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Juno is a film worth seeing. The film tries a little too hard to establish its cred at the start, with overly zesty banter coming from all sides. But it soon establishes that this level of sophistication comes most reliably from the eponymous sharp-witted character of Juno. She is one of the most fully realized character I’ve seen on screen for awhile. At times I felt like I was living her experience. Her crinkling brow was my crinkling brow, her troubles were mine. And by the end of the film I did not want to leave her life. I wanted to know what she was up to in two years, in four, and more. That’s an accomplishment for any film, and it is a credit both to the screenplay and the tour-de-force performance by Ellen (“Kitty Pride” of X3) Page. And a special nod to J. K. Simmons, as the father.
Comparisons to Ghost World or to Wes Anderson’s films may be inevitable, but there is room for a third storyteller (and in this case, a female storyteller) in this vaguely defined genre of wise-beyond-their-age character studies.