Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Diablo Cody
Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby
Juno, a teenager who is outspoken and irreverent, becomes pregnant through a one time encounter with her classmate, Bleeker. Initially, Juno decides to have an abortion, but then changes her mind. Looking in the Pennysaver, she finds the “perfect” adoptive couple, Vanessa and Mark Loring, an affluent, suburban couple. Opting for a closed rather than open adoption, and with little input from her parents or Bleeker, Juno never hesitates about her decision till she learns that the Loring’s may not be as perfect as they seemed.
What do you think?
- Juno makes her choices and goes through pregnancy, labor, and relinquishment of her child with seemingly little to no input from her parents or her classmate, Bleeker, the father. To what extent do you think this is realistic? Do you think that this movies delves into the reasons why Juno makes the choices she does? If not, why might a movie not delve more deeply into these reasons? How might a movie delve more deeply?
- “If you’re still in, I’m still in.” – Juno
Why you think Juno decides to go through with the adoption even though she knows Vanessa will be parenting alone? What might be the factors that motivate this decision? How do you feel about Juno’s note and her decision? How do you feel about Vanessa’s desire to become a parent even when she knows that she’ll be going through it alone?
- What do you feel about Juno’s decision not to see her baby and her comment that it was Vanessa’s baby all along? In what ways do you think this might affect an adoptee who is viewing this film? For the most part, Juno seems detached from her pregnancy and any bonding experience. What do you think the reasons for this detachment are? To what extent do you think she might be able to maintain this detachment in the face of the hormonal and physical changes that come along with pregnancy, childbirth, and the stages afterwards? Does Juno’s detachment seem “natural” to you? To what extent do you believe such lack of bonding or attachment is natural? Who decides what is natural? How did you feel when Juno told Bleeker that the baby starts kicking hard when she sees him?