Juno

I’ve always loved this movie, Juno is in my top 5 favourite movie characters. In secondary school, in drama class, my character was always either the drunk one or the pregnant one so I think its along those lines as to why I love this movie.

  • I thought it was clever to show the seasons to really show how long pregnancy takes. I guess I liked this because I’m so sick of soap operas [mainly Hollyoaks] who have their characters be pregnant for 3 months then give birth to a healthy baby.
  • I love the character of Juno, she’s just so awesome and totally someone I’d hang out with if she were real. Though, to be honest… I feel that there is a part of Juno in every young female and therefore makes her very relatable. I also love her sense of humor, her attitude towards her pregnancy and burger phone.
  • The opening song makes me sad because I gave the song to an old crush to use in our play and now I think of rejection when I hear this song. F*****g men… Anyways, loved the cartoon effect in the opening sequence and I read somewhere that it took over 7 months to make!
  • The shopkeeper in this movie is another character favourite of mine. He’s not in it for long but he makes his mark with some of the funniest lines in the movie which I will quote at the end of the review.
  • This movie is half about the characters and story and stuff and the other half is all about the soundtrack. Its like the whose-who of indie music and everything the character Juno would listen to. I love this soundtrack, I have a few of the songs on my iTunes!
  • Juno’s friend is so lovely and is like a combination of my closest girls put together. I found it very interesting that they chose her to be a cheerleader as she isn’t the typical movie-cheerleader especially as she fancies old, bearded teachers [that’s one thing my girls don’t do, thank God].
  • I loooove the intro to Bleaker and how the clips match the lyrics to the song in their own unique way. Plus I still love Michael Cera.
  • One of the other things I love about this movie as a whole is that it’s the other side of teen pregnancy. Most people, thanks to the media and stereotypes, think of pregnant teens as being whores who go out every night, drink and have sex with anything that stands still long enough. Obviously, this is kind of true but there are others who aren’t like that at all and one of them is Juno [and have you seen the movie Mom at Sixteen? Its like this one but not as funny]. There are teen mums out there who do it for good and not because they want to get on Maury.
  • What DOES sexually active mean?!
  • I love the introduction to Juno’s family, especially about her birth-mum ‘Oh, and she inexplicably mails me a cactus every Valentine’s Day. And I’m like, “Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment.”’ Sorry, I know I was going to leave quotes till the end but that line sums up what I wanted to say anyways.
  • “I don’t know what kind of girl I am.” We’ve all been there and therefore want to hug little Junbug!
  • The perfect couple was perfectly casted! Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman were fantastic in their own ways and were just, for lack of a better word, perfect. I totally fell for Vanessa who’s the biggest sweetheart ever and I can relate to as I get the feeling that I was born to be a mother [when I’m older, obviously, don’t freak out mum.] And then Bateman is great as Mark which must have been a kind of hard role to play, especially towards the end where… he… y’know… I think he falls for Juno, I’m still not entirely sure, I don’t think anyone is sure to be honest…
  • Cute moment when the baby finally kicks for Vanessa and she’s so happy and then you see Juno who looks happy because she knows she’s found the perfect mother for the baby.
  • This film, for some reason, gave me the serious munchies. I’m starving after watching it!
  • I can’t find the quote but when Juno says that as soon as you’re old enough to go to prom, its no longer cool which is totally true.
  • Even though Juno is mostly all laughs about the pregnancy, it was nice to see her negativity about it; she says she’s wearing a fat suit she can’t take off, everyone stares at her, she looks like a planet and also says ‘are you ashamed we did it? At least you don’t have the evidence under your sweater’.
  • I thought the fact that Mark wears mainly teen/young adult style clothes really gave the audience that extra push that this man suffers from ‘Peter Pan’ syndrome and doesn’t want to grow up.
  • Oooooo the weird moment between Mark/Juno in the basement!! Ooooo! Super cringe!! Then I felt soooo sad for poor Juno who wants to believe in a happy family so badly!
  • Awww at Juno/Bleaker! Such a cute, perfect couple.
  • The baby that ‘came out’ of Juno looks like a proper, fresh baby! How did they do that?! Just wait for a baby to pop out then ask the mum if they could quickly take it away to be in a movie? Or is it simply just really good make-up…
  • Loved the performance of “Anyone Else” at the end by Juno and Bleaker, nice sweet little ending.
  • This film is just filled with quotes galore which I will now finished the review with my favourite ones [probably won‘t be in order of the movie, by the way]:
  • Leah: Yo Yo Yiggady Yo.
    Juno: I’m at suicide risk.
    Leah: Juno?
    Juno: No, it’s Morgan Freeman. Do you have any bones that need collecting?
    Leah: Only the one in my pants…

    Mac MacGuff: [a very pregnant Juno enters the room] Hey there, big puffy version of Junebug!

