Juno (2007)

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Critic Consensus: One of the brightest, funniest comedies of the year, Juno's smart script and direction are matched by assured performances in a coming of age story with a 21st century twist.

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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual content and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Ellen Page
as Juno MacGuff
Michael Cera
as Paulie Bleeker
Jennifer Garner
as Vanessa Loring
Jason Bateman
as Mark Loring
J.K. Simmons
as Mac MacGuff
Eileen Pedde
as Gerta Rauss
Steve Rendazzo
as Daniel Clark
Darla Vandenbossche
as Bleeker's Mom
Aman Johal
as Vijay
Valerie Tian
as Su-Chin
Emily Perkins
as Punk Receptionist
Kaaren de Zilva
as Ultrasound Technician
Allison Janney
as Bren MacGuff
Steven Christopher Parker
as Guy Lab Partner
Sierra Pitkin
as Liberty Bell
Candice Accola
as Girl Lab Partner
Cut Chemist
as Chemistry Teacher
Eve Harlow
as Tough Girl
Emily Tennant
as Pretty-to-Goth Girl
Ashley Whillans
as Katrina De Voort
Jeff Witzke
as Tack Announcer
Peggy Logan
as Sex Ed Teacher
Cameron Bright
as RPG Nerd
Wendy Russell
as Vanessa's Friend No. 1
Joy Galmut
as Delivery Room Doctor
Robyn Ross
as Vanessa's Friend No. 2
Brandon Barton
as Dancing Elk Track Team
Josephine Reitman
as kids smile photo
Oliver Gorin
as kids smile photo
Ethan Steelberg
as kids smile photo
Matthew Sanders
as ultrasound baby
Sierra Pitkin
as Liberty Bell
Daniel Clark
as Rendazo, Steve
Dan Clark
as Rendazo, Steve
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Critic Reviews for Juno

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (44)

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman make Juno the marvelously un-still center of a wistfully acerbic comedy that qualifies as a feminized version of Knocked Up.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
NPR.org
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Fierce without being cruel, sweet without becoming saccharine, and never short of hilarious, it's not only the best comedy of the year, but one of the best films, period.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
The New Republic
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April 8, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Juno may look like Knocked Up's kid sister, but it bests it on all fronts from jokes to emotional insight.

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
I.E. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Juno

There were many great films that came out around 2007 and 2008, and this one proved to be in the top tier. After a fling with her longtime pal leaves her pregnant, snarky, witty, and smart 16 year-old Juno MacGuff decides to do the right thing and give her baby up for adoption to a seemingly perfect yuppie couple unable to have kids of their own. It's a coming-of-age romantic comedy, that might be the best entry in either of those two categories I've seen. This is a very sharply written, finely observed film that is irresistibly heartwarming, charming, and moving. Though Juno is more of a stylized ideal than anything else, she represents the kind of teenage girl we need to see more of in real life. She's a good belng of being smart, yet far from perfect. This was the "indie darling" of its year, but I don't see that as a bad thing. This movie is a great example of why I love indies from time to time. There's excellent writing (and thankfully the 'teen speak' isn't overdone), lots of heart, depth, and humor, and some great performances to boot. I mean, you get top notch work from EVERYONE here, but especially Page, Garner, Thirlby, and Janney. I know I'm praising this film a lot, and, while it is justified, part of why I love this film is that I have a personal and emotional connection to it. A little pain is involved, but despite some bitter-sweetness, this film is tied to an important part of my life, and I would be a worse off person without this film. I highly recommend this, because, even though my connection to it can't be shared by everyone, this film is still brilliant without having such a deep meaning for me.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

"Juno" is one of the most loveable teen films in the past decade. Filled with tons of heart and tons of light comedy, this film takes a simple story of a 16-year-old girl getting pregnant and makes it into this beautiful story revolving around character development, character chemistry, and learning lessons between right and wrong. This is not only a nice teen/dramedy flick, but it also serves as a school lesson for young teens and what problems could arise in these situations. Definitely one of my favourite films of 2007. I loved the unique direction and the script is very very well written. There is just so much to love about this little film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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