JunoSomewhere between the sharp satire of Election and the rich human comedy of You Can Count On Me lies Juno, a sardonic but ultimately compassionate story of a pregnant teenage girl who wants to give her baby up for adoption. Social misfit Juno (Ellen Page, Hard Candy, X-Men: The Last Stand) protects herself with a caustic wit, but when she gets pregnant by her friend Paulie (Michael Cera, Superbad), Juno finds herself unwilling to terminate the pregnancy. When she chooses a couple who place a classified ad looking to adopt, Juno gets drawn further into their lives... than she anticipated. But Juno is much more than its plot; the stylised dialogue (by screenwriter Diablo Cody) seems forced at first, but soon creates a richly textured world, greatly aided by superb performances by Page, Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman as the prospective parents, and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) and Allison Janney as Juno's father and stepmother. Director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) deftly keeps the movie from slipping into easy, shallow sarcasm or foundering in sentimentality. The result is smarter and funnier than you might expect from the subject matter, and warmer and more touching than you might expect from the cocky attitude. Page's performance is deceptively simple; she never asks the audience to love her, yet she effortlessly carries a movie in which she's in almost every scene. That's star power. -- Bret FetzerWin WinWriter-director Tom McCarthy excels at tales about men who feel isolated from their surroundings. In Win Win, it's Kyle (Alex Shaffer, recalling the young Sean Penn), a teenager who enters the life of New Jersey attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti). Flaherty's journey begins when he represents Kyle's grandfather, Leo (Burt Young), who suffers from dementia. When Flaherty finds out about the substantial fee, he signs up as Leo's guardian, because he's been having trouble paying his bills. He and his wife, Jackie (Amy Ryan), meet Kyle when the kid shows up on his grandfather's doorstep. Kyle's mother (Melanie Lynskey) is in rehab and her boyfriend is abusive, so Kyle wants to live with Leo. Because Mike placed him in a retirement home--against the man's wishes--he agrees to host Kyle for a few weeks, during which Mike learns about his wrestling skills and invites him to join the high-school team he coaches with Stephen (Jeffrey Tambor). His best friend, Terry (Bobby Cannavale), offers to assist the duo to get his mind off his ex (the one plot line that doesn't work). When Kyle's mother shows up to collect her son and cash in on her father's situation, Mike risks losing everything he has gained. Win Win doesn't surprise as much as The Station Agent, which featured Cannavale, or cut as deep as The Visitor, but Giamatti and Ryan make for a believable suburban couple, doing their best to make ends meet in the face of an unsympathetic economy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Win Win Academy Award Nominee Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of lifewhere you can&39;t lose &39;em all When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler Mike&39;s luck turns around in spectacular fashion But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy&39;s family affairs come into play Co-starring Oscar Nominee Amy Ryan and directed by Oscar Nominee Tom McCarthy this touching and funny comedy will leave you cheering Juno Don&39;t miss the outrageously offbeat comedy hit that has everyone talking - and laughing! Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) is a cool confident teenager who takes a nine-month detour into adulthood when she&39;s faced with an unplanned pregnancy - and sets out to find the perfect parents for her baby With the help of her charmingly unassuming boyfriend (Michael Cera) supportive dad (JK Simmons) and no-nonsense stepmom (Allison Janney) Juno sets her sights on an affluent couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) longing to adopt their first child Actors Paul Giamatti Amy Ryan Jeffrey Tambor Bobby Cannavale Burt Young Melanie Lynskey Alex Shaffer Margo Martindale Ellen Page Michael Cera Jennifer Garner Jason Bateman Olivia Thirlby JK Simmons Allison Janney & Rainn Wilson Director Thomas McCarthy & Jason Reitman Certificate 15 years and over Year 2011 ; 2007 Languages English
A double-bill of comedies. In 'Win Win' (2011) Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a high school wrestling coach whose life and team are both going steadily nowhere. When he comes across social misfit and potential star athlete Kyle (Alex Shaffer), he glimpses an opportunity to reverse the fortunes of both the team and his own life. But Mike's somewhat questionable methods are thrown into disarray when the boy's mother (Amy Ryan) makes a dramatic return from rehab. In 'Juno' (2007), when Juno (Ellen Page), a teenager with all the answers, finds out she's pregnant to her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), she soon realises she has to ask for help from family and friends. Luckily, she enlists the help of her best friend, Leah (Olivia Thirlby), in trying to find a couple to adopt her unborn child, while her understanding parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) provide the support she needs to help her through some tough times. When Leah finally uncovers a young, affluent couple, Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), desperate to adopt, it seems the perfect solution, until Juno finds herself having to face some serious adult decisions while trying to figure out her place in the world.