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Angela Chase: "When You Call Someone's Name, Like, Kind Of Loud And They Don't Hear You, It Makes You Feel Really Lonely."

Juno was released on DVD today, and as FourFour's Rich brilliantly points out, teenage heroine Angela Chase of My So-Called Life is the anti-Juno. While Juno reveled in her own quirkiness and established individuality — something that is rare, if not nonexistent among teens — Angela dealt with the desperation of "fitting in" and over-thinking every situation in an attempt to try to figure out who the hell she was. Her efforts led to introspective voiceovers that are as hilarious as they are wise: "I thought at least by age 15, I would have a love life. But I don't even have a like life" and "The thought that I might be seeing Jordan Catalano in a few hours was, like, impossible to comprehend. Like when they first tell you about infinity." "It's so weird that teachers actually, like, live places." Clip above.

The Anti-Juno [FourFour]


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@beatrice3000: Shut up! I was just about to talk about how similar Prep is to My So-Called Life. I love both, just because they're both so cringe-inducing and wonderful.

I was just outside the target demo for this show when it aired—I was in 5th/6th grade, I believe—but I was in middle school when MTV picked it up and aired the reruns all the time, and I am so thankful my dad chose that time to get cable. It really helped me through a lot, even though some of it was still a little beyond me at the time.

If I have a daughter, I'm making her watch this show on DVD Clockwork-Orange style once she hits puberty. I'll probably make her read Prep too. Just so that she's knows that she's totally normal and everything's going to be fine.