iTunes Movie Of the Week: Honest to Blog! It's JUNO
JUNO was directed by Jason Reitman and the first script ever written by Diablo Cody - who went on to win a "Best Original Screenplay" Oscar! In addition, the film was nominated for Academy Awards for "Best Picture" and "Best Actress" (for Ellen Page). Produced for a mere $6.5 million dollars (and filmed in only twenty days) JUNO ended up making $143 million nationwide and $231 worldwide, Fox Searchlight's most successful film in the studio's 16-year history. (Read more.)
JUNO stars Ellen Page as the title character, a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera). With the help of her hot best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno finds her unborn child a perfect set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents (JK Simmons and Allison Janney) as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.
More On JUNO's "Birth" (Wikipedia):
"Diablo Cody was first approached to write a screenplay by film producer Mason Novick, who had previously landed Cody a book deal for her memoir, 'Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper,' after discovering her blog about stripping. He persuaded her to adapt the book for the screen, but suggested that she first write a screenwriting sample to show studios, and that sample became 'Juno...' [She wrote] the screenplay over seven weeks in the Starbucks section of a Target store in Minneapolis."
Also check out the awesome soundtrack - some songs, including those by Kimya Dawson, were suggested by Ellen Page. Be sure to visit the film's official site and look under FoxSearchlight.com's JUNO tag for all content on JUNO, JUNO, JUNO. (You can also watch the trailer at the bottom of this post.)
Below are excerpts from reviews which can be accessed in their entirety via Rotten Tomatoes (where JUNO received a 93% score overall and 100% from "Top Critics").
"That smart, hip, human comedy you've been waiting for all year? The one with dialogue like a sugar rush and performances like grace notes? It's called Juno and it just arrived in theaters. Go forth and multiplex."
-- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Juno is hilarious and sweet-tempered, perceptive and surprisingly grounded. It's also a gust of fresh air, perspective-wise."
-- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"4 stars. Juno represents an almost magical configuration of very talented people with the same brand of whipsaw humor."
-- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Juno is more than a few smiles it makes you laugh deeply. It's one from the bruised heart."
-- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"4 stars. Juno is the best picture of the year. It is very smart, very funny and very touching."
-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
"4 stars. A charming, honest and terrifically acted film that bristles with vitality and heart."
-- Claudia Puig, USA Today
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