    Juno: You should’ve gone to China, you know, ’cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.

    Rollo: You better pay for that pee-stick when you’re done with it. Don’t think it’s yours just because you marked it with your urine!

    Rollo: So what’s the prognosis, Fertile Myrtle? Minus or plus?
    Juno: I don’t know. It’s not seasoned yet.
    [grabs strawberry lace]
    Juno: I’ll take some of these. Nope… There it is. The little pink plus sign is so unholy.
    [shakes pregnancy tester]
    Rollo: That ain’t no Etch-A-Sketch. This is one doodle that can’t be un-did, Homeskillet.

    [at Juno’s ultrasound]
    Leah: Whoa! Check out Baby Big Head. Dude, that thing is freaky lookin’.
    Juno: Excuse me. I am a sacred vessel, alright? All you’ve got in your stomach is Taco Bell.

    Paulie: I still have your underwear.
    Juno: I still have your virginity.

    Vanessa: Oh, I thought I would get some drinks. What would anyone like? I have Pellegrino, or Vitamin Water or Orange Juice or…
    Juno: I’ll have a Maker’s Mark, please. Up.
    Mac MacGuff: She’s kidding. Junebug has a wonderful sense of humor. Just one of her many genetic gifts.

    Mac MacGuff: Thanks for having me and my irresponsible child over your house.

    Juno: I’m just gonna go ahead an nip this thing in the bud. Cuz you know, they say pregnancy often leads to, you know… [brief pause] infants…

    Vanessa Loring: How do I look?
    Bren: Like a new mom. Scared shitless.

    Bren: When you move out I’m getting two Weimaraners!
    Juno: WHOA DREAM BIG!
    Bren: Oh, go fly a kite!

    Juno: Silencio, Old Man!

    Leah: [reading] “Wholesome, spiritually wealthy couple have found true love with each other.” Aw… all that’s missing is your bastard!
    Juno: I want a parakeet.

    Juno: I am giving you the gift of life, screaming, pooping life, and you don’t even have to be there when it comes out all covered in blood and guts.

    Juno: It ended with a chair.

    77/212

    Kate
    xoxo

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    Superbad

    I don’t think I’ve written more notes on a film yet than no this one! I was one of the late ones to watch this movie. I’d never seen it before since about a month or so ago. Its terrible of me but I just never got round to seeing it! It ended up being one of the first DVDs I bought here in the USA. I think that this is pure comic genius. I suppose the fact that I’m madly in love with Seth Rogen and Michael Cera doesn’t help that either!

    I haven’t written so many notes on one film so far in my challenge. I need to stop practically reciting the whole film in these notes. There are just so many great moments in this movie! Lets start with the beginning. The opening credits are awesome. You have Evan [Michael Cera] and Seth [Jonah Hill] and they’re dancing but you can’t actually see them as they’re blocked out in colour like the iPod adverts. You can totally tell its them though. Anyway, their dance moves are so nerdy that its cool which is exactly what this movie is; its so nerdy that its cool. Then it changes into real like and the first conversation we hear is about porn so the audience knows exactly what is in store for them. Actually…now I think about it…the whole film is pretty much about sex. So if that makes you uncomfortable, don’t watch this. At all. Please. You’d probably die from shock. Thing is, they talk so openly about sex that you can’t help but feel a little awkward at first but gradually you get used to it and just roll your eyes and laugh.

    The film is all about the losers of a high school and their mission to get drunk and get laid. We know they’re losers from the start because they’re the only people who aren’t invited to a party and are noted to be rarely at any parties. I’d say that the biggest loser is Fogell who we know straight away is the king of losers; no scrawny, four-eyed white boy could say “gangsters, wassup!” and not be a total loser. However, there is something about this pale boy that is so annoying yet we love him for it. We love him even more when he gets a fake I.D. and officially becomes McLovin’ which, I think its safe to say, is now a household name.

