Tuesday, February 19, 2008
'Juno': It's quirky, and that's OK
My fascination with “Juno” was hard-fought. I’ve courted more “quirky comedies” on dark, lonely nights in empty theaters than I care to confess, and I, like this flick’s eponymous heroine, have become a bit tired of it all. A bit jaded in trusted company.
I’m done with the quirk, I say to myself time and time again.
Why should a flick about a sassy pregnant teenager matter to me? Why should this girl, who successfully pairs the words pork and swords in a sentence, have any bearing on my real life?
Juno matters because of screenwriter Diablo Cody.
What really works about Juno is her labored but exhaustively amusing use of language.
It’s her curious knowledge of cult horror films. Her indie music savvy. Her crude but poetic turns of phrase. Juno calls herself “the cautionary whale,” and it’s all posturing, you say? It’s too screenwriter? It’s so scripted? Yes, yes, yes, and it’s so very teenage in a way that so kens the teenage mind.
Teenage years are one endless, confusing search for meaning through words. Can you think of a better contemporary practitioner of balderdash bingo than Juno?
Enough from me.
Is “Juno” your favorite of the Oscar nominees? Is it your least?
What’s the movie’s best line?
How does “Juno” measure up to recent teenage quirk like “Rushmore,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Superbad?”
How great is this City Pages interview?
And what do you think about this argument about “low-hanging fruit?”