Elliot Page is currently on one of the cooler television shows you can stream these days. But he also has a fantastic movie that’s among the top performers on Hulu this week in the United States. It would be a great time to join a bunch of other folks to revisit Juno which is ranked in the top-10 on the streaming platform.
In Juno, Elliot Page plays the titular character Juno MacGuff, your standard angst-filled teenager who has just been dealt something of a major and life-altering surprise. It turns out that during an experimental sex session with her best friend Paulie (Micheal Cera) she happened to also get a little bit pregnant. The movie follows the twists and turns of what is now tantamount to a life-altering decision on hers and Paulie’s part. While the film is very much a comedy in the sense that there’s a darker set of laughs around this predicament (for lack of a better word) it’s also a bittersweet story about growing up too early.
Much of the film deals with Elliot Page as Juno trying to do the “right thing” when it comes to her baby while also recognizing she’s much too young to responsibly care for a child in her life. Ultimately, she decides to give the baby away and finds a family she thinks would be a suitable place for her unborn child. The young couple is Mark and Vanessa Loring played by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner. What looks like the idyllic couple to take in the baby once it’s born turns out to be a more complicated situation. This furthers along the story of how youth can be lost before you knew it even happened. Here, check out the trailer for Juno:
In addition to Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman, there are a few other notables in the cast including J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney as Juno’s parents. They have fantastic turns in these roles, rounding out the feelings of both disappointment and love that come along with what can happen with these events. Plus there’s Rain Wilson as the snarky pharmacist.
Juno came out in 2007 and was instantly one of the critical darlings of the year. Director Jason Reitman was still relatively new to the scene and had only done Thank You for Smoking at this point. And the script was penned by Diablo Cody marking the film that put the talented writer on the map. It was an accomplishment of a film considering the subject matter of a preteen, unexpected pregnancy. But it turned into a funny film that also struggles with the pieces of the heart and angst that come along with the turmoil. Elliot Page in the lead role is a big reason the movie was able to stay light in all the right moments.
The film is sitting near the top of the critical charts, scoring 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and 81 on Metacritic. It was up for multiple Oscar Awards even earning Cody the win for Best Original Screenplay. Other nominations included Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for Elliot Page. Again, at the time this was one of the most celebrated films of the year with many of the key players making an early mark in Hollywood for their roles. In terms of coming-of-age films, this movie consistently ranks up there with the best of them, telling a heartfelt and difficult story with the right amount of humor and gravity.
Elliot Page isn’t making the angsty, coming-of-age flicks anymore but is starring in one of the better series you’ll find these days on Netflix. He plays Vanya Hargraves on The Umbrella Academy. Through its first two seasons, the show has offered a ton of intrigue around the mysterious and powerful Hargraves family. Season 3 is set to hit the streaming platform later this year.
So the actor is no stranger to having his work being celebrated and watched by the masses. Go and join the other Hulu streamers by checking out Elliot Page in Juno. There’s a certain timelessness to the story that makes it a great film even more than a decade later.