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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.

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. August 9, 2008 at 10:46 am


* At one point before Juno visits Mark, he is sitting at his computer reading Diablo Cody‘s (the movie’s screenwriter) real-life blog, known as “The Pussy Ranch.”

* The pregnantly rounded minivan driven by Juno is a Toyota Previa. These were last manufactured in 1997, but are still quite common in Vancouver where the film was shot.

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