Juno, a gently comedic and mature-feeling story of teen pregnancy, is really quite a charming film. Other films had so thoroughly ingrained the notion that a teen pregnancy was necessarily utterly disastrous that I spent most of the film waiting for the axe to drop. The fact that it didn’t was a nice deviation from the kind of hysteria that often accompanies the treatment of social issues.
The film is grounded in strong performances by Allison Janney (who I remember from the West Wing) and, of course, Ellen Page, who was previously unknown to me. She manages the Gilmore Girls ‘too charming to be a real teenager’ persona with unusual skill. Indeed, it is the combination of the strong script and Page’s impressive but plausible self-possession that principally make this a film worth seeing.