A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the quirky, sardonic tone of the movie Juno is accurately and sincerely translated onto the film's soundtrack. Less loaded than the movie's main plot of teen pregnancy, these classic and indie rock tunes tackle issues such as love, friendship, and coming of age in an original, lighthearted, and intelligent manner.
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What's the story?
The movie Juno is quirky and irreverent and all that teen angst, sarcasm, and sentimentality is packed perfectly into the movie's soundtrack. Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, who provides six of the 19 tracks on the album, is a deceptively sweet singer whose lyrics have an intellectual bite to them. "You're so nice and you're so smart/you're such a good friend/I have to break your heart." Just as the film has done, the JUNO SOUNDTRACK transcends the clichéd plot of teen pregnancy and moves into much more nuanced and subtle terrain.
Is it any good?
Full of retro singles like "All the Young Dudes" from the '70s band Mott the Hoople, and anti-folk tracks such as the Moldy Peaches' "Anyone Else But You," the album is off-beat and fun. At first, many of the tracks appear to have an innocent folksy feel to them; however, listeners, especially teens, will appreciate the emotional depth of the soundtrack.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's message about teen pregnancy. Does the way Juno deals with her situation seem real? Why, or why not? What does your family think about teens having sex? Families can also talk about the unique mix of artists on the soundtrack. How do the songs from 20 and 30 years ago stand up to those created today? How do they all relate to the same themes? Also, how does the combination of simplistic harmonies and complicated lyrics match the tone of the soundtrack and the movie?