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Juno proving surprise TIFF gem

Globe and Mail Update

Michael Cera, repeatedly introduced as by fellow cast members as “the pride of Brampton Ontario,” seemed in fine form at the Saturday morning press conference for his new movie Juno. True to ethereal form, he did not say much, but sat slouched and starry-eyed and let his fellow cast members, including Allison Janney and Ellen Page, do the talking. The film, described sarcastically by its writer Diablo Cody as “an all-American comedy about the scourge of teenage pregnancy,” is proving to b one of this year's surprise festival gems.

Director Jason Reitman, son of Ivan, made his TIFF debut with Thank You For Smoking, a black comedy about executives at a tobacco company.

In describing his immediate attraction to the similarly darkly comic Juno, Reitman explained that the film resonated with him at a time when he himself was becoming a father for the first time.

“My daughter is the daughter of a director and the granddaughter of a director so she'll probably be very screwed up,” he said. “She'll be pregnant by the time she's twelve.”

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