Diablo Cody won an Academy Award for her screenplay for Juno, and it’s true that the film bubbles along on the strength of the snappy, frank commentary that Juno (Ellen Page) offers on the travails of being pregnant at 16. Juno’s idiom is fully postmodern: at times she is schoolyard cool (“I’ve taken like three pregnancy tests, and I’m forshizz up the spout”), at other times consciously retro (“What other shenanigans could I get into?”), and her cultural references range from the latest indie band to the Old Testament (her version of a “closed adoption”: “I mean, can’t we just, like, kick this old school? Like, I have the baby, put it in a basket and send it your way, like Moses and the reeds?”). The viewer stays interested if only to see what one-liner she will emit next on her journey to parenthood.


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