The issue with having a genre specific column is that you can’t really break out and review great movies of different types. So, because I just started a new job and I didn’t get to watch anything new I decided it was about time I laid down the law and told you guys about some of the good movies your missing out on in different genres. After all, variety is the spice of life, and let’s be honest, it’s not like you were going to do anything this weekend anyways.
The original 2000s quirky teen comedy that launched Michael Cera’s career may seem like a desperate attempt be Hollywood corporate executives to be hip and tap into the teenage audience (and it was) but it treated its audience with respect. It never preaches at us not to get pregnant, or shames Juno for her choice – if anything it makes the assholes who belittle her and mock her for it seem like the villains. Juno herself deals with lots of big emotions and issues, ranging from fear, loss, loneliness, self-pity, anger – not just sobbing in a corner the entire time. Not to mention she takes the falling apart of the adoptive parents’ marriage very close to know, showing her own insecurities and her fear for the life of this child. She didn’t just decide to give the baby away, she genuinely cared and felt responsible for him. It didn’t make anyone want to be pregnant (well at least not most people) but it did make us believe that strength and heart are what you need to get through a tough situation. Well that, and a burger phone. Damn I wanted that burger phone.
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