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    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2008
    I'll concede that Juno's dialogue was inauthentic, but it's depiction of teen pregnancy in the early 21st century was the most refreshing and, yes, authentic treatment of the subject I've ever seen. There is no preaching, no moralizing; she is not a good girl gone astray, nor a bad girl who got what she had coming; it avoids the usual "excuses" of teen pregnancy stories, that the condom broke, or it was her first time; it mocks pro-lifers, it mocks pro-choicers.

    And Cody gets bonus props from me for the way she wrote the adoptive parents as a foil to Juno herself: Jason Bateman originally came off as cool but was revealed to be pretty immature and selfish, whereas Jennifer Garner originally came off as uptight and WASPy, but we end up seeing her as an independent woman with a lot of love to give. At first Juno identifies with Bateman, because they're on the same maturity level, but she matures past him and ends up identifying with Garner, realizing that she herself has a lot of love to give (to Michael Cera).

    Oh, and Dracko:
    Anyone who enjoyed Juno is to hand in their badge and gun: You're out of the man club.

    Thanks for letting me know, but I think my vagina has kept me out in the first place.
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2008

    Yeh I pretty much agree with you on Juno, and I liked it, but I still didn't think it was as good as people made it out to be. It's not an Oscar movie, it's the kind of movie I would have been quite pleased to come across on DVD or on TV late at night. And I found the dialogue too be rather too 'clever' and sassy for its own good, and the character of Juno to be rather annoying. That and the use of 'kooky' Orange-ad music (mostly from The Moldy Peaches) made me think that although the treatment of the subject was interesting (although it was her first time wasn't it?), the screenwriter herself was maybe quite young and fresh out of film school. I was not surprised when I saw her accepting her Bafta that she was sporting a very art-student look.

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