Juno by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Mason Novick and Russell Smith.
Directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking).
Starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, J.K Simmons, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.
What is it?: Juno MacGruff (Page), a sarcastic sixteen year old "indie-kid", is faced with an unplanned pregnancy with her best friend and makes an unusual decision on what to do with her child.
So it's Knocked Up(2007)?: Actually, it's a much better version of Knocked Up. Similar plot-line, however the end result with the child is obviously different, and the jokes don't result to pot-headed humor like in Knocked Up. This is more sarcastic"Wes Anderson" style humor, with just witty dialogue more than stupid sex jokes.
What makes it so great?: It's in-depth storyline, believable characters and it's hilarious dialogue. J.K Simmons (though rarely used) is hilarious in this. If you pay attention to what Page and Cera say, they're the funniest on-camera couple of the year. Seriously, just they're dialogue is worth the price of admission alone.
Is it anything like the other comedies?: Not really, no. It has more of a art-film feel to it, similar to Reitman's Thank You For Smoking (2005), but with more witty dialogue than Smoking. If you haven't noticed yet, the dialogue is the best part of this film.
FINAL SCORE: 10/10. The best of it's genre, and one of the best of 2007. Worthy of awards, and this year's Little Miss Sunshine(2006). Worth the price of admission.