The film, Juno, is a movie I have been wanting to see since it hit the theatres in late 2007. At that time it received all the Oscar buzz associated with much larger budgeted films. I waited to watch the film because it had received so much attention from the pro-life world, that I wanted to watch it when all the furor had died down. Well, I probably waited longer than I should have, but I did finally get around to watching it last night, and I was sure glad I did.
Briefly, Juno is a sixteen year old girl living in a Minnesota suburb with her father and step-mother (her mother abandoned her and moved to Hawaii and started a new family there) and five year old half sister. Her best friend Leah, is a cheerleader, although it becomes obvious that the two of them are definitely not in the “in” crowd at school. Her other best friend, is a boy in her class who also is a “track and field enthusiast”. Paulie Bleeker (Bleeker) is a long distance runner, and is probably best categorized as a “geek”, but Juno sees something in him that she is unsure about, but by the end of the film, she realizes that what she sees in him is love.
But I am getting ahead of myself. The film starts with Juno and Bleeker having a very awkward and quick, sexual encounter, in a chair. Shortly, we learn that Juno is pregnant. Juno decides, after series of encounters, not to have an abortion, but to have her child and to give the child up for adoption. Juno, with the help of Leah, find a couple looking to adopt in the PennySaver. Juno and her father meet the couple, along with their lawyer, in perhaps one of the funniest scenes of the movie. By the end of the film, Juno not only gives birth to her child, but she also learns a lot about relationships and love.
Juno is definitely a film that finally promotes a pro-life position, but the film itself is not necessarily pro-life. I loved Juno, and not just because Juno didn’t choose to have an abortion. I loved the film because it was funny and serious, it is weird and realistic, and it has a fantastic soundtrack. Juno is a beautiful, quirky film, with tremendous acting and fantastic writing. While in the film, God is never mentioned, nor is any religious theme introduced into any of the characters, the fact that Juno decides to carry her baby full term and to “give up” her baby for adoption, is the kind of self-less, loving act that we need to see more of in film and in the written word. Whatever the political, or religious views of the writer or director, Juno comes out strong in showing that having a child is more than just “me” and that killing that life is just not an option. I highly recommend Juno to all.