In a last minute move, Juno will join the best movies of the year list because of how teenage pregnancy is shown in a smart, comedic, but still dramatic way. Many have said the film is quirky and they couldn’t be more accurate. Every cast member exemplifies their character and the music, played at just the right moments, gives the movie an "indie film meets Hollywood studios" characteristic.

Juno MacGruff (Ellen Page) is a promiscuous high school girl who wants to try sex and decides to do so with her best friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). Her trial ends up in an unexpected pregnancy and a need to mature fast to decide between having an abortion or a baby. Juno opts to give the child up for adoption.

The process of interviewing parents is entertaining since Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman play the young materialistic couple considered for the position effectively. Garner passes off great as a busy cosmopolitan and Bateman’s free spirited personality shows the truth about couples not always being on the same page.

Another interesting relationship is that of Juno’s parents. As she tells her folks of the pregnancy and grows larger in size, audiences can see where this teen gets her dry sense of humor about her situation. Juno’s parents are unsurprised and understanding, to the point of admitting that having sex was probably not Paulie’s idea. Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons play parents that are concerned but in a way clueless and vulnerable.

Overall the film portrays the preoccupying issue many teens have to deal with, with optimism and authenticity; without making audiences think that sex and its consequences are easy to handle.

Page’s performance is exemplary, truly showing that her success in Hard Candy was not just beginner’s luck. As a director Jason Reitman’s sophomore production worked well with the script of ex-stripper Cody Diablo. Diablo’s life experiences probably helped write a witty script that made for a great film. Rated PG-13 this is the last must-see movie of the year.

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Bessie King is a Blast contributing editor. She can be reached at [email protected]

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