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21 April 2008


I have a hard time watching movies these days for 2 reasons.

1) Most movies are stupid.
{stoo-pid} "lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull"
2) Ones that aren't stupid have naked people swearing like Richard Pryor in them.

But my wife and I watched and LOVED "Juno" last night. It's a funny movie that doesn't ram "funny" down your throat with shtick. It let's the teen-pop-culture-laced dialog, given to intriguing wonderful characters, tell it's own story. Like the Gilmore Girls on half speed. It also handles the multi-faceted issue of teen pregnancy from an insiders perspective.

It's not always easy to step back and have a spirited point-counter point, pro-life vs pro-choice debate... when you're 16 and have a human growing in you.

Juno: Well, you know, I was thinking I'd just nip it in the bud, before it gets worse, because they were talking about it in health class, how pregnancy, it can often lead to... an infant.
" Juno" shows the cavalier line of thought facing teens towards abortion. They barely believed me in Ghana when I tried to explain it, but it's somewhat a cultural norm in the culture teens face. This is an exchange with a girl at the abortion clinic after Juno began "the process":

Girl: Here, have a condom. They're boysenberry.
Juno: I'm actually off sex right now, thanks.
Girl: My boyfriend wears them every time we have intercourse. They make his junk smell like pie.

The abnormality of this, combined with remembering what her friend outside the clinic chanting "All babies want to get borned" told her about her baby having fingernails... made Juno decide to carry her baby to term and find a family to adopt it.

Obviously... lot's happens to Juno... including her figuring out how to make decisions and choices that someone her age is unequipped to make. And she makes them very well with the help of a disappointed but loving family who stick up for her. Her divorced and remarried father helps her process her own feelings about life, relationships, marriage, babies...

Mac MacGuff: Are you having boy trouble because I gotta be honest I don't really much approve of you dating in your condition. That's, uh, that's kinda messed up.
Juno: No, Dad, it's not--
Mac MacGuff: I mean that's pretty skanky. Isn't that what you girls call it? Skanky? Skeevy?
Juno: Please stop.
Mac MacGuff: Tore up from the floor up?

He goes on to give Juno this cool nugget of fatherly wisdom:

Mac MacGuff: Look, in my opinion the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what-have-you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with.

Juno gives the baby to the right person. Her family supports her and forgives her. The father of the baby and Juno fall in love and write weird acoustic guitar songs together. It's a happy movie about real people battling to make the right choice in a life that is full of unexpected variables.

Life is imperfect.

It's one of the issues I have with "you can do" success pimpin' motivational types. I think life is more like baseball than a Tony Robbins convention. The best batters in baseball succeed 3 out of 10 times. It's what you choose to believe about yourself after the 7 outs you make that makes you a success or not.

1 comment:

patrick said...

i assumed Juno was directed by the same guy that directed Knocked Up because it's about an unexpected pregnancy, and Michael Cera stars as Juno's boyfriend (he was one of the goofy kids from Superbad, a close relative of Knocked Up), but it turns out this is not the case

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