|05.22.08||DVD||no notes. just saw it again.|
|10.14.07||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: Austin Film Festival 2007|
So first of all... before I talk about the movie at all, there's really no excuse for this screening starting 45 minutes late. It's the first film in the theater, the special guests were there on time, and security guys were outside like an hour ahead of time telling everyone to take their cameras back to their car. Why they wait till quarter till to even start seating, I have no clue. So thanks to this I missed the next film of the night, so thanks.
Anyway, whining aside, this was really funny. It does kind of fit into the Knocked Up/Superbad grouping but has a much more feminine perspective and point of view. Writer Diablo Cody (afterward in the Q&A she told her story of basically being a blogger in Minnesota and having a LA guy call her up and saying she should write screenplays so she wrote one in two months and sold it pretty quickly. Every wannabe writer in the room (and there were a lot of them) probably cursed her out and fell in love with her simultaneously) wrote a pretty great script (if you buy 16 year old girls being that clever) in a pretty interesting voice. A very-much blogger voice actually. But thankfully the adult characters talk like adults. J.K. Simmons as the dad is great. I also like Allison Janney's stepmother character in that she's actually very nice but Ellen Page rebels against her anyway just because she's 16. Everyone's great in it.
I did find one interesting thing during the Q&A. Apparently everyone hates Jason Bateman's character but I totally didn't. If anything I found Jennifer Garner's character to be less sympathetic but I guess that's because I'm a man and EVIL.
Oh, and Jason Reitman cast Cut Chemist as a chemistry teacher. that alone makes the movie cool to me.
So... I have to go but this is a pretty great movie. I think Reitman's showcasing his intelligent sense of humor just as well as Thank You for Smoking and he's quickly making a name for himself other than being the son of Ivan Reitman. Everyone will see this soon and agree.