Juno

Juno

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Director: Joe Drake, Jason Reitman

Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera

     
 

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When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman. Juno (Ellen Page) may seem wise

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When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman. Juno (Ellen Page) may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the pregnant teen quickly realizes how little she really knows about life. Thankfully, Juno has been blessed with parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) who trust their daughter's judgment, and a best friend named Leah (Olivia Thirlby), who's always willing to help out in a pinch. With a little help from Leah, Juno soon comes into contact with Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) -- an affluent suburban couple who have been unable to conceive a child of their own. Mark and Vanessa seem like they would make great parents, and are eager to adopt Juno's unborn child. Now, as adolescent Juno is faced with a series of very adult decisions, she will draw on the support of her family and friends in order to discover who she truly is, and discover that one bad choice can have a lifetime of consequences.

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Bright, original, and ceaselessly entertaining, Juno is the best movie of its kind to come out in years. This is quite a feat considering that the 2000s has seen its share of funny but poignant comedy dramas with lo-fi indie soundtracks, and most of them were really good. So it's not as though Juno is satisfying and enjoyable just because it's a breath of fresh air, or because it shuffles off the text-book constraints of the traditional comedy or drama. Movies like Thumbsucker and Me and You and Everyone We Know have already set the precedent for telling hearteningly unfiltered human stories with honesty and quirkiness. No, what Juno achieves goes above and beyond these exploits. Utilizing the groundwork laid by its predecessors, it handles subject matter that's even slipperier, but it's a hundred times more accessible. Juno strikes an impossibly perfect balance between biting wit, brutal honesty, and unapologetic optimism. So how does a movie about a high-school junior who gets pregnant by her best friend and decides to give her baby up for adoption come to be this intelligent, sweet, and thoroughly watchable? Maybe it's alchemy. Many great movies reach their particular brand of excellence by way of that intangible chemistry between the actors and filmmakers that makes whatever they come up with so much greater than the sum of its parts. The only problem is that it's hard to gauge just how big of a role chemistry plays in the greatness of a film when all the participants do their jobs perfectly. Hyperbolic but true: this is the movie these people were born to make. Every actor in Juno is playing relatively within type, but none of them fall back on clichés or rely on habit. Even Michael Cera, who's certainly played the shy kid in Superbad and on Arrested Development, tries something subtly new in Juno as Bleeker, the titular character's best friend and unlikely baby-daddy. At first glance, it might look like Cera's delivering his same old familiar brand of awkwardness, but reading between his lines even the littlest bit reveals that Bleeker's stammering comes from a totally different place. He's organic and distinct and, despite Cera's strange but ever-present charm, very real. This phenomenon comes into play again and again as each actor appears on screen, so that what you end up with for each performer isn't typecasting, but a seamlessly natural fit. It goes indubitably for Ellen Page, who stars as pregnant 16 year old and unwitting iconoclast Juno. Her frequent sarcastic banter evokes Juno's peculiar resilience, but never whitewashes the character -- or the film -- into glib superficiality. Far from it. Juno is remarkable in just how consistently funny -- belly laugh funny -- it remains from beginning to end, while somehow, at the same time, showing such tremendous heart. And not just sugary, cloying heart but real, center of the human body, life-sustaining heart. This, of course, owes largely to first time screenwriter Diablo Cody, whose script is unendingly delightful without ever betraying the seriousness of what her characters are dealing with. As a result, the finished product combines raw, real life messiness with the kind of creativity and hope that only the best movies can give us.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
UPC:
0024543519805
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
34,163

