A grating teen's coming-of-age tale

Review C+

December 21, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The deceptively smug teen comedy Juno uses an arsenal of hipper-than-hip verbiage to tell a teeny tiny story about a pregnant, middle-class teenage girl, Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), and the upper-middle-class couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), who agree to adopt her baby.

The movie has been hailed and marketed as this year's Little Miss Sunshine (the promotion seems inseparable from some of the reviews), but it has none of that movie's empathy and comic surprise. Too much of it is like a subpar episode of Freaks and Geeks, padded out to 92 minutes with pseudo-witty dialogue.

Juno (Fox Searchlight) Starring Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated PG-13. Time 92 minutes.

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