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Saturday, January 12, 2008Last night I got to go have some fun. Greg, being the absolutely awesome husband that he is stayed with the kids while I went out with my best friend. It was the first time in nearly a year that we'd had a chance to go out and do anything.
So, we went to dinner, went somewhere else to snag some dessert (note: if you have a BJ's Brewery near you, go eat a Pizookie right now) and then off to a movie. We rounded it out by heading back to her place for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon. I crashed at her place and came back today in time to get the kids fed and down for their naps while Greg went to do some running around.
The point of all this is to tell you to go see the movie we saw last night. My readers are a little off-beat, but smart, so there's a good chance several of you have already seen the preview for Juno. If not, here ya go.
This movie was hands down one of the best movies I've seen in the theatre in years. The writing was great, the music was off-beat and the story was just excellent. Great acting too.
What really struck me though was the audience around us. We saw this in a part of town that gets overrun by teenagers. Generally, I avoid those theatres, but time-wise, it was our best bet yesterday. Of course I rolled my eyes and wondered how much talking we'd have to put up with. I couldn't have been more wrong.
That audience was one of the quietest, most attentive audiences I've ever watched a movie with. You could FEEL these kids getting sucked into this movie and the plot line. They laughed at the right times, you heard sniffles at the right times, and I never head a peep out of anyone.
In fact, during some of the most heartfelt moments, I glanced to my right and saw that the teenage boys next to me were REALLY digesting what was going on on the screen.
Juno is one of those movies that a lot of folks will jump to conclusions on. "Oh no! A pregnant teenager! The horrors!" I found myself wondering "geeze, what message is this going to send to these kids?"
An awesome one. From the scene where Juno goes to get an abortion to her conversation with her parents about being pregnant to her "relationship" with the baby's father...this movie really hit the nail on the head. It passed on great, realistic messages without being preachy.
I can't say enough good things about this movie.
If you watch the preview above and write this off as being one a teen comedy or a sarcastic take on a serious story, you're wrong. This movie has heart.
So if you're looking for a little bit of fun and you can actually take an evening out, put this one on your list. If not, keep an eye out and rent it when it comes due. I doubt you'll regret it.
Labels: Just For Fun