I’ve made no bones about the fact that I am something of a Diablo Cody fangirl. I loved Juno and Young Adult made my honorable mention list for best of this year.
But a question has been nagging at me lately: Is Diablo Cody some sort of hipster double agent? She certainly traffics in hipster-friendly environments: Her films are loaded with winking pop culture references and her heroines—who at least SEEM to be a stand-in for the screenwriter herself—are snarky and too-smart-for-their-own-good iconoclasts who wear a lot of plaid. And yet, she seems to subvert the hipster ethos at every turn.
We can start with the most obvious example of this: The fact that her eponymous heroine Juno carries her child to term. Many people have noted that abortion isn’t even a real option for Juno—certainly unexpected for such a pragmatic, unsentimental character. Not that pro-choice necessarily equals hipster, but you don’t see a lot of ironic eyewear at a so-called “Pro-Life” rally.
Sticking with that film for a sec: There’s the funny (and brilliant) bait and switch (or should I say Bateman and switch?) (sorry) on Jason Bateman’s Mark. We spend the whole movie thinking that he’s the cool guy...