welcome to lobos reviews

title image

Movie Review: Juno

Alternate Title: Jejunely Juno

Story: If a film makes a lot of money does not mean it should automatically be recognized at award show time? If that is the driving force in Hollywood than there should be an award show called the Greenbacks and not the Oscars. I only went to see this film yesterday because it has been nominated as one of the five Best Pictures this year. I am puzzled, perplexed and pissed. This film should not have been nominated for anything except perhaps if it were on TV as one of those after school specials for kids.

Yes, it is cute if you find the idea of young girls having babies a form of cute. Even if you do, cute does not qualify for anything and is fleeting as an art form. Director Jason Reitman and Hollywood darling, screenwriter Diablo Cody have created a formulaic, over the top predictable, full of itself piece of trifle.

Juno, a 16 year old HS Junior, finds herself pregnant. With very little soul searching and no parental guidance, she decides to have the baby and give it to some deserving couple. The rest of the film is made up of scenes that try too hard to be quirky, profound, meaningful and/or sweet.

So did I like anything about the film? Yes, I liked when it ended.

Acting: Ellen Page is cute in an annoying way. Best Actress nomination? Puh-leeze. Michael Cera has copyrighted his halting, cute boyfriend look. Olivia Thirlby, JK Simmons, Allison Janey, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Rain Willson are all cookie cutter silhouettes in a very predictable film.

Predilection: I find nothing remotely funny about young girls having babies.

Critters: Surprisingly none.

Sex Spectrum: The implied sex in a chair is what got her into this jam to begin with.

Blatant Product Placement: Orange Tic Tacs

Soundtrack: Annoying overworked nd tries too hard to be cute.

Opening Titles: Cute Graphics introducing us to the wacky world of Juno.

Visual Art: Attention to detail was fine.

Theater Audience: About six other stunned adult viewers.

Weather: The four seasons of Juno's world are covered.

Sappy Factor: 3

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I find teenage pregnancy very squirmy indeed.

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch after only 20 minutes.

Predictability Level: Over the top.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: A loud NO!

Big Screen or Rental: It does not matter.

Length: 90 minutes