A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker?Written by
Plays like an ad for the anti-abortion movement. As for the much-touted dialogue, is it really any different than an average episode of Gilmore Girls? Not that there's anything wrong with Gilmore Girls, but would you give the writers of GG an Oscar? At least that TV show's improbable banter is in keeping with its light family drama. Even the logic of Cody's dialogue is flawed. It the confession scene with the parents, the girl thinks her father is asking who the baby is, rather than who the father is. If she were a ditz, the confusion would have some logic. Or even if the pacing or emotional pressure of the scene were at a real farce level, one might buy it. But the girl is bright, and the direction is naturalistic, and it just gives me that icky, phony feeling. Commenting on the writer's marketing savvy, a Hollywood executive said "Look at the name she chose for herself." Indeed! The whole thing is emotionally untrue.
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