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saw this. bad movie. bad bad bad.

homosexual II, Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

but where are the screenwriters who want publicity?

remy bean, Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

I just saw it. First third is in overdrive establishing what a firecracker Juno is, but after the movie settles in, it improves.

The dialogue is way overwritten and everybody talks like uber-hip robots instead of like people but Michael Cera actually comes out human. It was interesting how we sided with the male yuppie at first and the woman seemed obsessive and anal until it switches and we come to see that she really wants this kid and the guy is a selfish prick.

The soundtrack is oppresively twee however. It's worth seeing and kind of enjoyable but nothing specatcular.

filthy dylan, Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

If the director had been a hipster stripper, I'm sure he'd get more of the press work.

milo z, Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

a Stripster?

latebloomer, Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Though the opening few minutes make it seem like it will the the MOST of those kinds of movies."

OTM, I was cringing for the first dozen or so minutes. Anyway I was bugged by all the usual things I am bugged by (overuse of soundtrack nonsense, cute-sy little credits, dialogue so snappy that it hurts your ears, and an overabundance of twee nonsense that even Miranda July might have thought better of filming) BUT to this movie's credit it's a lot better than most films of this ilk (esp. acting-wise) and a couple of affecting and funny moments manage to sneak in (possibly by accident.) I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but you could do a lot worse.

Alex in SF, Monday, 24 December 2007 17:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

The way Reitman primes the audience to laugh at Jennifer Garner's anal-ness, then shows how it's a symptom of her shyness and insecurity, is really well done.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 24 December 2007 18:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

i cant believe how much kimya dawson they crammed into this bullshit

bell_labs, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 05:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh lord did this movie stink.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 06:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

I liked Michael Cera ("Actually I try really hard," was the best line in the whole movie.)

I liked certain moments, but overall the whole thing felt like a hipped-up afterschool special or Christian teen flick, and it gave me the same nagging sense of distrust.

I could not stand the main character.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 06:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

I went in fully prepared to hate every second of this movie, especially after seeing it chopped and parsed here and other places. AND considering I generally have a strong distate of the precious indie film genre already. So imagine my surprise at not only laughing through the whole thing, but finding it totally charming and kind of touching in spots. The first 15 minutes, as noted above, don't seem nearly as bad once you've moved past them in the story and can look back and see how they set up the "world" in which the movie exists.

The only real complaint was the copious amounts of music, especially the Kimya/Moldy Peaches content. Can't a movie like this have a score instead of a indie fuX0r soundtrack, fer chrissakes?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 07:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

ugh

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 07:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

is this like thumbsucker?

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 26 December 2007 07:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

I made it less than 10 minutes into Thumbsucker before I put it back in its Netflix envelope, so...no.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 08:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

hey guys i don't want to see this

strgn, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 08:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

me too. also i liked thumbsucker.

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 26 December 2007 08:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's better than Thumbsucker, but that's not much of an accomplishment really.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 14:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

I liked Michael Cera ("Actually I try really hard," was the best line in the whole movie.)

I could not stand the main character.

these are both v. OTM
and they give away that michael cera line in the commercials!

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 14:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

i cant believe how much kimya dawson they crammed into this bullshit

-- bell_labs, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 05:44 (Yesterday) Link

holy shit so otm. so now i know what i've been uh, missing? fuck me. so, so bad.

anyway... so many hate-able things about this movie, quite a coup that I came away somehow kinda liking it. as noted above, some genuinely touching & funny scenes. also, props for not turning Bateman (or Garner, for that matter) into a monster.

will, Thursday, 27 December 2007 05:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

that sonic youth record is just noise

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 December 2007 06:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

went to see this last night at v. popular movie theatre and it was sold out!! that must be a good sign...

