Saturday, May 10, 2008

Juno (2007), a Celebration of Motherhood

Juno is a mixture of drama, comedy, and romance that could be considered as a feminist film which won the recent Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The main character portraying Juno Mc Daff (Ellen Page), as an atypically strong, intelligent and confident 16-year old high school student who discovered she is pregnant fathered by her longtime friend and admirer, Pauli Bleeker (Michael Cera).

Instead of opting for abortion, she decided with the help of her friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), to give the baby for adoption after birth. After searches made from the PenySaver, they found the interested couple in the person of Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner). Together with her father Mac (J. K. Simmons), they meet the couple in their expensive suburban home to finalize and arrange the closed-adoption signing of agreements.

Interactions and encounters between Juno and Vanessa are depicted in several occasions which seemed so annoying, awkward and not in normal terms, yet Vanessa is so overwhelmed by her obsession of becoming a full time mother as well as Juno’s relentless intention of handing over the baby right away after birth.

It also portrayed Mac as a supportive father of a teen-age-pregnant daughter which is really exceptional to find in real life. One case is a scene on the revelation and admission of her pregnancy, another when he volunteered to go along with Juno in meeting the Loring couple. One more is during an intimate conversation between Mac and Juno on his workroom, defining to her his terms of love and relationship, considering it again on the day of Juno’s labor and delivery. Lastly, when Mac never say a word to Pauli on the hospital room and just patted her shoulders allowing both of them to talk in private.

She is lucky as well with her ever-caring and compassionate step-mother (Allison Janney), who assists her in her pre-natal requirements, repairing her pants, bringing her to the ultra-sound lab, up to the delivery stage, although in some instances, they encounter some misunderstandings.

This film is a real celebration of motherhood, one part on Juno’s bearing of the child, and one part on the readiness of Vanessa to become the loving, un-reserved and full-time adoptive mother, despite her unexpected divorced from her husband.

On the outset, all the distinctive characters involved are very rare to find in our contemporary society. The story-line may truly happen, inasmuch as the circumstances turn around and all the occurrence of situations that surround, in which case they are so inspiring and motivating, nonetheless, they could hardly be found.

Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby
Director: Jason Reitman
Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
Producer: John Malkovich, Russel Smith, Lianne Halfon, Mason Novak
Composer: Mateo Messina
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins
Theatrical Release: December 5, 2007 Limited
Box Office: $143,380,890

For those who missed the film, here are some extracts worth viewing for. Happy Mother’s Day to everybody!

Juno (2007) Part 1

Juno (2007) Part 2

Juno (2007) Part 3

Juno (2007) Part 4-Last

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Shimmer said...

hey, i hv seen d movie Juno.lovely movie.i was touched deeply wid d kind of support family provides to Juno even her step mom.i jus loved is also full of emotions & affection.thank you for writing abt the movie, it's a must watch.& thank you for visiting my webpage & leavin a comment.appreciate wht u wrote aftr still confused abt relation of love.neway will wait right thing to happen:-)stay in touch..