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JUNO stars Ellen Page as the title character, a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Cera). With the help of her hot best friend Leah (Thirlby), Juno finds her unborn child a "perfect" set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa (Bateman and Garner), longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents (Simmons and Janney) as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.
Somewhere between the sharp satire of Election and the rich human comedy of You Can Count On Me lies Juno, a sardonic but ultimately compassionate story of a pregnant teenage girl who wants to give her baby up for adoption. Social misfit Juno (Ellen Page, Hard Candy, X-Men: The Last Stand) protects herself with a caustic wit, but when she gets pregnant by her friend Paulie (Michael Cera, Superbad), Juno finds herself unwilling to terminate the pregnancy. When she chooses a couple who place a classified ad looking to adopt, Juno gets drawn further into their lives than she anticipated. But Juno is much more than its plot; the stylized dialogue (by screenwriter Diablo Cody) seems forced at first, but soon creates a richly textured world, greatly aided by superb performances by Page, Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman as the prospective parents, and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) and Allison Janney as Juno's father and stepmother. Director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) deftly keeps the movie from slipping into easy, shallow sarcasm or foundering in sentimentality. The result is smarter and funnier than you might expect from the subject matter, and warmer and more touching than you might expect from the cocky attitude. Page's performance is deceptively simple; she never asks the audience to love her, yet she effortlessly carries a movie in which she's in almost every scene. That's star power. --Bret Fetzer
Get to Know Juno's Cast
Ellen Page (Juno MacGuff)
Michael Cera (Paulie Bleeker)
Jennifer Garner (Vanessa Loring)
Jason Bateman (Mark Loring)
Allison Janney (Bren MacGuff)
J.K. Simmons (Mac MacGuff)
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.77:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.55 x 5.34 x 7.46 inches; 2.95 Ounces
- Item model number : 2250687
- Director : Jason Reitman
- Media Format : Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : April 15, 2008
- Actors : Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Brad Van Arragon, Daniel Dubiecki, Jim Miller, John Malkovich, Joseph Drake
- Language : Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Fox Searchlight
- ASIN : B000YABYLA
- Writers : Diablo Cody
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Diablo Cody writes an incredibly balanced script with an intellect and sharp wit for all of the wonderful characters involved in "Juno" (and No, not named after Juneau, Alaska!) Good friends Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) and his sixteen-year-old 'friend' Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) decide while up in his bedroom chilling out to horror movies that it might be a fun idea to make out a little, then, oops, they went way overboard. Now Juno faces pregnancy in her junior year of high school. Having a friend in Leah (Olivia Thirlby) who sticks with her from her hamburger phone call placed to the helpline and going to a place where Juno quickly exits and decides to go full term and adopt out 'the' baby to a 'deserving' couple. The two girls find the Lorings in the PennySaver free newspaper personal ads and strike gold while sitting in a park one day.
"Oh, wicked pic in the PennySaver, by the way. Super classy - not like those people with the fake woods in the background. Honestly who do they think they're fooling"? - Juno
Vanessa Loring (Jennifer Garner) was born to be a mother and is uptight over Juno's care and that of the baby while her husband, Mark (Jason Bateman), is way too laid back and goes on and on over his old rock and roll band days, horror movies and trying to relate to a much too young Juno. Her father Mac MacGuff and second wife Bren support her decision with their equal senses of amazing humor and helpful cynicism - I wonder where Juno gets it from? - at every turn balanced with their obvious love of their daughter. Overall, this movie is crammed with a sarcastic rapport, and words you may think are very quick to catch. Mainly Juno's one-liners and quips are now classic for movie quoting that I hear everywhere and all of the time; from "pork swords" to "the stink eye" to "her house smells like soup", and the many other catch phrases which are also crammed into this super smart script... Bravo to a new type of full season come around in a circle - starting with Juno finding out her "eggo is preggo" in Autumn and going into all the other three. This is an informative and hilarious script that shows that the young people have brains and their vulnerabilities show at the same time. A film well worth your time for its obvious humor that runs over but also its underlying poignancy. There are some real heartfelt moments. I recommend this for the great dialog in the entire brilliant cast and for a fun watch.
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It could be all dark and depressing, but instead it's handled with warmth and humour. The acting is good all round (Page got an Oscar nomination I think), and the story flows well. I would recommend it you think you'd remotely enjoy this sort of thing.
I didn't know what to think of Juno at first and i have to admit when i did buy it it was kept on my desk for ages till I got round to watching it. But once I started to watch it i was pleasantly surprised. It really is such a fun / feel good film.
Yes it has a little bit of sexual references & swearing. But it's ok. it doesn't stick out like it some movies I watch, it fits into the story perfectly.
All in all a very good film.