Juno

Juno

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Director: Joe Drake, Jason Reitman, Ellen Page, Michael Cera

Cast: Joe Drake, Jason Reitman, 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

Overview

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:
PG-13
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

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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chanelcutiex21 More than 1 year ago
the first time i saw this movie i loved it! the story line is very realistic and could happen to anyone. also, some parts are funny while others are very sad. i would recommend for anyone to see this movie.
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie made me think. It allows the viewers to enter the world of a scared teenage girl who finds herself pregnant without even being in a relationship. There is a strong push for pro-life and that hard decision that had to be made for such a young person. In this world that is rare to see someone honoring God-given life. The struggle is real, the temptations they show are real, the pain, shame and confusion is real. The unreality comes with the wonderful relationship that is formed with the couple after she's given birth. Sadly, it does not always work like that.
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
Get past the few opening minutes with admittedly terrible dialogue and you'll find a humorous and heartfelt story that makes you appreciate what you have in life. One of the best films of the year. Highly reccommended for anyone.
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
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 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
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
It was ok. Having just come out of an unexpected pregnancy, I suppose I am a little biased in how I see this movie. Ellen Page and her on-screen boyfriend are delightful to watch. The characters are all very well written, but there's a point where you start to wonder, "Wait a second. Why are they ALL way too witty?" At some point, the excessive wittiness destroys the willing-suspension-of-disbelief. It was an ok movie... but I totally regret buying it when I could have totally gotten Darjeling Limited or something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please note all comments are from my 13 year old. I'm just typing it! This movie is really funny. I loved every minute of it. I watch it at least twice a month. It makes you really think about the meaning of life and that sometimes that meaning comes from teenagers who are bored. The cast is amazing, especially the way Michael Cera and Ellen Page interacted.
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
buy it see it and love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie and Ellen Page did a wonderful job interpreting the main character. it's funny, touching, loving.. you gonna like it!
Ali_I_Am More than 1 year ago
At first I had second thoughts about watching this... but after a long session of wondering wether i should follow my friends' advice and see it or just forget it. (i dont like the idea of girls my age getting pregnant!) but then i was just like, "OMG just watch it!!!" to myself. I ended up loving it!!! Yeah, it shows a bad example for some girls... because it makes it all seem like no big deal. but it was still really good. i would recomend this to anyone with taste!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is the best movie i have seen in along time =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's SO GREAT..."Honest To Blog". It has unique music that you'll think is weird at first then LOVE. It won 3 Oscars for a reason. It's my favorite movie.
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!