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Four and a Half out of Five Stars
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Jason Reitman
Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Allison Janney, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Rainn Wilson
Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In Short: Juno MacGuff may have made a big mistake by getting pregnant at 16, but there isn’t a single misstep or mistake in this absolutely charming, funny look at teenage love and all the weird angst it entails.

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The Coolest Teenager Ever
But Maybe Not the Smartest?

by Jenny Peters

From the moment we meet Juno, the 16-year-old high school student who has sex with her best friend on a whim, it is obvious that she's not like most teenagers. No, Juno is incredibly smart, clever and cool—but she is also a bit of a dope when it comes to sex. For her first attempt at it results in an unwanted pregnancy, which naturally puts her world into a spin.

But "Juno" is not your typical TV movie-of-the-week fodder, no earnest drama that reminds kids to stay celibate and pure. Instead, it is an incredibly clever, laugh-filled look at a girl who has her head screwed on right, despite her initial mistake.

Ellen Page, Olivia Thirlby and Allison Janney in Juno
Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Ellen Page in Juno

With a dead-on script by ex-stripper-turned-first-time-film writer, Diablo Cody, an Oscar-worthy performance by Ellen Page as Juno, and super supporting work from Jennifer Garner (as the desperate-to-be-a-mother adoptive parent to Juno's baby), Jason Bateman (her less-than-desperate husband), J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney (Juno's awesome parents) and, best of all, Michael Cera as her best buddy and the baby's dad, this is a gem of a film.

Not sappy for a moment, yet filled with characters that feel completely real, "Juno" will make you laugh out loud, smile with understanding and for those of us watching who have made it out of the teenage years, giggle with happiness that those angst-fraught days are finally over. It's a great movie, and one that is sure to find itself on the short list when Oscar nominations are handed out later this month.

(Updated 01/04/08 NJ)

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