by Xavier Toby in New Film on Thursday 7 February 2008

Giving teenage pregnancy the Hollywood treatment could have easily resulted in sickly sweet, sentimental rubbish. Instead, a sharp script and excellent lead performances backed up by a stellar supporting cast have produced a film that manages to be both pro-life and liberal. With its honest, insightful and at times hilarious dialogue, along with a simple but compelling plot, Juno is the antidote we needed to Knocked Up. While more popular, Knocked Up occupied a neverland where models sleep with dorks, then screw their careers to raise the bastard offspring, all among a mire of tired jokes and bad acting. All that’s needed now, for balance, is a film where a middle-class, financially-stable married couple chose abortion because, while their situation is ideal and all their friends already have children, they’re just not ready.