Juno

  • Review Date: April 13, 2008
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007

Common Sense Media says

Brilliant teen pregnancy comedy, but iffy for kids.
  • Review Date: April 13, 2008
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teens engage in premarital sex and don't appear to treat their virginity very seriously. Serious issues, such as abortion, are treated with irreverence. But little of it feels disrespectful; rather, it appears to reflect a general sense of hyperawareness among today's teens. Despite her jaded exterior, Juno is intelligent, resilient, and resourceful, and ultimately acts out of concern and love.

Violence

Nothing but verbal sparring.

Sex

Plenty of talk -- this is, after all, a movie about a teenager who gets pregnant -- but little is seen onscreen. There are flashes of a 16-year-old's bare legs and hints that she and her partner have removed their underwear, but there's no real nudity (though the boy takes his shirt off, the girl keeps hers on). Words like "humping" are bandied about to discuss hookups, some of which are described as "magnificent." A young couple kisses tenderly.

Language

Strong for a PG-13. Language is both colorful (lots of variations on the words "s--t," as well as uses of "a--hole," "bastard," and "dick") and creative ("f--ketty"). Juno flashes the finger once.

Consumerism

Juno drinks from a bottle of Sunny D (label clearly visible); mentions of Smirnoff Ice, Boons, Adderall, Sonic Youth, Pellegrino, and Vitamin water. Much swooning over guitar brands like Les Paul and Fender.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Discussion of both drinking and taking drugs, but no glimpses of actual use of either. Juno mentions selling her Adderall (an ADD drug).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-written, warmhearted comedy tackles a very serious subject: teen pregnancy. It has real bite, as well as frank sex talk and some swearing, which makes it iffy for younger viewers. But there's plenty here to appeal to older teens -- not the least of which is Superbad's Michael Cera, who co-stars. Unlike a lot of teen-centric Hollywood fare, the film doesn't condescend. Even its treatment of teen pregnancy, which may appear cavalier at first, comes across as sensitive and mature in the end.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

JUNO's 16-year-old protagonist, Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), is a handful: She's mouthy and opinionated, disdains authority, thinks she knows everything, pops ADD drug Adderall, and has casual sex. And if she has to take on pregnancy to complete her journey into adulthood, then so be it. After a tryst with best friend Paulie (Michael Cera) gets her knocked up, Juno weighs her options and decides to have the baby -- not so she can keep it, but so she can make another couple happy. Picking the right candidates doesn't take too long; she finds Yuppie pair Mark and Vanessa Loring's (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) ad in the PennySaver. After one visit, she's convinced they're the perfect grown-ups. But while Juno wrestles with how she truly feels about the experience and -- equally importantly -- about Paulie, it's clear that the adults she thinks have it all figured out may be just as lost as she is.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

How do I love thee, Juno? Let me count the ways. For starters, your 16-year-old protagonist is a mouthy handful, yet she's also smart and soulful, warm and witty, and she actively searches for answers -- which makes her a refreshing character amid many other movies' disinterested, disaffected teens. She's cut from Gilmore Girls cloth, older than her years but still unsure of her direction. The beauty of the movie is how relationships that initially seem clear-cut -- Juno and her parents, Juno and Vanessa, Juno and Mark, Mark and Vanessa and, finally, Juno and Paulie -- grow more complex and, as a result, more fascinating. For all her bravado, it's soon apparent that Juno really is still a kid when she tells her father, "I don't really know what kind of girl I am." She's been so distant and sardonic -- she says things like "I'm a legend. They call me the cautionary whale" -- that when she breaks down, it's all the more moving.

