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Juno (12A)
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Kids will go to any lengths to make a decent hill for their toy cars
Kids will go to any lengths to make a decent hill for their toy cars

Juno is a film I have heard much about over the last few months, usually in phrases like "Juno is excellent", however, I'd managed to somehow avoid actually knowing anything about this film.

So it was an extremely pleasant surprise to find out that it is not only classed as a comedy, but has an extremely strong cast, featuring giants of American television like Jennifer Garner (Alias), Alison Janney (The West Wing), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Superbad), Rainn Wilson (The US Office) and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man trilogy).

However, the real star of the movie is Ellen Page, who plays the eponymous Juno. Essentially, this is the story of a sixteen year old girl who accidentally gets pregnant. She is a very bright girl with an adult attitude and she treats the most grown up of situations with a likeable, matter-of-fact outlook that is both brutally honest and confident.

As the story (and her unborn baby) develops though, her mature veneer begins to show some cracks, betraying the fact that she is really confused, unsure of herself and, ultimately, as scared as any normal teenager.

It's at this point that you're probably thinking "this doesn't sound much like a comedy to me". Well, let's face it: it's not exactly Knocked Up. This is an indie film that is both funny and clever, but is unmistakably unusual and quite serious. It is very much in the same vein as Little Miss Sunshine and Garden State, and for my money that puts it in great company.

The quirkiness of the film is perfectly complemented by the curious soundtrack that plays throughout the film, but the thing you will notice the most is the incredible performance of Ellen Page. I am certain we'll see a lot more of her on our screens before very long.

At first, I thought this was going to be a one-watch film, but I have found myself thinking about this one quite a bit since I saw it, and already I wouldn't mind watching it again. Only get a few indie films of this calibre get released each year and this one is particularly well-executed, as evidenced by its slew of Oscar nominations. Juno is a bit of a slow burner, but overall, it's highly recommended.

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Length: 96 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/juno/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0467406/
Release Date: 8th February 2008

Top Five Rating: 90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0% (90.0%)
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