She came onto the scene with a bang, charming audiences and quickly becoming a sensation. Of course, after the press she got, and buzz that followed, many have grown sick of the snarky teen and her Diablo Cody dialog that often crosses over the line from quirky to tired, but one thing always remains -- the phenomenon that followed the film centers on the fact that it's a wildly enjoyable comedy.
Ellen Page stars as Juno, a young woman who has discovered that she's gotten pregnant from an interlude with Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). After mulling over her options, she decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption -- to the awkwardly yuppie couple Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) and Mark (Jason Bateman). The story is simple, and it's the delivery that gives Juno charm. Within the over-the-top dialog exists real, flawed characters and a lot of heart. This is the sort of film that exists on many levels. For some, it will be utterly perfect as they delight in undone doodles, a melange of cultural references, and a moment in time that wonderfully encapsulates today and yesterday. For most of the rest, it will still be a great and enjoyable comedy because there are so many pieces to the Juno puzzle -- one might not capture you, but another piece is sure to.
There are three DVDs to choose from, and each one ups the ante on the other -- refreshingly, no matter which you pick, you're sure to get a large selection of goodies to watch. On the single disc version, there's a bunch of deleted scenes, a gag reel, gag take, cast & crew jam, and even screen tests. When you add another disc to the mix, there's a digital copy and four featurettes -- about the kids, Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman, and creating the film. Finally, with the Blu-Ray option, you get all of the above features plus two extras from Fox Movie Channel Presents.
Check out Scott's Review, and Kim's | Buy the One-Disc, Two-Disc, Blu-Ray
Lars and the Real Girl
I just can't give this movie enough love. It's probably the only film that I've gone to see expecting one thing that sounds great, getting something completely different, and loving it even more. Lars and the Real Girl is not memorable due to harsh reality, but rather a fantastical reality -- something so very like life ... if a man's much-needed delusion was treated with compassion and respect, and if a town could come together and give this love.
There are equal amounts of drama, comedy, fantasy, reality, delusion, and rationality. The fact that the film can balance all of these makes it special -- you can be charmed by the sweetness, but before it becomes too much, there's a good laugh, a great moment, or a cheer-worthy rant. (For more on the film, check out last Friday's double feature.)
As a big fan of the movie, this DVD is a bit disappointing because there's so much that could have been done with it. However, it's a small film, and this could be all we'll ever get, which makes it worth it. Along with the film, there's an incredibly brief deleted scene, a featurette about making the film, and a tongue-in-cheek extra called "A Real Leading Lady," where everyone talks about Bianca's time on set.
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Other New DVD Releases (April 15)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem, Unrated Edition
Lawrence of Arabia, Collector's Edition
The Bridge on the River Kwai, Collector's Edition