Juno

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Don’t look to Jason Reitman’s multi-Oscar-nominated second film for a tell-it-how-it-is window on teenage pregnancy nor a two-finger salute to the anti-abortion right. Ignore, too, its ‘Ghost World’-styled ‘indie’ clothing. Rising star Ellen Page, dressed down and knocked-up, admittedly, gives a confident performance as the eponymous 16-year-old, put-down-queen heroine with the impressive ’70s-era taste (The Stooges, Dario Argento horror).

But, just as her supposedly ‘counter-cultural’ profile looks like an assembly from a studio’s cultural dressing department, so does her endless series of screwball-sharp quips, clever quotes and wise-before-her-years aphorisms often seem to emanate from another body entirely – presumably that of devilish scriptwriter and ex-Pussy Ranch blogster Diablo Cody. ‘Very beautiful and very mean, like Diana Ross,’ is how Juno describes the Roman god for whom she is named – how funny, high- school and 16 is that?

The most you can say about ‘Juno’ – given you can ignore the film’s air of contrivance, self-consciousness and cake-and-eat-it attitude to social and moral issues (most clearly seen in the abortion clinic scene, where Juno decides to keep ‘the thing’ because of the centre’s unpleasant smell) – is that it at least tries to inject some wit and engagement into the tired teen ‘coming-of-age’ comedy.

The direction, surprisingly for the supposedly ‘edgy’ material, is conventional, but the acting offers compensations. Allison Janney and JK Simmons (as stepmom and sympathetic dad) are engaging, despite their parts being rather obvious counter-caricatures; and Michael Cera is sweet and believable as geeky impregnator Paulie.

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jason Reitman
Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
Cast: Allison Janney
Michael Cera
Ellen Page
Jennifer Garner
Jason Bateman

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:74
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:7
  • 2 star:6
  • 1 star:0
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Becky

i generally found this film rather boring. the story line wasn't exciting or gripping so it didn't really keep me engaged. however, i did like the main character, Juno. i liked her humourous languange even though this isn't really something that is realistic.

Daniele Turi

Great film. Exceptional casting. Very understated and never cheesy, despite the subject. Main actress really great (playing 16yr old pregnant girl).

Daniele Turi

Great film. Exceptional casting. Very understated and never cheesy, despite the subject. Main actress really great (playing 16yr old pregnant girl).

Elena

I really liked this film. I thought it was fun, original, some really good acting, especially from Ellen. I think the reviewer's comments about a sixteen-year-old not having the intelligence to come up with some of Juno's quips is unfair - my fifteen-year-old sister is just as sharp and quick-witted as Juno. I thought this was an awesome movie, definitely ignore the stuck-up, snobbish opinions of its critics.

Thomas Noctor

The most boring film of the year paired with No Country For Bored Men, NOTHING changes in this movie, its not a comedy its a boring drama that goes no where. 1 Star for helping me sleep! PS The songat the end was rubbish, suited the film!

Hannah

While this movie was funny, it lacked a certain depth that I cannot fully explain. Michael Cera and Jason Bateman were definitely the best parts of this funny, yet shallow, movie.

jed

The Timout reviewer should give up. This film was fantastic.

jed

The Timout reviewer should give up. This film was fantastic.

Susan

I work with 16 year olds every day. I am a high school teacher for 30 years and have never met a girl like Juno. Especially one that faces the complexities of being pregnant with such a lack of anxiety. Her hip and witty character would have been great if pregnancy were not part of the film. This is such a shallow, unrealistic model of a 16 year old dealing with some important choices. The movie was crisply written, well acted and certainly knew how to appeal to high school kids. They love it! To me, it is a highly polished, hipster film with a very disappointing lack of depth. Definitely style over substance.

Georgia Agar

I think that this film has an amazing message to young people of the modern day society. Some things i find quite unrealistic but overall it is a very good film showing the highs and lows of teenage pregnancy. because

Georgia Agar

I think that this film has an amazing message to young people of the modern day society. Some things i find quite unrealistic but overall it is a very good film showing the highs and lows of teenage pregnancy. because

C.H.E

I think this film was discreasful , it was really boring and i didn't find it amusing at all.My friends said who were with me at the time 'You need to listen to the story an pay attention'. I said 'I am not is so BORING and so NOT AMUSING a didn't laugh evan a little bit .I think it could of been a little bit affencife to teenagers who are pregnant ! . x

Vxfsts

How ignorant of Wallie to assume all teenagers have the same intelligence and wit as when he was a 16 yr old. Hate to burst his bubble tho like... but as a 17 yr old I can safely say this film's WIT reminded me of a few of my friends who are even wittier and sharper than Juno. This is a good film that should not raise criticisms for 'glorification' or anything as it seems that a happy medium was reached out of the 'problem' tho as not to give too much away I won't eaborate. I agree with Thom about the not being peadophilic too. Good film, amused me. Good soundtrack too as many have proclaimed.