    We have Seth who has a penis problem; he draws penises on everything. He also has a foul-mouth problem. Now, I don’t mind swearing. To be honest, I think I swear [with my friends] just as much as he does but it’s the sexual things that make you go “did he just say that?! He did! He did just say that! Oh my God that’s gross yet awesome!’ He’s incredibly selfish and doesn’t give a toss when McLovin’ supposedly ‘gets caught’ by the police. That part in the story is a twist that I think was very well written. You need to get these guys to separate, so have Seth and Evan [Cera] think that McLovin’ [I’m not going to call him Fogell, he’s McLovin’] has been arrested but is in fact a witness to a crime that Evan and Seth didn’t see because they were chasing a girl down the street who had big breasts. Genius. Anyway, Seth is desperate to get laid and says a fantastic line that I think a few guys probably do think; “You know when you hear girls say ‘Ah man, I was so shit-faced last night, I shouldn’t have fucked that guy?’ We could be that mistake!” Another moment that I’d like to mention is the period-blood scene. Its so funny that it has to be true and I think I heard on the [DVD] commentary that it is a true story. I want to feel sorry for Seth for getting period-blood on his leg but I just find myself going “HA! NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS!”

    Evan is so adorable and the classic nice guy that most girls want to meet and is adorable and is Michael Cera and I love Michael Cera so Evan is awesome. That’s all I can really say. To be honest, I hardly wrote any notes about Evan. Which I guess is a kind of bad thing. But I love him so its not bad. Oh, and he sings beautifully…and has dance moves that would make John Travolta blush…

    Before I move onto the two characters that make this movie so damn awesome, I want to do one paragraph on something technical. Don’t worry, it won’t be as technical as Requiem for a Dream. There’s one clip that I think wouldn’t be as funny if it weren’t for the editing. Evan and Seth are getting off the bus and walking towards McLovin’. They’re in slow motion and because of the music, they look a little bit cool. Then we see McLovin’ who is also walking towards them and is wearing this hideous brown, camel-skin-esk vest. Another cut to Seth and Evan and they have the looks on the faces of “what the hell” and Seth actually says “what the fuck”. We don’t hear Seth saying it but we see his mouth make the movements and you can’t really mistake what the lips are saying for anything else. It doesn’t sound as funny in words but it really is on screen. Its amazing what a little slow-motion can do to a scene.

    Now. Onto the two coolest policemen you will ever see. I can’t actually remember the cops names so I just wrote them down as COP!Seth and COP!Bill. These cops are either really good at playing dumb cops so they can get out of doing their job or they are actually that dumb. They’re so un-police-like that you love them for it. They take complete advantage of being a cop in a way that I think a few other people would too. They run red lights, they drink and drive, they hand a gun to a minor, they shoot things like a STOP sign, and all other types of stuff! They have a test with the breathalyzer to see who’s more hammered [McLovin’ wins!] which is just hilarious. Then there’s another where they’re about to have a shoot-off, McLovin’ is about to shoot when they hear sirens and COP!Seth and COP!Bill freak out screaming “SHIT! IT’S THE COPS!” and driving away! it’s a classic joke that I don’t think will ever stop being funny. Oooo and there’s another [sorry, this is becoming a very informal review but whatever, this film makes me happy and hyper] where COP!Seth and COP!Bill are shining lights in each other’s eyes as they pretend they’re lightsabers [who hasn’t done that!] and COP!Bill hits Seth with his car and COP!Seth is like “I can’t believe this is happening again”! These two characters are definitely in my top 5 list of comical characters, up there with the people from Anchorman and the brother from The Hangover.

    Its just a movie of pure nerdy awesomeness. It’s a thousand times better than American Pie and I’m not saying that because I love Michael Cera or Seth Rogen. If you haven’t seen this, see it. If you have, see it again.

    Oh, and COP!Seth has a porn-‘tash.

    Radio: “OH MY GOD, WE NEED BACK UP, THERE‘S SO MUCH BLOOD!” COP!Bill: *turns radio off* “I bet you play the whole ‘mysterious guy’…”

    14/212

    Kate
    xoxo