Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Diablo Cody
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons
Music: Matt Messina; lots of non-original music
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Actress (Page); formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a teenage hipster gets pregnant
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), July 2008
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent).
Objective Rating: 4/10 (gets points for characters, dialog, pacing and acting) c. 2.5/4 (Okay).
Meh. I liked the ending, but didn’t have all that much fun getting there. The story is fine, but nothing notable. It isn’t funny (except for Michael Cera). The soundtrack is great, but completely wrong for the movie. A minor point of grievance that I can’t keep to myself: I don’t care how into retro stuff you are, if you weren’t alive in the 80’s, you don’t know or care what a “Thunder Cat” is.