Click on this link to Moviefone, and put in your zip code. There. Now you have no excuse to not go see this movie. Do it. Now!

But for those of you who might need a little more convincing…

Juno is the story of a high-school girl who finds herself in the family way. She finds a couple looking to adopt through the local want ads, and the movie is based around her relationship with that couple, with her family and friends, and with the birthfather. The tone of the movie is much like the main character – brash, funny, cocky, quirky, sweet and full of heart. Juno is instantly likable, and she carries the movie very well.

People outside the adoption process might be surprised by the idea of ads for parents being in the classifieds, but that is very much a thing that happens. Betsy and I decided pretty early that we weren’t cut out for that, and the movie does a good job of showing the awkwardness involved in a “private adoption” (one not facilitated by an agency, but instead handled by personal advertising and a lawyer for legal council). The initial meeting between Juno and the adoptive couple is suitably awkward and painful, and it made me all the more thankful that we’ll have some pre-screening and some assistance in place when it’s time for us to have that meeting.

Without giving away too much from the movie, the adoptive couple definitely has some issues of their own to work through in relation to the adoption. While the issue they face plays into a stereotype that’s a personal pet peeve of mine, I didn’t really mind – the movie is not trying to present archetypes of the adoption process or to educate viewers about how the process works, but just trying to concentrate on the personalities in the story and on their individual quirks and failings.

I should give the disclaimer that the movie is PG-13, and that rating comes from some pretty explicit talk. The movie is about a sexually active high schooler with a fiercely independent streak, and while the language is pretty true to my memories of high school cafeteria talk, it’s not something to take the kids or your priest to.

I should also warn you that there’s a really sad scene in the middle of the movie – at least, it was sad for me. In the middle of a conversation with the adoptive father, Juno says something mean about Sonic Youth, and, well, I’m not ashamed to admit that I teared up a little bit. I just closed my eyes and promised myself that I’d listen to Daydream Nation when I got home to help remind myself how totally awesome they are, no matter what the mean people say in the movie.

The theater got a bit dusty at other times (for non-music reasons) and I had to clear my eyes on a couple of occasions. However, I think that that was primarily because I could see myself or Betsy in the roles of the adoptive parents, and I was getting sneak previews of the tear bonanza that our adoption will inevitably be. It’s really not a tear-jerker of a movie, though, and I appreciated that it handled a very sad and difficult process without being emotionally manipulative.

In summary: Best movie I’ve seen so far this year, and probably the best way to give people outside the process a sense of what the birthmother is going through during an adoption.  Language gets rather salty at times, but by the time the second act rolls around, a lot of the sarcastic defense mechanisms have dropped and it’s a really heartfelt movie.