Monday, January 14, 2008

'Juno' Can’t Keep Its Non-Threatening, Oscar-Winning Black Actors Straight




I saw Juno this weekend and found another blooper for those exhaustive “movie mistakes” websites that enjoy triumphantly pointing out things like:

During the breakfast scene in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts is eating a croissant but then a split second later she’s suddenly eating a PANCAKE instead!

At one point Juno (played by Ellen Page) calls her friend and blurts something out before introducing herself.

“Juno?” her friend asks, confused.

"No, it's Morgan Freeman,” Juno retorts. “Do you have any bones that need collecting?"

Except that Denzel Washington -- not Morgan Freeman -- was in The Bone Collector. You’d have thought that someone at the studio would’ve caught this as the film made its way down the pipeline, but apparently I was the only one who On-Demanded it in a moment of desperation because the closest viable alternative was Big Daddy. (The Bone Collector was surprisingly riveting, by the way. You will never feel the same way about the taxi ride home from the airport.)

Anyways. I wish they'd thrown Sidney Poitier into the interchangeable blacktors mix. It would’ve been that much funnier when her friend replied: "Only the one in my pants.”

13 comments:

Lindsay Robertson said...

Okay, I think you're totally right, but just for the sake of argument, maybe the character was getting it wrong rather than the script. Like, maybe they looked it up and saw that it was wrong and just shrugged and said "She would have been 7 or 8 when that obscure movie came out."

Noelle Hancock said...

You think? I can't imagine they got it wrong on purpose. Juno was too smart and culturally savvy. It wouldn't have jived with her character. Wow, that 7 or 8 part made me feel really old. Speaking of, during the movie, we were sitting next to an 8-year-old boy who was there alone. Shudder.

SLynnRo said...

Interesting. I noticed that too. I want to give the writer the benefit of the doubt because it was so excellent, because really, how did no one notice this?

BG5000 said...

If i had a dime for every time i got Kiss the Girls and The Bone Collector confused, i'd have, well, $1.50. But that's in dimes! It is funny that nobody involved caught that, though.

Too Cool for School said...

ha! you did the same thing when you were at Us. You know what I'm talking about. Isaac Cohen. Brian Friedman. Who can keep those jew names straight??? Of course your faux pas was conveniently erased from the anals of Us. Like it never existed. Like Katie Holmes entering the Boston Marathon. Damn that webmaster...

scumbagstyle said...

Eh, I noticed it too, and laughed. I definitely think the character got it wrong, and on purpose. She is super intelligent and culturally savvy, and I think she did it to continue the mistaken identity theme in the conversation. I think it was supposed to go over her friend's head, because Juno totally does that, but it inadvertently went over some in the audience's too. To be honest, it's not because any of us were dumb or anything. I think it's simply a matter of it not being a very good joke, the kind you laugh at just because you're proud of yourself for getting it.

Noelle Hancock said...

I make a lot of mistakes as a blogger (nature of the beast) but I honestly don't know what you're talking about. Who's Brian Friedman?

Av said...

I think that Juno was more likely referring to "Kiss The Girls," a movie in which Morgan Freeman plays a detective who is hunting for a serial killer. The reference to "bone collecting" is an unfortunate coincidence in that it refers to part of the plot of the movie and not to the movie with a similar name. Interestingly, "Kiss The Girls" also stars Ashley Judd and is, in fact, the sequel to "Along Came A Spider" that you confused with "The Bone Collector" in your story.

blahblahblog said...

All "was it a reference to that movie or was it in fact a reference to this other movie" talk aside, that blurb was one of at least 768 annoying blurbs uttered by Juno. If I wanted to sit through two hours of unbelievably inane, and arguably obscure pop culture references and witticisms then I'd have just watched back to back episodes of Will & Grace.
Most overrated pro-life movie ever.

slurredpress said...

I FEEL CHEATED

nonchee said...

A bigger mistake for me was the fact that Juno said her father named her after Zeus' wife! Zeus was married to Hera, Juno was Jupiter's wife...mixed up Greek and Roman gods.

PiMP said...

There are several such mistakes in the movie, like when Juno explains where her name comes from she says Juno(Jouno) comes from Zeuses wife(Zeus is the king of gods in the greek mythology). In fact Jouno is the wife of Jupiter, the king of gods in the roman mythology, hera was Zeuses wife...

This mistakes are put in the film on purpose, so that they show that Juno maybe isn't as smart as she acts like as she always acts so adult and alter and smart but the reality is that she is still just a kid.

falcon36 said...

I think the whole juno thing, being named after zues's wife..the greek/roman gods are interchangable, are they not?