Special Features

Commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Screenwriter Diablo Cody; Deleted scenes with Optional Commentary by Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody; Gag reel & Gag Take; Cast & Crew Jam; Screen tests; Way Beyond "Our" Maturity Level: Juno - Leah - Bleeker featurette; Diablo Cody is Totally Boss featurette; Jason Reitman for Shizz featurette; Honest to Blog! Creating Juno featurette; Fox Movie Channel presents World Premiere...Juno; Fox Movie Channel presents Casting Session: Juno ; ; Disc Two - Digital copy of Juno for Portable Media Players; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Page Juno MacGuff
Michael Cera Paulie Bleeker
Jason Bateman Mark Loring
Jennifer Garner Vanessa Loring
Allison Janney Bren MacGuff
J.K. Simmons Mac MacGuff
Olivia Thirlby Leah
Eileen Pedde Gerta Rauss
Daniel Clark Rendazo, Steve
Darla Vandenbossche Bleeker's Mom
Aman Johal Vijay
Valerie Tian Su-Chin
Emily Perkins Punk Receptionist
Kaaren de Zilva Ultrasound Technician
Steven Christopher Parker Guy Lab Partner
Candice Accola Girl Lab Partner
Sierra Pitkin Liberty Bell
Cut Chemist Chemist Teacher
Eve Harlow Tough Girl
Kirsten Williamson Nurse
Emily Tennant Pretty-to-Goth Girl
Ashley Whillans Katrina De Voort
Jeff Witzke Track Announcer,dad smile photo
Colin McSween Keith
Peggy Logan Sex Ed Teacher
Cameron Bright RPG Nerd
Joy Galmut Delivery Room Doctor
Wendy Russell Vanessa's Friend 1
Robyn Ross Vanessa's Friend 2
Dallas Hanson Actor
Bryson Russell Actor
Derek Mann Actor
Keith Frost Actor
Grayson Grant Actor
Robin Watts Actor
Tyler Watts Actor
Brandon Barton Dancing Elk Track Team
Josephine Reitman kids smile photo
Oliver Gorin kids smile photo
Ethan Steelberg kids smile photo
Matthew Sanders ultrasound baby

Technical Credits
Joe Drake Director,Executive Producer
Jason Reitman Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Jason Blumenfeld Asst. Director
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Diablo Cody Screenwriter
Kimya Dawson Songwriter
Michael Diner Art Director
Daniel Dubiecki Executive Producer
Dana E. Glauberman Editor
Lianne Halfon Producer
Nathan Kahane Executive Producer
Kelli Konop Co-producer
James Kusan Sound/Sound Designer
Kara Lipson Casting
John Malkovich Executive Producer
Mindy Mann Casting
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Matt Messina Score Composer
Jimmy Miller Co-producer
Jim Miller Co-producer
Mason Novick Producer
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven A. Saklad Production Designer
Catherine Schroer Art Director
Russell Smith Producer
Eric Steelberg Cinematographer
Brad Van Arragon Co-producer
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision

