Director: Jason Reitman Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby, Eileen Pedde, Rainn Wilson, Daniel Clark, Valerie Tian
Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Page); Best Director (Jason Reitman)
I First Saw In: c. 2009
Synopsis: Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
Did You Know? With a box office gross of $143,492,840, Juno was the highest grossing Best Picture nominee of 2007, surpassing the 2nd-highest grossing nominee and Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men by $69,219,335.
Quotables: BREN: Oh, you think you’re so special because you get to play Picture Pages up there? Well, my five year old daughter could do that and let me tell you, she’s not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed. So why don’t you go back to night school in Mantino and learn a real trade.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I loved this film the first time I saw it, but I have an aversion to hipsters, so now I find it pretentious and pontifical. Seriously, teenagers don’t speak the way Juno speaks. However, if any teenager ever did, it would certainly have been Ellen Page, who’s not only a brilliant actor but also just plain brilliant.
I used to not care for Jennifer Garner’s acting, but recently I’ve realised that she is a very talented actor. Here, she really captures Vanessa’s passionate yearning for a child, but also her reservations about getting too attached, because she’s still shell-shocked from their previous surrogate getting cold feet on them.
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