Juno (2007)

Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

I am a fan of love stories, but they have to have something about them that feels real for me to be a fan. So many romances, or romantic comedies, are flimsy and short on plot and character development, and all too often they rush what little plot there is in a way that leaves me unmoved and disbelieving. Give me flaws, give me obstacles, give me a little heartbreak, but still give me hope, and give me some people I can actually believe in, and root for.

My favorite love stories are not typical. They tend to feature strong, but flawed women, a damn good soundtrack, and a story real enough (even in possible unrealistic settings, see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) that I can see myself within it. Mistakes are okay, they are what make us all who we are, and to me, they are what make most of us all the more beautiful.

Juno is one of those love stories, to me. It is about the love of family in all its forms, of friends, of life partners, and invariably of self. And yes, it is the love story of two young people who in the end think the sun shines out of each other’s asses, even on bad days – what more could you ask for?

All I Want Is You :: Barry Louis Polisar

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