Credit Page for her pitch-perfect performance as a maverick teen who's so unlike many of her peers and yet very much like them, too. And the rest of the cast is also strong. Jason Bateman is stupendous, and in fact, everyone appears to be on their best game. Screenwriter Diablo Cody's dialogue snaps and scores; her people sound and feel real but are infinitely more interesting than we are. The only quibble, and it's a small one, may be that Juno sometimes feels self-consciously cool. But if that's all there is to offend, then may moviegoers have more "offensive" films like this in their future.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about teen sex and pregnancy. Can you think of other movies and TV shows that have tackled these subjects? How does this film approach the topics differently? Does Juno's journey seem realistic? What about how she handles her situation? Do you think things would be likely to work out similarly in real life? What are your family's beliefs about teen sex? Are teens and parents in agreement or not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 5, 2007
DVD release date:April 15, 2008
Cast:Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera
Director:Jason Reitman
Studio:Fox Searchlight
Genre:Comedy
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature thematic material, sexual content and language.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byPeanutButterAndKelly February 23, 2009
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14
QUALITY
 

Really Great Movie, 14+

I saw this when i was nearly 14, when it first came out, and it's a really great teen movie, with sarcastic humor from the protagonists, but mature in how it all works out in the end, and how the main character, 16-year-old pregnant Juno, grows up. It basically deals with Juno and how she deals with her unplanned pregnancy, and the relationships around her. However, i wouold not recommend anyone under the age of 13 watching this movie, at all. For parents who sadly let their kids watch such movies like Superbad at age 8, than of course they will let them see this, to "learn form the mistakes the actor make." My parents themselves are not that strict on movies, but they are sensible enough, and while i watched this with my mother, she wouldn't let my younger sibling, age 11, watch it. It is a fine movie for teens, but any younger i strognly don't reccommend. There is a lot of thematical material and frank dialogue present throughout the film, as it is not just one where you can simply "fast-foward the bad parts or sex scenes and let my child watch the rest." A young girl gets pregnant and ends up having to deal with it all, and here are the reasons why it really is only a TEEN movie: the girl has sex with her best guy friend and gets pregnant. There is not much shone besides bare limbs, however you clearly know damn right what's going on, and the positions the teenagers are taking, and you can easily create a mental image; at the abortion center, Juno goes in and speaks to the girl behind the counter (also a teenager, but late-teens, dressed in gothic clothing), where the girl procedes to hand Juno a blueberry scented condom and talks about how it makes her boyfriend's ball smell like pie. Juno refers to it later to her friend as "pie-balls"; her friend Leah is into older male teachers, and she and Juno openly speak about sex and make sexual comments a lot throughout the movie, mostly in humor, and at one point Juno has a voice-over where she thinks about boys' "things" jumping up and down when they run, and you see a closeup of the runners in small yello shorts, with the penis clearly bouncing; Juno is half-way involved in a romantic relationship with the married man who she is to give her baby to. this is probably the most iffy, besides the pregnancy deal, as she slow-dances with him and there are moments when you can tell something not-appropriate is going on. They never kiss or admit or do anything sexual, however this is pointed out as innapropriate by the stepmom of Juno, and the man confieds in Juno that he decides to leave his wife. Lastly, there is a scene when Juno has her baby in the hospital, and you see the baby (the nurse is holding him/her after she came out, nothing of the actual birth is shown)and he/she is bloody with some slimy, blue-purple-red gunk. It is a little intense, though not too bad. Profanity is a little more intense than standard, but honestly, if you don't mind language like my parents don't, i wouldn't worry about this. All in all, great movie for a teen, preferably 14+ though mature 13 year olds are fine, but i most definitely would not reccommend it to anyone younger. My younger sister is 11 and begging to see the film, but my parents are holding strong on this one; she will not be allowed to see it until she turns 14. Great movie, it really is, but here is more in-depth than sights detailing only the facts. Check out kids-in-mind and click on Juno for exact descriptions of factual violence and sexual content and profanity. 4 out of 5 stars.

Kid, 12 years old Written bygir8 April 5, 2011
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11
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A Strong, Excellent, Movie

I think that Juno was one of the most strongest movies about a situation where a girl gets pregnent. Lots of strong language but a very good movie.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old Written byLols99 November 2, 2009
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13
QUALITY
 

Great for teens.

Although this sounds unappropriate, but i was 9 when i first saw this movie, on the t.v. on a plane, and it probably wasn't suitable at the time but as soon as i saw it
it became my favourite movie ever and it still is!
Fantastic!!!

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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