Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby
Lesson Learned: The byproduct of not double-bagging your Johnson: fatherly responsibilities, and quite possibly a baby mama who's wittier than you'll ever be.

When director Jason Reitman's warm and snappy Juno first hit theaters, it was an instant buzz-grabber, and eventual award-winner and a massive cultural influence. Years removed from the flick, though, many folks have unfairly turned against it, citing problems with stripper-turned-scribe Diablo Cody's script, which won an Oscar but also crammed in an endless amount of slightly obnoxious slang (“Honest to blog!”). But we're not having that.

OK, so there's a fair amount of dialogue in Juno that sounds nothing like how normal teenage ladies actually talk, but that's a frivolous argument. Aided by Ellen Page's amazingly confident and vulnerable performance, the film presents a high school female who's something other than a bimbo, or a virginal goodie-two-shoes—you know, the school movie genre's go-to characters for girls.

Page's titular firecracker, who unintentionally gets impregnated by Michael Cera and promises her unborn baby to a couple of childless yuppies (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), is a whipsmart fan of gory horror movies who's not afraid to speak her mind. She's also one of the best-written characters of the last decade. You can bet your hamburger phone on that.