I read this mini movie review on Defective Yeti and felt the need to reprint it on my blog (which some might remember used to house a great number of movie reviews from yours truly, but I digress) because I think it accurately reflects both my view of the film and that of the many people I’m now talking to who have just seen it because it was recently released on DVD:
“Aww, why the hate? Yes, it was aggressively quirky, but I still liked it twice as much as Little Miss Sunshine, to which it was often compared. I mean, at least this film was about a real issue (teen pregnancy), instead of a bunch of dilemmas as zanyfied as the characters themselves (I can’t be a pilot because I’m color-blind, waaa!). I guess this is one of these deals where hipsters liked it when it was largely unknown, but then when it got popular and started winning things they decided it must actually suck (see also: Barak Obama).”
I know, Matthew, like totally! Almost everyone I talk to lately hated Juno, to which I too ask: “Why all the hate?” Beyond the unbearably quirky dialogue (seriously, never mind real people–do people in movies even talk like this?) Juno was a movie actually about something with something real to say, a movie that pro-lifers and pro-choicers could both love equally. It had heart and joy and was fun to watch. And everyone hates it. And yet Little Miss Sunshine, a cookie-cutter cliche of the “indie comedy” if I’ve ever seen one, THAT people love. That right there is the root cause of why we had to suffer through 8 years of Bush, people.
Yeah, that’s right. I said it. Deal with it.