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Juno 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
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I was extremely excited about seeing this movie but found it very hard to get into due to its unbelievability. No group of people anywhere on this planet - least of all a 16-year-old girl who just found out she is pregnant - speaks with this dripping wit. It sounded more appropirate for the 20-something characters of Kevin Smith, not teenagers. It was this pretentious language, releastic reactions towards teen pregnany and simplification of the adoption process that totally ruined this movie for me. It's cute, but that's as far as I'll go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. I went to see it expecting it to be good but walked away amazed. The dialogue was witty and smart and showed another side of the teenage world. Although it might be a little unrealistic with the whole adoption process, it still won my heart over. You'll enjoy this movie from the get go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I start my review, I would like to say to the reviewer above that, as a 16 year old person, I know that there is actually a substantial amount of kids in my age-group who have the intelligence to conjure up such effective wit. We're not stupid, we can actually soliloquize like normal people. As for the film, I loved it. Saw it twice, and loved it the second time as well. Superb acting by Ms. Page, Mr. Cera, and company. Brilliant and engaging writing by Ms. Cody, and entrancing directing by Mr. Reitman. Add in some wonderful music, a la "Garden State", and you have an Oscar-worthy film. It is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It really stayed with me, because it was all I could think about after I saw it in the theatres. It's the best movie of the year, and deserved to win best picture. The acting was phenomenal by the whole cast, and a special congrats to Ellen Page, Olivia Thirlby, and Michael Cera. As such young actors, they really made this movie funny and outstanding. I think that Juno was a strong, independent character, because when she found out she was pregnant, she didn't abort the baby, and she found adoptive parents before she even told her parents. The whole thing was very believable, and it was funny too. Even though Ellen Page didn't win for Best Actress, she deserved it! Love u Ellen! I recommend this movie 1,000,000% for anyone who hasn't seen it! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of my favorite movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a breath of fresh air. It was nice to watch a movie where the story was the focus and not the "production value" or special effects. I was thoroughly enchanted with the acting as well. Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What made this movie so delightful was the supporting cast. It was also good knowing that you don't have to lose your sense of humor once you get pregnant. Plan on laughing so hard you fart!
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buy it see it and love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i laughed basically throughout the entire movie. it was hilarious. and deep. everyone should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Kudos to Juno man! This was an awsome movie. Sort of like Napolean Dynamite, except a girl version. This movie was extremely funny, quirky, and cute! Ellen Page is a phenomenal actress, and Diablo Cody is a marvelous writer. This movie has great catch phrases that everyone will soon adapt I'm sure. Go check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very charming cast with a little too hunky dorry teen pregnancy situation. In reality its far more complicated but In Juno it is adorable and punchy (by punchy i mean the one liners Diablo Cody sprinkles throughout the movie)
Guest More than 1 year ago
many people may find the a 16 year old pregnancy to be a horrible terrible thing the fact that she was going to abort it hurt me but when she did it i knew i was in for a good movie, she choose to keep the baby to help someone else and she is an inspiration to those who are even considering aborting there baby
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, yes, the movie is very well written. Its witty, clever, and often hilarious. The acting is fine. Their approach to the subject matter is pretty unrealistic. Whatever. This movie was no revelation, it wasn't shockingly good. Best picture? Not a chance. Not a bad movie, though. I'd watch it again if it was on HBO or something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this little movie. Ellen Page was adorable and witty as Juno. I loved her best friend, by her side through everything. I think so many teenage films portray a harsh, combative relationship between teen girls and their parents, but this one showed a supportive bond between them. The movie both warmed my heart and broke it. Beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've seen it twice and haven't ahd te chance to buy the dvd, but this is honestly the best movie of 2008. for anyonone of any age. guys and girls from teenagers to senior citizens will fall in love. it was jsut one of those movies that affect in an amazing way every once and awhile!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie. I am looking to either have a baby in the future say 10 years or adopt before and this movie really opened my eyes and let me see that there are people out there that will do what it takes to make a dream come true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Teenage pregnancy is frequently a starting point for myriad philosophical arguments: some see it as a major problem, some see it as an argument for the need of early teaching of contraceptive technique and sex education, some see it as a reason for championing abortion, and some see it as a piece of life that confronts families in both positive and negative ways. JUNO is a beautifully written (Diablo Cody) and directed (Jason Reitman) version of unplanned pregnancy offered by a splendid ensemble cast: it is a movie that could modify the sociologic outlook of many people in a very strong fashion. Juno (Ellen Page) is sixteen and talks her best friend Bleek (Michael Cera) into having sex: the result is a surprise pregnancy that Juno shares with her girlfriend Leah (Olivia Thirley) and the store clerk Rollo (Rainn Wilson) even before informing Bleek, a likable kid who seems fairly flat about the situation. After discarding abortion as a viable solution, Juno informs her father (JK Simmons) and stepmother (Allison Janney) of her status, and tells them she is going to complete the pregnancy and give the baby to some loving and needy barren couple. Her parents are at first flustered by the news, but quickly become supportive in a way that tells us many things about the durability of successful families. With Leah's help, Juno answers an ad for 'wanted: baby' in PennySaver and visits the Lorings (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) who desperately want a child and embrace Juno's gesture of adoption with eager excitement. The remainder of the film follows Juno as her abdomen increases in girth, finding new respect for her parents and for Bleek, and inadvertently walking in the troubled waters of the Loring's marital discord. Without giving the story away, the ending is so tender and free of cliché that it allows us, the audience, to appreciate all the vigor and sensitivity and humor and warmth of Juno - an example of developing maturity that is a fresh breeze compared to the usual teenage movies. Ellen Page does indeed deliver a pitch perfect performance, but her co-stars are equally fine: Simmons and Janney break away from their usual type cast roles brilliantly, and the other members of the cast (the entire cast) flesh out this well written story with great skill. The mixture of animated graphics and the imaginative musical score enhance the flavor of the tale. JUNO offers an unbiased look at the topic of teenage pregnancy and wins on every level. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing! Funny and dramatic, even when it doesn't mean to be, Juno will touch your heart. Coming from someone who has had pregnant friends in high school, I loved how this movie put in the right amount of realistic comedy in teen pregnancy without making it a true comedy. The only bad thing about this movie is that the music during the beginging credits is a little annoying, but once you get past that you can't help but love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film knocks the ball out of the park. It is exceptionally funny and also keeps its heart. A portrait of a real family and young love. The soundtrack is perfect and compliments the film perfectly. A must see!