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8 out of 10
The new comedy Juno may not be as big or high profile as a lot of the holiday releases, but we guarantee this is the one you will be telling your friends about. A pure charmer and a heartfelt original, you will find this a totally unexpected, enormously satisfying, and oddly rewarding trip to the movies. Juno (Ellen Page) is a teen girl who marches to the beat of her own drummer. When she gets accidentally knocked up by her awkward, but likeable boyfriend (Michael Cera), she not only decides to have the baby, she actually finds a childless upwardly mobile young couple (Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman) to adopt it after the child is born. The engaging comedy deals with the effects of this decision on her own family (Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons are her parents), her friends, and, most importantly, on herself as she learns some hard lessons about life, love, and responsibility. This film, directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking), is a terrific and richly original comedy, like no other this year. First-time screenwriter Diablo Cody has a great ear for quirky dialogue and creating misfit teen characters many in the audience will relate to. Some of it is a little too contrived, particularly an abrupt shift in tone in scenes between Bateman and Page, but most of it works surprisingly well. Cody, who was a stripper before becoming a scripter, has clearly brought her life lessons to the table here. The entire cast, particularly Page and Garner (who breaks successfully out of her Alias role), is wonderful. So is the flick. See it.