Vxfsts

How ignorant of Wallie to assume all teenagers have the same intelligence and wit as when he was a 16 yr old. Hate to burst his bubble tho like... but as a 17 yr old I can safely say this film's WIT reminded me of a few of my friends who are even wittier and sharper than Juno. This is a good film that should not raise criticisms for 'glorification' or anything as it seems that a happy medium was reached out of the 'problem' tho as not to give too much away I won't eaborate. I agree with Thom about the not being peadophilic too. Good film, amused me. Good soundtrack too as many have proclaimed.

Stew

Every 16 year old should see this movie and see its ok to have sex and babys, hell the world is so screwed up what difference does it make if one more kid is born. It is hip to be smart and have great comebacks and scewed up parents who don't react to their kids life. Strumming a guitar makes it all OK. Write a poem, and do some art it cures all the problems of the world! Teach the poor and the starving to write scripts!

Stew

Every 16 year old should see this movie and see its ok to have sex and babys, hell the world is so screwed up what difference does it make if one more kid is born. It is hip to be smart and have great comebacks and scewed up parents who don't react to their kids life. Strumming a guitar makes it all OK. Write a poem, and do some art it cures all the problems of the world! Teach the poor and the starving to write scripts!

katlyn

"adam from liberaltown" i dont agree with you and i dont really understand what you mean by "What this film needed was MORE ABORTION! " abortion should not be used as a birth control. if people don't think they need to wrap it up then they deserve the consequences. as for Juno, "and for any other WOMAN" its there choice if they want to keep the child or "kill" it. but as for the movie, near the end i got kinda worried i thought there was gonna be something going on with the husband...but i was glad to see nothing did. and since i work at blockbuster, the songs are always stuck in my head! I loved this movie!

Adam from Liberaltown

I agree with Melissa Anderson's review. What this film needed was MORE ABORTION! I was so excited to see an intelligent film about teen pregnancy, but apparently it wasn't so intelligent after all. I felt BETRAYED by the life of that baby being allowed to continue (not that it was living before it was born, of course. Its unique DNA magically appears in the living tissue as it passes through the birth canal, before which it is made only of the mother's DNA and therefore is a part of her body). But I agree that Juno is better than the ultra-conservative Knocked Up. Excellent observation by Melissa Anderson - whoring around at clubs, internet sites about nude celebrities, getting fecal matter in your eyes; the whole movie was like a sermon at a Baptist (evil) church. Juno isn't conservative like that, but it still isn't progressive enough. When will we finally get a movie that represents the real America: a story about lesbians getting artificically inseminated just so they can exercise their right to have abortions. THAT would get a good review here. The only argument I have with Miss Anderson is her pejorative use of the term "breech birth". A breech birth is better than a regular one, because there's more chance of the baby dying. So I would call Juno "a healthy delivery". Yuck!

Jon

Hello, people, it's called a "movie" for a reason. Lighten up.....it was funny.

Jon

Hello, people, it's called a "movie" for a reason. Lighten up.....it was funny.

G

Good Movie; appropriate dialog, mostly; appropriate music, mostly. For those who think being "Indie" or not really matters or think posting a movie review entitles you to go off on your own ideals related to "Pro-choice" or Pro-Life", Get Over Yourself. It's a movie and a decent one.

Sweet Penny

Juno is a funny and witty film that shows Teenagers the consequences of pregnancy in a way that they can relate to. To say that it is a satire of a serious issue is ridiculous, as it gives you all the facts and doesn't glamourise the issue. It also allows teenagers to see that it isn't the end of the world and that there is a way to solve the 'problem' without abortion. I loved this film and felt that it opened my eyes to a lot of serious issues like pregnancy, adoption and true love.

Sweet Penny

Juno is a funny and witty film that shows Teenagers the consequences of pregnancy in a way that they can relate to. To say that it is a satire of a serious issue is ridiculous, as it gives you all the facts and doesn't glamourise the issue. It also allows teenagers to see that it isn't the end of the world and that there is a way to solve the 'problem' without abortion. I loved this film and felt that it opened my eyes to a lot of serious issues like pregnancy, adoption and true love.

paolo maranini

Really unbearable: How can you make such a phoney comedy out of a dramatic issue like that of a teen's pregnancy? Quips are are predictable; no teen is such a monster of wit, we hope and the problem is not so much the Oscar award (it's exactly an Oscar looking moviefrom the start), as the chorus of favorable reviews from film critics: I share enthusiatically Time Out's review.

