Juno Soundtrack

 
Classic and indie songs have sarcasm and charm.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dealing with serious emotions and issues, the soundtrack's light-hearted tone and good natured lyrics keep this album from becoming too heavy for teens.

Violence

A few references to self-inflicted violence: "If you want to cut yourself, remember that I love you and if you want to kill yourself remember that I love you/call me up before you're dead we can make some plans instead."

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some explicit language, but not gratuitous. "We'll pray all this s--t our president has gotten us in will go away…F--k Bush and f--k this war."

Consumerism

Obvious tie-in to the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to "ruffies."

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:January 8, 2008
Label:Rhino Records
Genre:Soundtrack
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byFridaythe13th June 25, 2009
age 12+
 

GREAT MUSIC, A GREAT MESSAGE IN 'LOOSE LIPS'

I love it! I absolutely love LOOSE LIPS!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old May 21, 2010
age 12+
 

Amazing :)

Amazingly quirky, funny and feelgood movie with a fantastic soundtrack, this is for the alternative fans though, nothnig mainstream here! :) such a great collection and long live the legacy of Juno and Paulie :) <3
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Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoison Ivey November 14, 2009
age 13+
 

very good, just that one song...

I like all the songs, except the one with like a ton of very clearly pronounced language. I curse quite a bit, but I hate listening to uncalled for swearing. But it's good music, in fact right now I'm listening to "Tire Swing" Love that song...
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Too much swearing

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