- 1 hr 36 min
Juno is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film that follows the story of 16-year-old Juno MacGuff, played by Elliot Page, who unexpectedly becomes pregnant after having sex with her best friend Paulie Bleeker, played by Michael Cera. Juno decides to give the baby up for adoption and starts looking for the perfect family to give her child to.
The movie starts with Juno taking a pregnancy test in a convenience store bathroom. When the test comes out positive, Juno is shocked and doesnât know what to do. She decides to tell her best friend and the father of her child, Bleeker, about the pregnancy. Bleeker is initially stunned but agrees to support Juno through her pregnancy.
Junoâs stepmother Brenda, played by Allison Janney, takes her to a local clinic recommended by a friend. Juno meets Mark Loring, played by Jason Bateman, and his wife Vanessa, played by Jennifer Garner, a young couple who want to adopt a child. Juno decides to give her baby to them and starts spending more time with them, which puts her in a difficult situation when she starts to develop feelings for Mark.
Throughout the movie, the audience sees Juno struggle with the challenges of teenage pregnancy, including telling her parents about her condition and coping with changes in her body. Juno is a very independent and quirky character, who is not afraid to speak her mind, and is not afraid to break stereotypes, as she decides not to have an abortion, which is rare in teenage pregnancy films.
The story deals with some heavy themes, such as family dynamics, divorce, the importance of communication, and the hardships associated with pregnancy. Despite these difficult topics, Juno keeps the tone light with its witty humor and lighthearted moments and the soundtrack is really appreciated by the audience.
As Juno nears her due date, she starts to worry about the family that her baby will go to. She is unsure if she made the right decision in giving her child up for adoption and if the Loring's are the perfect family that she was looking for. Matters come to a head when Vanessa finds out about the affair between Juno and Mark.
The film is mostly character-driven, and Elliot Page does an excellent job of bringing Juno to life, capturing her wit, intelligence, and vulnerability. Jennifer Garner, on the other hand, delivers a heartwarming performance as Vanessa, who is desperate to have a child, and Bateman as Mark, who is struggling to come to terms with his own life, both as an adult and a father.
Overall, Juno is a well-crafted movie that uses its comedy to lighten its heavy themes. The film is a testament to the talent of its cast and crew, and its ability to create an engaging and memorable story that anyone can relate to. It is a modern classic that is still relevant today as it shows the struggles of teenage pregnancy with a unique and sometimes quirky perspective.
Juno is a 2007 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 81.