I finally got around to seeing Juno. A sweet movie with a delightful title character. As suggested in the trailer, the movie portrays a positive, warm father-daughter relationship. Well, as warm a relationship as is possible between a crusty 50-year-old guy and his jaded, smart alecky 16-year-old daughter. A nice change of pace from the standard dad-is-a-clueless-lout that seems to dominate movies and television.
That framed note on the nursery wall -- very nice touch. Caught me by surprise, and caused a little swelling in the old tear ducts.
Screenwriter Diablo Cody is sort of media royalty in the Twin Cities. Her rise from humble blogger to Hollywood screenwriter has been covered by nearly all the media outlets in town. I think I started following her back when she was pop-culture critic for City Pages.
I figured she'd make a cameo, so I kept looking for a crowd scene where Reitman might give her a little face time. I think I spotted her, but I'm not certain. Hoping that I could confirm my hunch with a Google search, I came up empty. Well, almost. Searching for "Juno," "Diablo Cody," and "cameo," I learned that the hamburger phone used by the title character is from Cody's kitsch collection.
Close, but no cigar. Speaking of tobacco related products, Ellen Page looks supremely cute with that pipe dangling from her lips.
So where do I think Cody shows up? On Mark Loring's computer (Mark is Jason Bateman's character). Little photo on the upper left side of the screen. Cody and a dog, taken from her blog, if my not-exactly-photographic memory is serving me well.