Nov. 4, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST
Sisterhood is powerful, and cute, and funny and nurturing and life affirming. Men are toads and weasels, although they can partially redeem themselves by being effeminate and weak. Thus endith the lesson.
Nov. 4, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST
Nov. 4, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST
Kept it brief and pertinent. Looking forward to checking out this movie.
Nov. 4, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST
Colour me very interested. Excited to see Cody grow as a writer. I've liked-to-loved every film Reitman has turned out. Thanks for putting it on the radar, Capone.
Nov. 4, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST
I thought it was hilarious. This looks good too. I don't think that Reitman has disappointed me yet.
Nov. 4, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST
pretentious hipster claptrap, that
Nov. 4, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST
Love it, hate it... for godsake can't we be DONE WITH IT? Anyway, yeah, this looks great. Charlize and Patton look like they're giving amazing performances here.
Nov. 4, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST
Several people I know just adore the hell out of Juno. In a way, Juno and Young Adult are kind of the same. Both Juno and the character of Mavis have this one thing happen in their life that seems more like a speed bump than a typical world-shattering lifestyle change like most movies would do. They both seem to continue on their merry way once the annoyances around them have subsided. It does seem somewhat selfish...but humans are often selfish people. I know I can be sometimes. And kind of like how Mavis is unable to change some of her vices, we all have things like that where people tell us, 'you should do this or that.' We often consider them, but don't act on them. I will admit I somewhat enjoyed 'Jennifer's Body,' which in some places seemed more fun than 'Juno' was, but 'Young Adult' is definitely a film that has made me consider there's more to Cody's writing than talk of 'pork swords' and 'honest to blog' conversations.
Nov. 4, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST
by Frat Boy
I remember reading the script and not being a fan. Solid work by Cody, but I never bought the motivation behind many of Mavis' decisions. She just comes apart at the seams more and more as the script progresses. Plus, I get a little tired of the wannabe writer character complaining that they never made it in life or that they're not doing the kind of writing they originally intended. It's like, come on. It's a job, isn't it? It beats working in a coal mine, doesn't it?
Nov. 4, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST
Minneapolis is fucking awesome. It's simultaneously a big city and a friendly college town, and the bar scene is fantastic and varied. It's easy to get around, it's safe, and it's clean. Oh, and there are hot college girls EVERYWHERE.
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST
and it's a balmy 40 figgin' below zero in the winter. Those hot college girls may be everwhere, but they're buried under 50 pounds of fur-lined hats, baggy sweaters and poofy down parkas
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
And don't care who knows it. Yes, it's overly cute on 2nd pass. And it's nowhere close to realistic. But so what?
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Tank Williams
I have lived in Minneapolis for 28 years, so yes, I can confirm both of your statements.
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST
by Tank Williams
How old are you? No, really, I'm curious how old you are...
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST
by Tank Williams
Someone who calls another person a fag, and uses words like "turd vaporizer", is either a teenager, or an adult who acts like a teenager.
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST
i think cause i did a weekend of united states of tara, and it was weird.
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST
Yet another movie glorifying being a self-absorbed asshole! Ahhh, the sweet afterglow of unaccountablity.
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST
by Andrew Bertke
According to director Jason Reitman, who spoke after the Minneapolis premier of Young Adult a few weeks ago, the college town parts of Young Adult were not shot in Minnesota. They were shot in update New York.
Nov. 4, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST
by Andrew Bertke
err... upstate New York.
Nov. 4, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST
the muted colors, music and mood scream dull chick flick, but this review sells it as something that might be interesting. well done C
Nov. 4, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST
Common now, Capone! You should know by now to confirm the movies you are allowed to pan BEFORE you go ahead and write the review
Nov. 4, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST
by Margot Tenenbaum
Nov. 4, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Nov. 4, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST
by Nerd Rage
it didn't seem as layered or deep as the review suggest. But I'd love to see Oswalt be nominated for an oscar eventually. Just so he'd get offered more juicy roles.
Nov. 4, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST
Hmmm, I hate Cody's writing, but Collette Wolfe is very underrated, imo, and I'd like to see how she is in this.
Nov. 4, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST
And I'm a fairly contemptible sort of fellow.
Nov. 4, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST
although, still very good. I'll watch anything he puts out.
Nov. 4, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST
I just don't get all the Juno criticism. I get that it might not be to everyone's taste, but it's an objectively solid film. Decrying the characters as "hipsters" or saying it's too cute, or whatever are reasons YOU may not personally like it but then your review is more about you than about the film. Not everyone personally likes Citizen Kane. Maybe they dislike the characters or they think its too talky. But that doesn't make it a bad film on any objective level. I think it's become popular to bitch about Juno and Diablo Cody because it's like they became a hit almost over night, so people want to write the film and its unusual screenwriter off as some passing fad. It's like Justin Bieber and that "Friday" girl. I don't have any idea if they're talented or not because it's not for my age demographic and so I haven't really listened to them, but what I do know is that almost as soon as they hit it big, they had an army of haters. And I strongly suspect that the majority of that hate had little to do with whether they were talented or not but with the mere fact that they achieved massive fame and success at such a young age. We'll have to wait and see if Juno stands the test of time but if the best criticism you can throw at the film is that its characters are too hipster, I suggest you find a better excuse to hate the film that does a better job of hiding your jealousy.
Nov. 5, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST
That kind of writing is why some don't like Diablo Cody. She has a very distinctive writing style and some love it and some hate it. There's no hidden agenda.
Nov. 5, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST
Here's the point that you missed about Rebecca "Friday" Black: she got popular because it was fun and "ironic" to enjoy her awful, awful song. And this is what's wrong with the current youtube generation of hipsters. If you make something popular because you think it's funny for it to be popular, guess what? YOU FAILED. You've made her a success and because you can't just say, "Holy shit, this is awful, I'm NOT going to link my friends to it." she now has a record deal. Garbage gets a pass. As for Diablo Cody? I liked Juno a lot, but thought it was madness to give Cody the Oscar for Original Screenplay. If Juno could be said to have flaws, they are largely script-related. The biggest being structural/arc related. I found it enormously bothersome that Juno overcomes one of the big obstacles of the movie by making peace with her mom BUT then half an act later she's at war with mom again. WTF? You can't make a character progress and then regress and never address that relationship dynamic. The movie also introduces the romantic tension between Juno and Bleeker but doesn't adequately address that, either. We get some scenes between them that establish the dynamic, but the actual progression from fling to potential relationship isn't tracked all that well. The movie generally suffers from a lot of start-and-stop plot traffic and character progression.
Nov. 5, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST
by Citizen Sane
Clumsily written by a blatant man-hater. I guess she sucked too many cocks dry for petty cash.
Nov. 6, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST
by Orbots Commander
...to Juno, any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Seriously, it's a very good, understated directorial effort and it's also one of Clooney's most affecting performances, and sums up almost all of his past screen roles, into a single individual. Its subject matter still remains very timely. An aside, I also thought that if there were ever a franchise-starting The Flash film, Reitman would be a perfect director for it.