Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today The CineManiac's "Comedy of the Year" Juno hits DVD. Juno was the 3rd pregnancy comedy to come out last year following Waitress and Knocked Up, and it was the best by far. It's always amazing when any group backs a movie about teen pregnancy, but it's utterly mindblowing to see 2 groups at extreme ends of the spectrum take a movie and praise it for being an example of their beliefs. But that's just what happened with Juno, both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice groups showed their support for the film.

The movie finds teen rebel, Juno, pregnant and trying to figure out what to do about it. Her first choice is to abort, but a protester outside changes her mind by telling her that the baby already has fingernails. This small fact makes Juno think twice about abortion and she instead decides to give the baby up for adoption. Juno finds a couple in the penny saver who are looking to adopt and the film follows the nine month journey of all those involved, Juno, the boy who knocked her up, her parents, friends, and the couple hoping to adopt.

What sets Juno apart is the quick fire dialogue. Juno speaks unlike any teenager I know, but more like a teenager than most movies. Plus unlike Waitress which dealt with adultery, and Knocked Up which was vulgar and more adult, Juno is a movie which almost anyone could see. I'd say it's a good movie for parents to watch with their teens in order to start a discussion on teen sex and pregnancy.

Juno appears on pretty much every platform you could imagine (From the Press Release):

Apple iTunes users will be able to purchase JUNO for $14.99 and then download the film to view on a PC or Mac, iPod with video, iPhone or with Apple TV on a widescreen TV. Additionally, consumers that purchase the Special Edition two disc DVD of JUNO or the BD disc version with Digital Copy have numerous ways to enjoy the film. They can watch the DVD or blu-ray disc on their television screen or computer and they can also effortlessly transfer the digital version of the film to their iTunes account and view it on a computer or compatible portable video device iPod with video or iPhone just like a movie purchased from the iTunes Store.

I recommend the DVD (or Blu-Ray if you can), but I really just enjoy having a physical copy.


patrick said...

i assumed Juno was directed by the same guy that directed Knocked Up, because it's about unexpected pregnancy and Michael Cera stars as Juno's boyfriend (he was in Superbad, a close relative of Knocked Up).

The CineManiac said...

Nope, Jason Rietman (Thank You for Smoking) directed it. Cera's the only think that ties the two together in any way.

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