Juno MacGuff is an ordinary 16-year-old with a big problem: She is pregnant.
Teen pregnancy is not a subject often addressed in movies these days, but “Juno,” which hit theaters on Christmas Day, tackles the topic head-on while not being too preachy.
The plot is very simple. In the fall, Juno (Ellen Page) finds out that she is pregnant by her friend, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). After considering a few ideas about what to do with the baby, Juno decides to put the baby up for adoption and finds the perfect couple, the Lorings (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner).
After dealing with friendships, relationships, breakups, and her pregnancy, Juno finally has the baby in the spring. She and Paulie refuse to see it because they fear they will get attached if they do.
All of the actors seemed to fit the parts easily. The most stunning performance, of course, would be Ellen Page. It didn’t look like she was trying to be funny and witty. Everything about her looked real and relatable, which is a great thing for an actress to do for a normal character.
Not only has the movie been a big hit, but the soundtrack is very popular with audiences with songs by indie bands such as Belle & Sebastian. However, one song that seems to be overplayed. Every time the season changed into a new one, there seemed to be the same song playing. It could have been
Though the movie was highly anticipated, some critics have been disappointed in what it turned out to be. Some say it was not as funny as the commercials seemed to show and that it was trying too hard to be cute and quirky. Overall, the movie could be boring, but the sarcastic and comedic things that Juno says save it.
Despite some downfalls, “Juno” has its greatness. It is cute, funny, and shows something — teen pregnancy — that happens in real life.
Because the movie is about a pregnant teen, some parents may be worried that the movie may glamorize the matter. Though the main character is great to watch, the movie does not show anything for or against teen pregnancies. It only shows the story of a girl who goes through a lot in nine months.