September 27, 2008

Refreshing Look at Teenage Pregnancy

A Thoughtful, quirky film that bloomed amid the shoot-em-up blockbusters this year, Juno (12A), is today's feature at the fledgling film club, Mumbles Movies.

This immaculately-conceived and perfectly-delivered comedy introduces Ellen Page, who was Oscar nominated for her portrayal of a 16-year-old mother-to-be who is wise beyond her years, but naive when it comes to romance or the emotional strain of motherhood.

Page is delightful, capturing the maelstrom of emotions of a girl who is forced to grow up fast, and she generates a wonderful rapport with Simmons's father in the film.

Sixteen-year-old Minnesotan high-schooler Juno discovers she is pregnant by her friend Paulie (Michael Cera). At first she intends to have an abortion, but then changes her mind and decides to make a plan for the child's adoption. With the help of her friend Leah, Juno searches the ads in the Pennysaver and finds a likely couple.

But the meeting with the would-be parents doesn't go well, with the prospective adoptive mum full of nerves.

The three eventually form an awkward, warm friendship, with Juno and Mark, the prospective adoptive dad, sharing tastes in music.

But as time unfolds and the pregnancy progresses the adoptive parent's marriage starts to come apart at the seams and Juno struggles with the emotions she feels for her baby's father, Paulie.

The last few frames wring all the emotion out of the story, while staying clear of mawkishness.

The Mumbles Movies fixture will show films on the last Friday of each month.

Tickets pounds4 on the door. Drinks and snacks will be available and you can bring your own wine.

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