I’m sure I’m late to the blogosphere on this one but, either way, for those of you out there that haven’t seen the movie Juno yet, I’d recommend you run to the theaters this weekend to see it.
Here was a great piece on CNN.com today about the stripper turned screenplay writer, Diablo Cody:
When I first saw her name appear in the pre-roll credits as I saw the film a few weeks back, I thought to myself, “that sounds like a porn star name.” Porn star, stripper, screenplay writer or In-and-Out Burger flipper, Diablo penned a heck of a screenplay here and this movie is absolutely fantastic. In a Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow dominated comedic film world of either sophomoric flics (e.g. Superbad) or cutesy ones (e.g. Knocked Up,) Juno was remarkably fresh and well done. It didn’t drag, it told a good story, the acting was strong all-around and it deserves to be credited as one of the better movies of 2008. (I did enjoy Superbad and Knocked Up BTW–I just thought Juno was all around better than both of them.)
The movie that Juno most reminded me of stylistically was Thank you for Smoking and, sure enough, they are both directed by Jason Reitman. Reitman who is, not surprisingly, the talented son of the classic Ivan Reitman (think Ghostbusters, Twins, Old School, Road Trip, etc etc) clearly has a unique style these days that crosses somewhere between Wes Anderson and his old man. He, like Diablo, has an exciting career in front of him.
The movie Juno, and the back-story of Diablo Cody, is a great one on many levels. I’m looking forward to many more future projects from her.