Lately, I’ve been on a cult classic kick with my movie reviews. The trip down nostalgia lane has been an enjoyable one, especially since most movies made nowadays are either crappy remakes or just crap. The other night while channel surfing, my fiance and I came across a Juno commercial and we were inspired to watch it. Why is this relevant? I believe this movie, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, has all the makings of a cult classic.
Meet Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), an average, snarky, clever teenager who has gotten herself into a bit of trouble; knocked up at 16. They say it only takes one time, and this one time happened in the basement on a chair with Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). The beginning of the movie we follow Juno as she drinks a ton of Sunny D to take pregnancy tests. The friendly store clerk Rollo (a cameo by Rainn Wilson) starts what seems to be endless amount of disgustingly cute and catchy slang; “That ain’t no Etch-A-Sketch. This is one doodle that can’t be un-did, Homeskillet. “ when Juno discovers she is pregnant for sure.
From here, she begins to tell the people close to her about her pregnancy beginning with her best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby ) who offers to call a clinic for her but Juno has other plans for her. They steal a furniture set from a front lawn and set it up in Bleeker’s front lawn to surprise him in the morning. When Paulie is coming out for his morning run, Juno ambushes him and breaks the news to him. He supports her choice of getting an abortion. In the end, *spoiler*she didn’t end up going through the procedure, so the next step; telling the parents.
It must be said here that Juno dad and step mother, Bren, are 2 of my favorite actors (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) and the scene where Juno is telling them she’s pregnant has to be my favorite of the whole movie. A plethora of fantastic one liners throughout the scene with my favorite being “And I’m gonna punch that bleeker kid in the wiener next time i see him”. Can you imagine any dad actually saying that when they find out their daughter is pregnant?
So what is Juno going to do about the child? She’s already found a couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) to adopt her child and in the penny saver no less! They arrange an adoption and the rest is easy from here, right? Well, not exactly.
Relationships get difficult(and some even end), pregnancy is a pain (especially the further along she gets) and Juno is faced with the fact that she might just have to grow up a little. My only real compliant about this movie is Michael Cera. He’s perfect for the role, but something about him drives me crazy and I honestly can’t figure out what. I have high hopes that years later, when this movie is older than 6, people will look back fondly upon this Oscar winning movie like I do now on my favorite cult classics.