Sofia

The soundtrack and film are mediocre. Yes, it follows current trends in mediocre music and overly sarcastic teenager being glorified. Keeping in mind that I am a teenager, a message on the Pro-Life/Pro-Choice issue was a cheap ploy for density from a movie so sparse.

Les Molloy

What is the difference between Wally Hammond's writing and his comments about Juno's script writing? None at all except Juno succeeds when it "tries to inject some wit and engagement" where Wally fails miserably. Don't give up your day job Wally. I can't imagine anybody, other than TO London, publishing anything else you write, if this is your best. Personally I enjoyed the film. It stirred emotions which is what it is all about as far as I am concerned.

Les Molloy

What is the difference between Wally Hammond's writing and his comments about Juno's script writing? None at all except Juno succeeds when it "tries to inject some wit and engagement" where Wally fails miserably. Don't give up your day job Wally. I can't imagine anybody, other than TO London, publishing anything else you write, if this is your best. Personally I enjoyed the film. It stirred emotions which is what it is all about as far as I am concerned.

ruby

completely disagree with "joel"..apart from anything "left-leaning person I've ever met is disturbing and a serious step backwards in our fast-declining culture"... what a load of pretentious crap. I loved the film anyway

ruby

completely disagree with "joel"..apart from anything "left-leaning person I've ever met is disturbing and a serious step backwards in our fast-declining culture"... what a load of pretentious crap. I loved the film anyway

Tom

One of the best films I've seen for a long time, maybe the reviewer should relax a bit and remember that not all films are supposed to be taken so seriously. It's not a political statement, it's a comedy.

Tom

One of the best films I've seen for a long time, maybe the reviewer should relax a bit and remember that not all films are supposed to be taken so seriously. It's not a political statement, it's a comedy.

Dan Sciama

An entertaining film capturing the mood of and moods of teen years. Lots of questions arise about this being apro-life, Fox funded. I am not pro abortion but am pro free choice. Much more worrying was the couples lawyer replacing the social worker, offering no protection to the infant or mother nor vetting of the prospective "adopters'. As well as the subtle insinuation that selling babies could be a possibility to cash starved young women.

Thom

i liked it. great acting and good writing. ignore the pretension of "air of contrivance and social conciousness." it has none of these things. this film will entertain you, it won't get abortion banned or 21 weeks extended, but that's just not the point. it's sweet and funny, and the soundtrack is great too. And I didn't think Jason Bateman's character was paedophilic; i think he just felt he wasn't ready for a child and wanted to remain in touch with his youth. Juno provided a good medium for that.

Thom

i liked it. great acting and good writing. ignore the pretension of "air of contrivance and social conciousness." it has none of these things. this film will entertain you, it won't get abortion banned or 21 weeks extended, but that's just not the point. it's sweet and funny, and the soundtrack is great too. And I didn't think Jason Bateman's character was paedophilic; i think he just felt he wasn't ready for a child and wanted to remain in touch with his youth. Juno provided a good medium for that.

banter ayee?

omg this is so good :) funny as. songs are amazing, shes so good just go and see it you wont regret it ;)

banter ayee?

omg this is so good :) funny as. songs are amazing, shes so good just go and see it you wont regret it ;)

becky

this fim was great it was funny to wen i watched some parts i couldnt stop laughing hahaha xx

becky

this fim was great it was funny to wen i watched some parts i couldnt stop laughing hahaha xx

Samie-Jo

This Film was so funny! Me and my boyfriend went to watch it not really knowing what to expect, bit of a gamble really, but we are so glad we picked this one! It was great, every one in the cinema were in stiches is some parts of the film, this film isnt fake you believe it all, very realistic. would recomend you all go see it. A*******

Samie-Jo

This Film was so funny! Me and my boyfriend went to watch it not really knowing what to expect, bit of a gamble really, but we are so glad we picked this one! It was great, every one in the cinema were in stiches is some parts of the film, this film isnt fake you believe it all, very realistic. would recomend you all go see it. A*******

What a load of shhh

Well not to upset the majority but I thought it was pretty rubbish! I didn't take this film seriously as it's quite obviously a comedy & I have a sense of humour but personally there wasn't actually a funny moment in it, just corny lines. VERY predictable, surprised someone has described it as witty...and I have got my intelligence chip in thanks. The paedophile husband part was a bit bizarre, this didn't upset me but I couldn't understand why that was included! I was excited to see this film but would have liked it to have been a barrel of laughs rather than pure cheese.

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