Juno was definitely a breath of fresh air after the two gritty films I saw yesterday.
Ellen Page (who will be 21 later this month) virtually sizzled onscreen as she played the quirky 16-year old Juno MacGuff. I loved the fact that screenwriter Diablo Cody chose to create a very likable lead character who refused to take the "easy" way out of a tough situation--teenage pregnancy. When she learned that the baby growing within her body actually had fingernails, the idea of an abortion lost its appeal-of-convenience to the offbeat but very intelligent Juno.
I especially appreciated the fact that, while a heartwarming and entertaining film, Juno delivers some important messages to young women who find themselves in a similar situation. As she worked out (on her own) the details of finding an adoptive family for her baby, Juno demonstrated a major life lesson: problems--especially the big ones--don't have to be reacted to emotionally and destructively; they often can be solved objectively and compassionately. When eggs break, make omelets.
Although I don't think Juno is "numero uno," I believe it's a darn good movie.