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Juno (2007)

20th Century Fox

Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Batemen.

Rating: PG-13.

Run time: 96 mins

Genre: Comedy.

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

Ellen Page gives a great performance as tomboy Juno MacGuff in this charming Oscar-winning (for best screenplay) comedy.

In fact, "comedy" is a bit misleading because while there are some decent chuckles, the subject matter is serious and there are some touching scenes.

Page plays a 16-year-old forced to deal with an unplanned pregnancy after having sex with her best friend Paulie (Michael Cera). The movie could have taken the easy way out and made her a babe and him jock, but they are neither.

Her dad Mac (J.K. Simmons) would almost rather the "trouble" June comes home with have been drugs, but he and Juno's stepmom Bren (Allison Janney) try to do their best to help out.

While Juno initially decides an abortion would be the best solution to the "problem" - the favoured option of other girls in town who've gotten pregnant - she changes her mind and opts to carry the baby for a couple desperate to adopt (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman).

But beneath the seemingly solid relationship, the couple is having problems, leaving Juno with a difficult choice.

Smart dialogue, quiet humour and some moving scenes - such as the big-bellied Juno walking down a school hallway past disdainful fellow students - make this a nicely layered little flick.

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