Absolutely no Reds-related content here, but I wanted to recommend a great movie to you: Juno. We saw it yesterday afternoon, and it’s just a brilliant film. Well-written, quirky, and if Ellen Page doesn’t win a Best Actress Oscar, it will be a travesty.

Four and a half stars out of five.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. Took my wife on Saturday and was very surprised at how much I liked the film

  2. You are spot on with that one Chad, its a really good movie.

  3. My wife and I saw it on Saturday, also. I really enjoyed it, but it was a little cloying and twee, in a Wes Anderson kind of way. I could’ve done without the wristbands and short-shorts on George Michael, for example. (And how can you have a movie with Bateman and Cera and not give them a scene together?)

    But Page, Allison Janney (of Dayton!) and Vern Schillinger were fantastic.

  4. Aaah, Chris, I made a similar Wes Anderson connection, and noted it to my wife immediately after we saw the film. Of course, Anderson is a genius — he’s my favorite director, by far — so any similarity to an Anderson film is high praise in my mind.

  5. I thought the dialogue was a bit too “look how smart we are.” Page was good, but do you really think a 16 year old girl talks like that?

  6. Roger Ebert looked at that same issue, Andrew: “Movie characters don’t talk like real people. If they did, they’d drive us nuts.”

    I tend to agree with him on most points, including this one.

  7. But then again Roger Ebert loved the movie. At first I didn’t like it because of the cutsey dialogue and the godawful, precious “folk” music, but then I realized that my wife and I spend HOURS discussing it, so when a movie can do that, it’s darn good. But that music, ARRRGGGHHHHH.

  8. I liked the music

  9. Well, I liked to rock music that was there (“All the Young Dudes,” etc.) but that “I love you / you love me / let’s get married / start a family” type of music? Oh man, all I could think about was where was John Belushi when we need him?

  10. Thank you gmartinz

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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