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Jason, Bellville. 26 February 2010
How did they pull it off? I mean, a movie based around a schoolgirl falling pregnant would easily be fodder for sappy soap-opera melodrama. What's presented here instead is a well-acted, well-observed, non-judgemental depiction of the subject matter, peppered with quality lines of dialogue I haven't heard in a high school movie since Heathers. No doubt this is Ellen Page's film (and as the main character she excels), but spare some credit for Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons. They take on the role as Juno's parents and though the danger is always there, not once do they allow these characters to become self parodies: the scene where they react to Juno's announcement would by itself be grounds for Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominations.
It's warm, it's heartfelt, it's funny. It's damn near perfect.
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