Starring : Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Olivia Thirlby.
Director : Jason Reitman.
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Juno, sixteen, is an unusual girl, whip-smart, witty and though mature beyond her age, still immature enough not to understand the complexities of life. After a sexual encounter with her best-friend, Paulie Bleeker, she realises that she’s pregnant but instead of freaking out, finds humor in it and begins to laugh.
Her immediate thought is to abort the child but in abortion center, she decides to give birth to the baby (allegedly because her baby has grown finger-nails) and give it up for adoption. She gets the address of prospective foster parents, Mark and Vanessa Loring, in a news-paper with the help of her friend, Leah. She immediately takes a liking to both, especially Mark whose tastes into movies and music is in sync with that of hers.
Not only her parents don’t freak-out on hearing the news of their teen-aged daughter being pregnant, but also provide her with their unconditional support and advises. (Unbelievable!) She continues to go to school and the glances turn to sharp glares from teachers and other students alike at the obvious bump, her best- friend always being with her.
Just when she thinks everything is going to be fine, the Lorings decide to split. Silently. No arguments! (Unbelievable, again!) Which leaves Juno back to square-one with the un-born baby!
The movie is funny, witty, entertaining, dealing with adult subjects like teen-pregnancy & divorce and gives out a (few) message(s) without sounding preachy at all. The one thing that is refreshingly surprising (and a bit unbelievable) is that the movie is sans the melodrama, no unnecessary screaming, no freaking-out or display of such intense emotions!
The movie is filled with loads of witty one-liners and the adult content is dealt so delicately. Performances are first rate, especially Ellen Page’s. Not much cussing, or gory scenes, but surely a movie that deserves “A” certificate for its adult content, yet a must-watch.