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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:
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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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.
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
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
it is the best movie i have seen in along time =D
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 was a great movie and Ellen Page did a wonderful job interpreting the main character. it's funny, touching, loving.. you gonna like it!
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
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
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
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!
FleurdelisNYC More than 1 year ago
It is rare to find a movie that has a wonderful combination of humor, heart and great storytelling. Juno has all this and so much more!!! Ellen Page is phenomenal in the lead, supported wonderfully by the ever so endearing Michael Cera. Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons are hilarious as Juno's parents. Jason Bateman epitomizes rocker cool while Jennifer Garner displays vulnerability to perfection. And let's not forget the quirkiest and most engaging soundtrack ever created! Kudos to Diablo Cody, Joe Drake and Jason Reitman for bringing this cinematic gem to life!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is definitely good for a single sit through if for nothing else than to laugh at the humorous displays of teenage pregnancies portrayed in this film. The lead "JUNO" gets pregnant and finds herself in a situation where she doesn't want to keep the kid. So she auditions for a couple to adopt her unborn child so she can make sure the new life being brought into this world can grow up in a stable family environment. What happens next is filled with a roller coaster ride of "Murphys' Law" "What can go wrong will go wrong" scenarios. I absolutely recommend this movie for anybody who really should think twice about getting knocked up before they're ready for the world of parenthood. Two thumbs up. GWATT
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
buy it see it and love it
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
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.
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
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.