Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pop Culture Minute (Several Months Late)

So, the Renaissance Woman and I finally watched "Juno" last night. We'd both heard lots about it, like how Ellen Page (who is Canadian! Woohoo!) was so amazing, and how lots of people loved it, and also how it was controversial and possibly gave ammunition to the anti-abortion folks and also inaccurate or at least incomplete in its depiction of the adoption process. Oh and also there was an offensive comment about Chinese adoption.

And we came away from it agreeing with about all of that. Ellen Page was completely adorable, as was the boyfriend. And the stepmom rocked, but Allison Janney always rocks. Both the adoptive parents' characters were totally creepy and the adoptive mom barely registered as a character at all, more a paper cutout of a stereotypical depiction of a desperate yuppie adoptive mom. Puhleeze. The Chinese babies remark could've easily been cut without losing anything. And of course they dismiss the whole possibility of open adoption with barely a blink on anyone's part, which is infuriating if you've read, I dunno, even one blog post or one magazine article on the topic in your whole life.

But what really creeped us out were the DVD special features, especially one that was labelled "Gag Take" which was mostly this one actor ranting about how they were making a stupid film with pimply teenage actors. Then the director yells at him. And we were all, like, "huh? Was that real? If it wasn't, what was the gag about? Was there something funny that we missed? Did you think that was funny? I didn't think that was funny. Sheesh."

Did anyone else see that, on the DVD? Because it was weird.

I liked the soundtrack, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was funny, from what I can remember. But I do remember being wierded out by the adoptive mom. She was kind of a non-entity in the movie.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, Moldy Peaches, Moldy Peaches, Moldy Peaches! Best soundtrack in years. And yes, Ellen Page is totally cool and adorable and I want to travel back in time and be that witty and snarky and together at that age. 'Cause I wasn't.


7:33 AM  

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