Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Juno and Diablo

After working at the Times Wednesday night, I walked down to the 24-hour main post office to mail out a book. If I knew I'd be in the same location the next day, I could have waited.

Early Thursday morning, I saw that IFP had a screening that night of "Juno" at the 34th St. AMC Loew's (half a block from the post office) and decided to go. It's been nominated for some Spirit Awards and I'll be voting again this year. I like this theater because there's stadium seating and I've never found the sound too loud.

The movie began with a young girl taking multiple (positive) pregnancy tests and engaging in witty dialogue with the pharmacist. In fact, all the characters were articulate and witty and didn't sound like any people I know. It reminded me of the one episode I watched of "Gilmore Girls" which turned me off with its constant clever banter.

The movie itself was absorbing, sucking you into the dilemma of a pregnant teenager in an unidentifiable town (the credits revealed it was filmed in Vancouver) who decides to give her baby to a yuppie couple. The situations are bittersweet and not entirely predictable.

Afterward, EW's Karen Valby interviewed the screenwriter, 29-year-old Diablo Cody (not her real name). The first thing the author said was that some people criticize the characters as being overly articulate and witty (the Hollywood Reporter called the movie "reveling in dialogue that is artificial yet witty and articulate"), but these actors actually were just that way. I don't know about the actors, but the author certainly was. She talked about being discovered blogging, and writing a book about being an unlikely stripper ("Candy Girl"). I felt way too uncool for the room.

Further research showed that former midwesterner Cody is quite the Hollywood it girl these days, with several projects pending. She was just named one of EW's 50 Smartest People. I bet she gets swag, too.

Yeah, I'm probably jealous even though I'm not a writer and I'm too old to be an it girl.

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