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Friday, January 18, 2008

Juno: A Movie Review

Go and see Juno.

Listening to the story of teenage pregnancy from Juno's perspective gave a sense of authenticity. Somehow this story was super touching and felt real at the same time. The complexity of relationships and family life are exposed, the vulnerable teenage questions are asked, the goodness of flawed people shines through the confusion of human life.

The politics of this hot-button issue was set as merely background noise and bascially neutralized while attention centered on the difficult decisions Juno faced with her body, relationships, and future. Every relationship she had was renegotiated beautifully, but genuinely. Juno never quit being Juno, but also kept finding ways to be a better version of herself.

Juno is a story about chances and second chances for a lot of people - not just Juno. It is story about redemption and providence. It is a story about hidden things that cannot remain hidden and why that is a really good thing. It is a story that doesn't just get you all cleaned up at the end and ready to go, but rather helps you to feel like there is some good in the honest dirt of life.

You will fall in love with Juno - you just won't be able to help it.

9 comments:

MDAMAN said...

My wife and I saw Juno on Christmas Day and really enjoyed it as well as its soundtrack.

I think, though, that Juno's parents and classmates (those not her immediate friends) were, unfortunately, not realistic. Most teenage girls who get pregnant probably don't have such understanding and supporting friends and family.

My wife refuses to see Cloverfield with me. Wanna fly out and see it?

Fajita said...

Oh yeah, I didn't even mention the soundtrack. It is great wit some very funny songs.

And yes, I would see Cloverfield with you because there is no ay Gail is going to see it with me.

JG9000 said...

Another case (or cases) of movie 'give and take' tragedy! While Juno is a good show, it's still a chick flick. Cloverfield is a great show - well done for a monster movie. In fairness, I should note that both my wife and daughter went with, but ended up leaving early due to the shakey camera deal.

Larry James said...

You are right on the moeny! Great movie for all the reasons you point out. Must see. I wonder if we feel it a bit unrealistic due to what we experience of families and their reactions inside the church???

Fajita said...

Parental response to teen pregnancy is never easy or scripted. How parents respond (short term, but even more so long term) to something so huge as their daughter getting pregnant is basically the parent's confession of who they really are.

I certainly do not want to be testing and exposed by these means. At the same time, it is my job as a parent to be the kind of parent who, if tested, will be good.

Matt said...
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Matt said...

I know I'm off topic here, but tag, you're it!

Larry James said...

You are right on the moeny! Great movie for all the reasons you point out. Must see. I wonder if we feel it a bit unrealistic due to what we experience of families and their reactions inside the church???

JG9000 said...

Another case (or cases) of movie 'give and take' tragedy! While Juno is a good show, it's still a chick flick. Cloverfield is a great show - well done for a monster movie. In fairness, I should note that both my wife and daughter went with, but ended up leaving early due to the shakey camera deal.