The lasting legacy of "Juno" is that it allowed Jason Reitman to skip over the dreaded 'sophomore' jinx that has killed many a promising director's career (ask John Singleton) and do the excellent "Up In The Air" (in which J.K. Simmons has a small but crucial role). Considering the state of the economy and unemployment years after it was made "UITA" feels like the closest to the old Capra/McCarey Hollywood movies done during the Depression that at least tackled something resembling reality with a realistic-without-falling-into-nihilism attitude. I don't much care for "Juno" but at least I appreciate it as the stepping stone for Reitman's very promising directorial future. Can't wait for "Young Adult" despite (not because) Diablo Cody writing the script. Diablo went on to write/create "United States of Tara" for Spielberg/Showtime (the less said for "Jennifer's Body" the better) and Ellen Page is hit or miss based on the movie/show she's in (she was good in "Super," annoying in those Olympic telecommunications TV spots). Hardly A-list stuff but not exactly slumming it either. Everybody else in "Juno" (Garner, Simmons, Cera, Bateman, etc.) was already set or going places, so this will probably end up being one of those movies that get mentioned about the actors' resumes because it towers, relatively speaking, over everything else they've done. Next time Bateman or Cera is a guest on Leno or Conan I bet the host will mention Juno in his introduction before bringing up "The Switch" or "Youth in Revolt."
Well, at least you've convinced me that the reasons I didn't like this movie are only surface level nonsense, and at best you've convinced me that I secretly like the film and didn't even know it. I guess I have to rewatch and reevaluate.