When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama.I don’t get what all the fuss was about? Yes, this was engaging but it certainly didn’t rock my world. I think the idea that a first time writer crafted this is really where the hype came in. In this day and age, unfortunately, unwed mother’s in high school are simply not as rare as all that. Her parent’s being as understanding as they were was rare, it felt a bit like a Valley Girl remake, though Deborah never got pregnant, her folks were very “groovy.”
To see Jason Bateman grown up was kind of a shock, I’m sure he’s been all over TV but I’ve missed him as that isn’t my medium of choice. I wasn’t surprised when he and Garner as the happy couple turned out all too quickly to be the couple headed for divorce. Garner has an intensity that is palpable and almost painful to watch. They were clearly a mismatch and then adding Juno into that mix kind of makes you squirm.
Yes, betting there are lessons to be learned here, but more for filmmakers and writers than for the audience in this viewers opinion. I actually kind of wanted this one to get over with, it wasn’t happy, but it wasn’t sad either and I just didn’t love it.