Juno

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio 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
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • UPC: 024543506874
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,267

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
Bryson Russell
Derek Mann
Keith Frost
Grayson Grant
Robin Watts
Tyler Watts
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, 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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Juno
1. Autumn/Main Titles [4:09]
2. Little Pink Plus [2:47]
3. Up the Sport [2:10]
4. Whatever [2:38]
5. Freaky [2:20]
6. Family Life [2:29]
7. Fingernails [2:49]
8. The PennySaver [3:24]
9. Anything But This [4:10]
10. The Lorings [5:29]
11. Jam Session [5:02]
12. Winter [3:54]
13. Dovetailing Interests [5:46]
14. What a Surprise [2:36]
15. Boundaries [1:59]
16. His Only Vice [2:59]
17. Nesting [1:35]
18. It's Me, Vanessa [3:17]
19. Spring [5:56]
20. A Piece of Furniture [4:51]
21. Grow Up [2:55]
22. Decision Time [3:35]
23. Fatherly Advice [3:33]
24. The Coolest [1:29]
25. We Have a Baby [1:32]
26. Still In [2:34]
27. Summer [3:06]
28. End Titles [2:55]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Juno
   Play
   Language Selection
      Audio: Commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Writer Diablo Cody
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Writer Diablo Cody - On
      Commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Writer Diablo Cody - Off
      Deleted Scenes
         With Commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Writer Diablo Cody - On
         With Commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Writer Diablo Cody - Off
         Play All
         Mrs. Rancik
         Juno Hitchhikes
         Intro to Family
         Carry Chair to Bleeks, Sit in Car Drinking
         Café Triste
         Bleeker's Bedroom With Juno
         Lorings in Bathroom
         Mark Plays Guitar
         Juno Plays Guitar
         Montage
         Mark's Loft
      Gag Reel
      Gag Take
      Cast and Crew Jam
      Screen Tests
      Trailers: Play All
      Trailers: Soundtrack Spot
      Trailers: Charlie Bartlett
      Trailers: Lars and the Real Girl
      Trailers: Bonneville
   Inside Look
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something to think about

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Taking a real situation of teenage pregnancy and all that it entails and wrapping it around an excellent portrayal of the CURRENT language, behaviours and attitudes of today's generation.

    Taking a real situation of teenage pregnancy and all that it entails and wrapping it around an excellent portrayal of the CURRENT language, behaviours and attitudes of today's generation. Ellen Page is excellant as are the whole cast in presenting this story, in a real way. A serious situation met with maturity beyond years, JUNO tells a story with positive outcomes teaching our young people today an important lesson. It is not done in a condescending manner - but with real emotions, thoughts and humor. I laughed and cried - learned a new language - and an insight into today's young people. I recommend this movie to the whole family - it opens the door to serious discussion about a subject that is sometimes difficult to talk about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE Juno!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    cute movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Juno

    I fell in love with this movie when I saw the first preview for it. It was a really great movie, and I'm sure plenty of girls can relate with Juno and what she had to go through. I liked how Juno thought she was so mature and could handle everything, and then when she got pregnant she was faced with so much more responsibility. I thought her parents were kind of unrealistic in the way they handled her news, but I guess they had so much trust in her, and knew that she could handle anything with a little support from them. Everything about this movie was adorable, especially Juno and Paulie's relationship.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Watched It Five Times!!!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AWESOME MOVIE!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Story

    When &quot Juno&quot was still in theatres, I saw it in early January, and let me tell you how blown away I was by how amazing this movie was. It dealt with an average sixteen-year-old girl from Minnesota, who is happening to deal with an unexpected teenage pregnancy. When I first heard about the movie, I thought it was going to be portrayed as an episode of 7th Heaven - lots of drama, though I was completley wrong. Juno had an amazing sense of humor about her pregnancy, and dealt with it with in a positive manner. It was also a great love story about two kids who can't admit that they truely love each other, though the pregnancy brings them closer and stronger than ever! I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to hear a great love story, and have a big laugh at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Film

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Obnoxious Teens Get Pregnant

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommended

    I was pleasantly surprised by Juno. Before watching the movie my exposure to the film had been very brief - mostly from a preview and a recommendation from a friend. Honestly, I expected Juno to be a feel good movie with a half-hearted message. Instead I found a genuinely entertaining movie with a fantastic cast that while addressing the issue of teen pregnancy, manages to find a sense of humor. I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone so I'll finish by saying that I applaud the writer for the ending she chose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Overrated

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awful

    The dialogue is horrid, it tries way to hard to be quirky and cute and instead is just annoying. After the first 15 minutes I wanted to turn it off but sat through the whole thing so I could make an honest judgement of it. I tried to search for things to like about this movie but besides some of the stuff on the soundtrack I couldn't. I recommend staying far, far away from this one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your ordinary teen flick

    Although this story has its moments of angst and sadness, it peels back a layer of vulnerability on a 16-year-old girl who is forced to grow up too fast in a world that can be largely unkind, unfair and uncaring. You can't help but worry about her and hope she will eventually find her way - which she eventually does. Two thumbs up for the ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, real, moving, and a great soundtrack.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Complex Tale Told with Humor, Tenderness, and Simplicity

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    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!

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