Juno

B-e-a-utiful movie.

Two scenes really stood out in the movie. Juno’s father and step-mother, had been really supportive of her, but still, the family functioned as the typical dysfunctional American family ( as Aishwarya put it, we Indians do not need an appointment to meet our parents and really really rubbed it in!!)

It was really touching, as in the only way he would know, he lets his daughter know about love, and then cutely asserts that he really loves her, for what she is. He may have known the context of why her daughter asked him the particular thing about love, but very nicely, he managed to tell her how much he really loved her.

Juno MacGuff: I’m losing my faith in humanity.
Mac MacGuff: Think you can narrow it down for me?
Juno MacGuff: I guess I wonder sometimes if people ever stay together for good.
Mac MacGuff: You mean like couples?
Juno MacGuff: Yeah, like people in love.
Mac MacGuff: Are you having boy troubles? I gotta be honest; I don’t much approve of dating in your condition, ’cause well… that’s kind of messed up.
Juno MacGuff: Dad, no!
Mac MacGuff: Well, it’s kind of skanky. Isn’t that what you girls call it? Skanky? Skeevy?
Juno MacGuff: Please stop now.
Mac MacGuff: [persisting] Tore up from the floor up?
Juno MacGuff: Dad, it’s not about that. I just need to know if it’s possible for two people to stay happy together forever, or at least for a few years.
Mac MacGuff: It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Now, I may not have the best track record in the world, but I have been with your stepmother for 10 years now and I’m proud to say that we’re very happy.
[Juno nods]
Mac MacGuff: In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.
Juno MacGuff: I sort of already have.
Mac MacGuff: Well, of course! You’re old D-A-D! You know I’ll always be there to love and support you no matter what kind of pickle you’re in… Obviously
[nods to her belly]
Juno MacGuff: I need to go out somewhere just for a little while. I don’t have any homework and I swear I’ll be back by ten.
Mac MacGuff: You were talking about me right?



Juno’s step-mother is not the Cinderella type wicked. She too cared for Juno, but hid it. She never really wanted Juno to feel the same way, nor did Juno ever try. But, towards the end of the movie, when Juno was in labor, she actually asked her step mother, when some relief (spinal whatever) would come. She tried to smart-ass her way out of it, but seeing the pain, she yells out for the spinal whatever to be given to her, and shouts out ‘my-kid’. Her love, again, shown subtly and beautifully.

Amazing movie making

Juno MacGuff: Ow, ow, fuckity-ow! Bren, when do I get that spinal tap thing?
Bren: It’s called a spinal block. And you can’t have it yet, honey. The doctor said you’re not dilated enough.
Juno MacGuff: You mean I have to wait for it to get worse? Why can’t they just give it to me now?
Bren: Well, honey, doctors are sadists who like to play God and watch lesser people scream…
[Juno lets out painful scream, Brenda checks her watch]
Bren: Shit.
[to doctor]
Bren: Hey, can we get my kid the damn spinal tap already?

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  2. #2 by Moi on February 6, 2008 - 6:11 pm

    i have been “wanting” to see this one for some time now…..maybe soon..first we need to find an apartment here…where are you in Mid-west ???….i am sorry for not keeping track..shall check back upon your earlier posts after this 🙂

  3. #3 by kaushik on February 9, 2008 - 12:14 am

    @moi : I am in Madison, WI. Where have u landed up?

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