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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


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
Daniel Clark
as Rendazo, Steve
Eileen Pedde
as Gerta Rauss
Steve Rendazzo
as Daniel Clark
Darla Vandenbossche
as Bleeker's Mom
Valerie Tian
as Su-Chin
Emily Perkins
as Punk Receptionist
Allison Janney
as Bren MacGuff
Kaaren de Zilva
as Ultrasound Technician
Candice Accola
as Girl Lab Partner
Sierra Pitkin
as Liberty Bell
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
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
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  • Jan 26, 2017
    Juno stands tall as an offbeat indie comedy with a deeper message.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2016
    A little late to the game for this one, but on board no less, Juno is a fun and smart comedy written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman who has been attached in varying capacities to other top-notch films in the last 20 years. Ellen Page gives us a very honest interpretation of a young 16-year-old thrown into chaos when she finds out the only time she ends up having sex leads to pregnancy. So while the focus isn't so much on the occurrence of the act (they only use about 2 minutes of the opening for establishing it), the meat of the film lies with her relationship to a family wanting to adopt her future kid. She's the typical teenager who's level of maturity rises above many adults, but underlying that still rests someone too out of their depth at that age. The themes here are pretty adult for a movie about someone as young as this. The supporting cast of Michael Cera, Allison Janney, JK Simmons, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman add to the very "real" interpretation of emotions running through these characters. It's a little short on time and breezes along at a brisk pace accompanied by some stellar and fun dialogue. The resolution here is a win-win for everyone involved, and Juno deserves to be recognized as one of our best.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2016
    This is one of those quirky scripts that draws fascinating characters and an intriguing storyline. The cast must of trembled with delight when reading through Diablo Cody's first film script about a high school-aged girl facing pregnancy. Even supporting characters with small roles have opportunities to utter great lines: Vanessa Loring: How do I look? Bren: Like a new mom. Scared shitless. It's a feel good movie, that might make you a little nauseous with so much darling dialogue, but the odds are you'll love Juno. I did.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2016
    One of the sweetest and most charming of the 21st century coming of age films, Juno is cinematic bliss. Jason Reitman is brilliant proving he's one of the best young filmmakers out there, with this and Up in the Air. Ellen Page is phenomenal. So smart, witty and fast talking, she creates a lovable heroine. Her sharp tongue delivers the juicy screenplay with ease. Props also to Jennifer Garner in a beautifully touching performance. If you want a film that just makes you feel happy, while also being so humane, Juno is the film for you. It is a modern classic. Rating: 90
    Bradley J Super Reviewer

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