DVD Review: Juno

Fox Home Entertainment
2-disc set SRP: $34.98

Director: Jason Reitman

Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Allison Janney, JK Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Rainn Wilson, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner

For those of you not familiar with Juno, it is about a very headstrong, sardonic teenage (Ellen Page) whose only sexual encounter leaves her with one in the oven.

She opts to have the child and give it up for adoption. She locates a couple (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner) that wants a child, but has been unable to conceive one.

While it does not sound like an ideal setting for a comedy, Oscar winner Diablo Cody delivers an outstanding script that, while occasionally feeling as thought it is working too hard to be different, is sensational and feels realistic.

It is hard to believe that this is the same Ellen Page that scared the hell out of me in Hard Candy. But she proves to be an extremely versatile actress as here she smoothly changes gears and tackles the humor of teenage pregnancy.

Normally, the extras are for film geeks, but I would recommend the two-disc set for everyone. The chemistry and talent of the cast is very evident in the extras and, as a result, these are quite fun to watch.

Cody makes the commentary track, which she shares with director Jason Reitman, fun and breezy. The deleted scenes and gag reel are standard fare.

Jeremy Lynch
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