J0rdan S., Thursday, 27 December 2007 07:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

saw this on friday because my mom wanted to go for her b-day, and surprisingly, i didn't really hate it. lots of cringey things in it (way too much music and embarassing music references, pretty easy to see where the plot was going), but made up for with strong performances all around

during the opening credits, the song reminded me of barry louis polisar, this guy who made offbeat kid's music and who played at my elementary school in maryland, made me wonder what he was up to these days. yesterday i look up the soundtrack and i see the song was by polisar after all. today i look up his website and he's still going strong, playing in the maryland area and putting out kid's albums. i can still recite many of his songs from memory, i might need to buy a couple of his cds

n/a, Monday, 31 December 2007 15:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

The director and writer deserve a dart in the ass for the "All babies want to get borned" scene alone.

Hurting 2, Monday, 31 December 2007 15:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

I agree. That's not a good sequence.

Alex in SF, Monday, 31 December 2007 15:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

This movie is the most redeemed movie ever, judging by how many people (myself included) have gone the "I liked it better, I should have hated this" route.

Eric H., Monday, 31 December 2007 15:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'm firmly in the "I mostly hated it, I should have liked it better" camp.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 31 December 2007 15:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I am in the camp that expected to hate this more than Garden State and Little Miss Sunshine combined, so I should hardly be surprised I didn't.

Eric H., Monday, 31 December 2007 15:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh i definitely liked it more than garden state and little miss sunshine

n/a, Monday, 31 December 2007 16:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

also michael cera was very good and more of a presence than i expected after jaymc's comments upthread

n/a, Monday, 31 December 2007 16:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah I would watch this again whereas GS & LMS not so much. Not that I necessarily hated the other two, just, you know... whatever.

will, Monday, 31 December 2007 16:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

The cutesy-folksy-Wes Andersony soundtrack = bleccch

Joe, Monday, 7 January 2008 17:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

Watching it a second time I realized ... the last entire 15 minutes of the movie is one big montage set to those shitty songs. There are, like, five in a row.

Eric H., Monday, 7 January 2008 17:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

If you watch it a third time, you'll realize that the entire 90 minutes is one long montage of moldy peaches.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 7 January 2008 17:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

after pro-deregulation corporatism diguised as satire thank u for smoking and pro-life disguised as indie flick juno what right wing position will jason reitman make hip in his next movie?

and what, Monday, 7 January 2008 17:56 (6 years ago) Permalink


"i have to tell you something... the surge is working!"

and what, Monday, 7 January 2008 17:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

pro-life disguised as indie flick

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 7 January 2008 17:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

citizen ruth was not pro-life

and what, Monday, 7 January 2008 17:58 (6 years ago) Permalink


"all it takes is tamper-proof id cards"

J0rdan S., Monday, 7 January 2008 18:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

citizen ruth was not pro-life

Or pro-choice.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

or pro-abortion

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

(to coin a phrase)

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:08 (6 years ago) Permalink


colonia decuma corrigo... it's latin for "estate tax reform"

and what, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

There are, like, five in a row.

Are "those shitty songs" all by the Moldy Peaches? cuz they're one of the few bands of the last 10 years worth loving.

Then again, I can't tell "Nasty" from all those interchangeable Prince proteges' hits.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

Janet's "Nasty" or Vanity 6's "Vanity"?

The Velvets' "I'm Sticking With You" is in there somewhere, sounding arch and coy in this company.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Moldy Peaches and Spielberg. You pick the weirdest shit to love.

milo z, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

I hope they score his Lincoln movie

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

Wait, I'd assumed the songs were all Kimya Dawson. Are some of them Moldy Peaches? (Not a genre connoisseur obv.)

I dunno, if "pro-life" = "opposed to abortion being legal," I'm not sure the movie takes this stance per se.

Sundar, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

citizen ruth was not pro-life

Or pro-choice.

-- Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, January 7, 2008 6:07 PM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

uh?

it really is.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think by treating it as a non-viable option you're chipping away at support for it, but i havent seen the film

thank you for smoking pissed me off more than any movie ive seen maybe ever, and took a similar aw-shucks stance - 'yeah smoking kills but itd be pretty gay to try and regulate it!'

and what, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

That's what you get making a movie based on a Christopher Buckley novel.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 January 2008 18:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

i hadn't put it together that she's played a love interest of M Cera and J Eisenberg; gotta be a joke in there

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 February 2014 04:58 (5 months ago) Permalink


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