Juno you got suckered
We love it when people agree with us, especially when we bond over our mutual distaste for a movie -- "Juno" -- that's getting awards/critical/audience attention far disproportionate to its quality.
We're not kidding ourselves here -- we know there's no real backlash against the tart dramedy. And before we're completely dismissed as enemies of all that's sweet and light (and alt!), let us just note that we dug the performances. A lot. In fact, we support our commenter from the other day who believes that Ellen Page is a revelation. We begrudge the young actress nothing.
Now, on to the thrashing.
The Projectionist sums up At Least 10 Things We Hate About Juno, starting with its oh-so-wacky dialogue and extending to its ever-introspective characters:
"On and on, with sitcom banter laboring to be epigrammatical — except that each sequence ends with a switcheroo in which the characters display unexpected (and dramatically improbable) insight."
David Edelstein, we could kiss you full on the mouth for that assessment, along with saying that Page's nomination for best actress "will inspire screenwriters all over town to overwrite like mad."
Thank you, voice of reason.
Even "Entertainment Weekly," which gave the movie a near-perfect A-minus, drew attention to its "hyperverbal smart-mouthing" and its "extra serving of cute," though sheepishly figuring that being more critical would brand them way uncool.
Our biggest problem may be this: to knock "Juno" is to do irreparable damage to your own street cred. Maybe ours is too far gone to even care. We'd like to hear from you. Of course it's better when you think like we do (but we realize how rare that is). Dig in, folks.