've always hated Belle and Sebastian and that sort of stuff. I need a bit more grit, otherwise it just sounds like a theme tune for a cartoon. Not good.
Soundtrack aside, the film is about a 16 year old who gets pregnant and decides to give the baby up for adoption. I thought the film was a bit slow to start and that the dialogue was trying a bit too hard at first. I felt like it kind of wasn't a quirky enough story to get away with how quirky the script was at times. But I got into it, and I quite enjoyed it. I thought it was quite moving in parts, and I liked Juno's stepmum telling off the ultrasound technician and when Juno called the potential adoptive father of her baby a 'sell-out'.
If all pregnant 16 year olds wrestling with adoption issues had as idyllic a time and as understanding parents as Juno, I think the world would be a better place. Unfortunately, this is just a film. Your parents would throw you out in a second, so use a condom, dammit.