finally saw the movie juno the other day. i was mildly interested in seeing it, but, frankly, didn’t know all that much about it, other than that people seem to like it and it’s about a teen pregnancy. but my daughter really wanted to see it, and i’d told her i had to see it first to decide if she was allowed to see it (i’ve told her she can, by the way — more on that later).
i was blown away: best movie i’ve seen in a while. the dialogue is 6 stars out of 5. the characters are amazing. the acting — wow — from ellen page in the title role, michael cera as the boyfriend, allison janney and j.k. simmons as the step-mom and dad, jason bateman and jennifer garner as the prospective adoptive parents. shoot, there’s even a bit-part in the first 5 minutes by rainn wilson (dwight schrute) as a drug store clerk. every single one of them are fantastic in their roles.
you’ve probably heard that this is the anti-abortion movie all the anti-abortion agencies could never make. and there’s some validity to that. but the movie is not — ultimately — about abortion (it’s just a subject that has to be dealt with in any movie about a teen pregnancy). instead, the movie honestly deals with the realities of pregnancy in the teen world — full of angst and pain and tough decisions and second-guessing and messiness and condemnation and hope. and it’s drop-dead funny.
every youth worker simply must see this movie (all your kids are seeing it). it’s great discussion fodder (jeannie, my wife, is going to take liesl, my daughter, to see it this weekend; and i am really looking forward to talking about it with her). yeah, it has a bit of language and — of course — an implied sex scene. but nothing too gratuitous or out of line with what real kids and families are like.
i’m confident this will be on my list of best movies of 2008 at the end of the year (even though it officially released in 2007).
OH (i almost forgot!), the movie has a perfectly quirky soundtrack, featuring the music of kimya davis, whom i’d never heard of, but quickly downloaded.