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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Brilliant teen-pregnancy comedy, but iffy for kids.

Movie PG-13 2007 92 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 14+

mixed feelings

It's a good movie, but I have mixed feelings about some of the messages. Yes, it's about a teenager taking responsibility for an unintended pregnancy. But it does 2 things - makes abortion an absolute non-choice, and makes adoption look like an easy feel-good choice. Juno shed some tears at the end as she placed her baby with the adoptive mom, but finally ends up cheerfully going about her old life. I never gave a child for adoption, but I would think that life can never just go back to normal after that. It makes it look too pat, too much the easy and win-win answer for a teenager's unplanned pregnancy, when there are never any easy answers. I would have preferred a more open look at how hard the process is, and how a teenage child heals after going through pregnancy and loss (abortion or adoption) but I bet that would not make as popular a movie.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 18+

What a piece of trash

It’s trash. As a parents of teenagers I can’t believe people considered this a good movie. Everything wrong with society starts here just like Yes, Simon.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24 ):
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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. Sixteen-year-old Juno 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.

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 5, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: April 15, 2008
  • Cast: Elliot Page , Jason Bateman , Michael Cera
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Inclusion Information: Non-Binary actors, Queer actors
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic material, sexual content and language.
  • Last updated: September 18, 2023

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