Film Review: Juno

by Pat Johnson

Rather than giving the audience tough moral choices to ponder (which may seem likely given the teenage-mother-finds-adoptive-parents premise), Juno focuses on offbeat and endearing characters who struggle with each other rather than the baby. The script is filled with witty charm and includes many memorable moments and quotable gems. The influence of films like Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, and Superbad can all be felt, but Juno has a personality and style as engaging as Juno herself. She has the type of internal fortitude and self-confidence that is likely to scare and impress parents in equal numbers (watch out for Ellen Page, she has a bright future). It's good. It's unquestionably worth your time. And it's been two days since I saw it and I'm ready to see it again.