Juno is definitely one of my top five favorite movies of the year. I loved absolutely everything about it!
Juno has one of the most original scripts I have seen in a really long time. It was fast, witty and sardonic and almost never stopped being funny. Except, when it was supposed to be serious, then it wasn't funny, because serious parts aren't supposed to be funny . . . duh.
The story follows a 16-year-old girl named Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) and her exploits through all nine months of her rather unorthodox teen pregnancy. Juno decides that she is ready to have sex, so she enlists her best friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) to aid her in her experiment.
The encounter leaves Juno pregnant.
As you can imagine, this movie does have some offensive parts, but they are okay because the offensive scenes aren't in the movie just for shock value. They are there to help emphasize the reality of the situation.
Originally, Juno plans to have an abortion, but her plans change when she sees a lone classmate standing outside of the abortion clinic protesting against abortions. The classmate convinces Juno to keep her baby by telling her that even as young as it is, it has fingernails. I guess embryos aren't too hard to kill, but once they have fingernails, we'll, that's just a little too real.
Still, Juno feels that she is too young to be a mother and, with the help of her family, decides to put the unborn baby up for adoption.
She finds the perfect parents to adopt her baby, Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), and then the rest of the movie is just following her and Paulie's journey through the pregnancy until the birth.
There are quite a few truly beautiful scenes in this movie, too beautiful for me to accurately describe, so I will just let you see them for yourself.
Juno was nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture categories and deserved to win every single award.
Four and a half stars.