This previous summer, "Knocked Up" had one of the biggest box office return of investment. The comedy about an unexpected pregnancy was an uneven affair. The Harlequin Romance crowd hated the gross out comedy and the college frat and middle school boys talked during the emotional exposition scenes. "Juno" manages to brings these diverse populations together for a thought provoking movie that manages to entertain without being preachy.
Written by former webcam stripper Diablo Cody, "Juno" is a sixteen year old girl (Ellen Page) who is frequently bored. One night she experiments with her friend who happens to be a boy, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). A few missed periods and a visit to the gynecologist's office, Juno learns that she is pregnant with child.
Like most high school students who have been socialized by public sex education, Juno visits a local abortion clinic. Seeing one of her classmates protesting legalized abortion, Juno decides to have the baby and put the child up for adoption. Juno picks a couple out of the Pennysaver Ads and the High School Junior makes arrangements for the adoption.
"Juno" is a people orientated motion picture. J.K. Simmons and Alison Janney perfectly portray Juno's shell shocked parents. As the adoptive parents, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Gardner seem more naivete than the teenaged Juno. As the leading lady, Ellen Page delivers sarcastic one liners while revealing Juno's vulnerability. Each actor in "Juno" deliver a unique and individual performance, but "Juno" is a triumph of ensemble acting.