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Actors: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney Director: Jason Reitman Rating: Features: Color, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 96 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Release Date: April 15, 2008 Theatrical Release Date: December 14, 2207 Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Juno MacGuff Ellen Page is a cool, confident teenager who takes a nine-month detour into adulthood when she's faced with an unplanned pregnancy-and sets out to find the perfect parents for her baby. With the help of her charmingly unassuming boyfriend Michael Cera, supportive dad J.K Simmons and no-nonsense stepmom Allison Janney, Juno sets her sights on an affluent couple Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman longing to adopt their first child.
Somewhere between the sharp satire of Election and the rich human comedy of You Can Count On Me lies Juno, a sardonic but ultimately compassionate story of a pregnant teenage girl who wants to give her baby up for adoption. Social misfit Juno Ellen Page, Hard Candy, X-Men: The Last Stand protects herself with a caustic wit, but when she gets pregnant by her friend Paulie Michael Cera, Superbad, Juno finds herself unwilling to terminate the pregnancy. When she chooses a couple who place a classified ad looking to adopt, Juno gets drawn further into their lives than she anticipated. But Juno is much more than its plot; the stylized dialogue by screenwriter Diablo Cody seems forced at first, but soon creates a richly textured world, greatly aided by superb performances by Page, Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman as the prospective parents, and J.K. Simmons Spider-Man and Allison Janney as Juno's father and stepmother. Director Jason Reitman Thank You For Smoking deftly keeps the movie from slipping into easy, shallow sarcasm or foundering in sentimentality. The result is smarter and funnier than you might expect from the subject matter, and warmer and more touching than you might expect from the cocky attitude. Page's performance is deceptively simple; she never asks the audience to love her, yet she effortlessly carries a movie in which she's in almost every scene. That's star power. --Bret Fetzer