Sunday, January 06, 2008

Because I’m Made Out of Glue

Three thoughts upon seeing Juno for the second time:
  • I’m amused by the reason that Paulie Bleeker gives for not wanting to date Katrina de Voort: that not only does she smell like soup but that her entire house smells like soup. It reminded me of a middle school fixation-turned-current day guilty pleasure, So I Married an Axe Murderer, in which Mike Myers’s character explains that he dumped a girl because she reeked of soup. “Soup whiff,” I believe the description was.
  • I can’t help but wonder if Juno’s father’s protestations that he’s “too old to be a Pop Pop” is a references to Arrested Development, given that show’s constant callbacks to jokes and the presence of both Jason Bateman and Michael Cera in the film. On Arrested, the grandkids’ nickname for George Sr. was “Pop Pop,” although the term was frequently mistaken as a euphemism for sex. Of course, for all I know, “Pop Pop” could be a pretty standard name for Grandpa.
  • The role of the girl who works the front desk at Women Now is played by Emily Perkins, who is most familiar to me as being one of the two central sisters in the werewolf-themed Ginger Snaps movies. (She doesn’t play Ginger, but her sister Brigitte.) Anyway, her past role is notable in the context of Juno because both star Ellen Page and co-star Olivia Thirlby are set to appear in an upcoming film titled Jack and Diane, in which the two will play friends who share a single night of passion before one — Diane, played by Page — turns into a werewolf. Strange, that.

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