Release Date: 25 December 2007
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer(s): Diablo Cody
Budget: $ 7 Million
Gross Revenue: $ 231,411,584

I’ve of course seen Juno previously, back when it was “all the rage,” but having the film fresh in my mind is necessary for a proper review. Let me start off by saying  that the humor in the film is brilliant. The writer did a wonderful job incorporating silly teenage lingo–that adults look back on and roll their eyes in remembrance–but at the same time the film can be enjoyed and understood by a wide range of age groups. The film also did a tremendous job of portraying Ellen Page as a 16-year-old girl, and although she had the ability to connect with and relate to adults, I don’t think they made her character overly mature or too wise.

The entire high school experience was more accurately portrayed than any other high school-related film I have seen. One important thing they did to achieve this was avoid too many scenes within the high school in the first place. They also avoided heavily stereotyped cliques, bullies, and substance abuse. I appreciated that these aspects were present in the film, because high school does have these dramatics, but the film made the appropriate choice by not displaying them in excess or heavily emphasizing them.

In my film class last year, we talked about the color schemes in Juno, and the mood associated with each. Juno’s house displayed warm color tones and lots of clutter within the house, whereas the adoptive parents’ house displayed cold color tones and tons of space. I think it’s important to acknowledge the differences in each house, and to also point out that this doesn’t mean it’s good family vs. bad family, or any similar conclusion one might draw. Rather, it’s one living arrangement or lifestyle vs. another. Both houses were loving environments, yet one was more traditional and aesthetically pleasing than the other. Within the adoptive parents’ home were rooms that belonged to the husband, or housed his things, and those rooms in particular had warm colors and a cluttered atmosphere, similar to Juno’s house. I believe this was meant to display the husband’s discomfort with his own lifestyle, and to show the connection between Juno and the adoptive father. The film could have also have been making a statement on personal image and how it can conceal imperfections, which is a conclusion I most definitely draw.

Finally, the film addressed a weighted question that I have asked myself my whole life: Can two people stay together for life and remain significantly happy for the duration? And the conclusion the film comes to is a very solid one and I agree wholeheartedly, which I find comforting.

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