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Even with all the changes roiling the worlds of popular music and film, it doesn’t appear that their symbiotic relationship will end anytime soon. Almost every year brings a new “little indie film that could,” with its attendant soundtrack that catches on. Apparently the rule is the cutesier the better: think of Little Miss Sunshine helping DeVotchKa reach a wider audience, Aimee Mann’s precious creations for the sometimes overly precious Magnolia, or Rushmore introducing a bunch of ’70s gems to a new generation. For 2007, the award goes to the soundtrack for Juno. (Sorry Once, but you were a wholly other, much more serious beast.)

The star of the Juno soundtrack is anti-folk icon and ex-Moldy Peach Kimya Dawson. Her songs serve as a kind of inner monologue for the actual star of the film, the very verbose and witty title character played by breakout Canuck pixie Ellen Page. Dawson’s music shows up in various forms: solo songs like the Bush-berating “Loose Lips”; tracks from the Dawson side project, Antsy Pants, like the frenetic “Vampire”; and the old Moldy Peaches charmer “Anyone Else but You.” Page’s and costar Michael Cera’s abbreviated take on the song closes the soundtrack, as it does the film; even in shortened form, it’s enough to convince us that the two thespians would do best to stick to acting.

Aside from Dawson’s contributions, the soundtrack is a mix of indie staples and studies in Rushmore-esque nostalgia. “Piazza, New York Catcher” and “Expectations” are culled from the Belle and Sebastian back catalog. The latter namedrops the Velvet Underground, and, hey, there’s “I’m Sticking with You,” a song that proves one of the darkest bands in rock history still had a sense of humor. And the Kinks (celebrated on the Rushmore soundtrack) show up here with “A Well Respected Man.”

Far be it from me, especially here in my dwindling word count, to take on a thorough assessment of Juno the film’s strengths and weaknesses. Suffice it to say I found it cute. Denying the movie’s charm is the equivalent of turning down petting a puppy. Same goes for this soundtrack. Dawson’s quirky little ditties have a way of making you forget their faults (i.e., her odd fecal fetish), which in turn helps the whole soundtrack avoid being rote and formulaic.

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Film: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/juno

Keller Williams - 12 Burning Witch Crippled Lucifer

More like refusing to pet a self-aware, stilted, and pretentious puppy. The film had its charms but I'll be damned if anyone really thinks Diablo Cody has the remotest understanding of high school life or, well, human nature.

And I'm goddamn sick of these precious soundtracks.

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i read her book about being a stripper and it wasn't bad but not as good as the hype. i still really want to see Juno though.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

I'm glad I'm not the only person refusing to get on board the Juno bandwagon. It's too crowded. Also, how am I supposed to keep it straight that Jason Bateman and that kid aren't pretend related in this movie?

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I've been hearing plenty of Juno backlash recently but I'm still stickin' behind it. First twenty minutes aside (I was worried after the over-scripted convenience store scene in the beginning and the talking-on-the-hamburger-phone-scene), Juno didn't let its quirk get in the way of its pathos. All you haterz can stuff it.

Actually the Kimya Dawson music was the only part I really hated about Juno. Way too self-consciously lo-fi for my tastes.

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sheeeet -- narfish and i usually read off of the same page. but not in this case it appears. the movie would have been so much better if the didn't beat you over the head with speciously cool references. there really wasn't any real pathos to speak of, just an indie-fied hollywood tale. on the other hand, i really enjoyed the moldy peaches being all up in there. what's happening narfish, i thought i knew you?

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i was out tonight and my two friends said it wasn't all that. i ain't watchin it now.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Yeah we used to drink from the same bottle of Juicy Juice Bradick, but then I started liking good movies and hating bad music. Damn someone got schooled and his name is spelled a-c-b-! with an exclamation point at the end because he's so surprised by how schooled he just got.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/narfish/HeadbangSquare.jpg narfish

"Cute?" Is that what it takes to get a decent review? Boring: The movie and especially the soundtrack. "Cute?" Some puppies are just plain ugly.

jack d

yeah, and some puppies are mean as well. this soundtrack and the review sucks. who writes this stuff. i went to see this movie because i felt i owed it my girlfriend. well now she owes me some meat in movies, music and otherwise. god, this is bad.

Ron

I'm with narfish. I thought the movie was really good... but the only part of the soundtrack that I actually liked was the song Michael and Ellen sang together.

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the whole thing sucks.

chuckd

i still haven't seen it.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

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