For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit.
As the symbolically named Lamb,
Among the three main characters, Spencer, who dons a red boa to croon Radiohead songs for booing drunks, comes closest to creating a full-blooded character. In the much smaller role of Lamb's mother, Holly Hunter provides a nuanced performance, while
Cody inserts a few successful visual jokes in the movie's early scenes, but much of its humor is on the order of condescending swipes at sheltered Christians. Relying on dialogue — and extensive voiceover — to explain how everyone feels, Lamb's adventures with her Red Queen and
"Paradise." Rated PG-13 for sexual material,