17.3.08

You Don't Know Juno!?

After WFMU’s Tom Scharpling dressed me down on-air for potentially liking the movie Juno (I hadn’t seen it yet but said I’d consider watching it) I finally saw it last night. I decided that even though I didn’t know anything about the movie at the time and hadn’t yet seen it, I deserved The Scharpling Best-Show-Bitch-Slap.

Juno would have made sense if it came out somewhere in the 1994 – 1997 range (like when the adjacent Time Magazine article came out). But a 2007 film about the angst of a 16-year old kid who gets pregnant and gives it up for adoption? Yawn. You could have watched that movie every day of your life as a social worker in Baltimore 20 years ago and it would have been more dramatic (less funny, though). This speaks to the allure of Juno; why did all those people watch it and the New York Times Magazine drool on it? Because it was about a cute little white girl amongst the evening breezes of Any-Town USA. How precious.

Put a black girl from Brownsville in that movie and it's a no-go.

The more interesting story shoved aside in Juno is between Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), a yuppie sell-out upon whom God has, presumably, exacted revenge for her lame ways by making her infertile, and her classic American I-don’t-wanna-be-a-dad-I-still-wanna-be-a-rock-star-but-I’m-36 husband Mark (Jason Bateman).
Mark and Vanessa’s relationship would have offered a more interesting and relevant story-line about the (nod to the knowing) arrested development that seems to plague many an American male these days.

There’s also the matter of the awkward attempt to capture American-teen-talk. “Swear to blog!?” It is rampant through the first, oh, nine minutes of the film and then Cody Diablo (stripper turned bad scriptwriter) must have exhausted a meagre Thesaurus of the Retarded American Teen.

Juno’s kind of funny, sometimes, I guess. But hardly worth it for that. Why did it get all this attention? Maybe there were a lot of producers that owed Diablo money from the old days.

2 comments:

jason said...

at least you didnt get gomp'd tonight when you brought up juno, just rather unceremoniously hung up on

Ol Mucky said...

i think would have preferred a gomping