A 30-something photographer is seduced by a 14-year-old girl via online chat room. He brings her to his house for some drinks (alcoholic ones no less) and finds himself drugged, tied to a chair and bombard with dull-sarcasm and soapbox lecturing from his would-be teen victim. She accuses him of being a child-molester (who would have thought?) and a possible murder while threatening to castrate him, or at least bore him senseless with pretentious dialogue and gaping plot-holes. In the end, it's the audience that suffers.
http://braidedthreads.blogspot.com/2008/09/dyou-know.html ...Juno, like a lot of other Independent films of the last 6 or 8 years, has that heavily marketed independent feel. That coming-of-agedness. That whiplash of the ironic and the adorable. These are smart films that unroll predictably before our eyes, winking knowingly at us while also trying to appeal to the pocketbooks of a wider audience. I am thinking of such recent films as Thumbsucker, The Squid and the Whale, and the little movie that could: Little Miss Sunshine. In fact, if you watch the trailers for these films back-to-back, their marketing campaigns will suddenly seem embarassingly derrivative.
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Reviewed by Squint for Juno at 2008-03-12 14:26:22
Well-deserving of its Academy Award nominations and best-screenplay win, Juno is more than another indie teen romp. Ellen Page is believable as a teenager who deals with an unplanned pregnancy with very real emotions and actions. There are great performances, especially from Allison Janney as Juno's exasperated but loving stepmother. The soundtrack is great, too.