Its hard to like a movie that was written by someone who would name herself Diablo Cody, but in spite of the preciousness that implies, Juno
manages to be one of the best films of the year. Ellen Page (Hard Candy
) stars as Juno, a supernaturally hip teenager whowhen she isnt talking about how great 70s punk rock was, or perfectly zinging the football players and cheerleaders, or generally acting as a stand-in for any nerd-girl who wishes shed had the verbal skills of Christopher Hitchens when she was still covered in pimples and pubescent shamesomehow manages to get pregnant. Page shines in the lead, despite the fact that shes the least believable of the characters. Her supporting cast members, including future comedy superstar andno doubtfrequent future rehab visitor Michael Cera, are amazing, but what makes Juno
work is the script, which delivers an endless series of razor-sharp lines. Its odd to see a film do comedy in a way that builds character and advances plot, but Diablo Cody somehow manages it. Now, if only someone would tell her that stripper names are not only no longer cool; they were never cool to begin with.