Craig Kennedy on "Juno"
From Living in Cinema:
You see, your amalgam of quirks meant to signify personality that everyone thinks are so cute don’t work on me anymore. A person is not defined by the fact they listen to Astrud Gilberto or Iggy Pop. Being able to argue the difference between Herschell Gordon Lewis and Dario Argento doesn’t make you a more interesting person. Admit it. These are just things to hide the fact that you’re kind of empty inside. You can’t just put on a Kinks song and have it stand in for genuine emotion. Well, Wes Anderson can, but it works when he does it...Great review, I love the 'break-up letter to Juno' effect. It's good to know that when it comes to Juno, I'm not the only one who has stood up to say that the emperor has no clothes.
It’s also telling that your two most interesting characters, the adopting couple Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner, feel out of place in the world you’ve created. You’ve set them up to be the butt of jokes, but they’re the most real and human of all the people in your movie. The rest of your characters are nothing more than machines built to spout spunky dialogue. This would be ok if you made me laugh more. Unfortunately, you made me chuckle once in awhile, but mostly I just smiled and wondered what everyone around me found so damn funny.
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