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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Juno Gem

I know now why everyone is raving about the movie "Juno." What a little jewel among all the big budget movies out there!

It is a story about an unconventional 16 year old who gets pregnant and how she handles the situation. She has caring parents including a step-mother who isn't wicked and a father with some relationship wisdom. She has a sweet nerdy boyfriend whom she hasn't learned to appreciate. Ellen Page is magnificent as the quirky teen who vacillates from an I-have-all-this-under-control grown-up attitude to the animated, immature adolescent she really is.

The PG-13 movie was half-filled with young teenage girls, giggly and giddy before the movie, subdued after. I hope it was a sign that this movie, in its serious comedy way, drove home the point that pregnancy requires some big-time decisions that adolescents shouldn't have to face. The scene at the hospital near the end tells the real story without saying any words.

The writing and acting are superb. The music is perfect. Go see this movie.

6 comments:

Amishlaw said...

I did. You're absolutely right.

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

You really don't think a movie can change sexual activity of teens, right?

Prairie Gourmet said...

Having sex is one thing. Having babies is quite another. I have hopes this movie will help deter that part at least.

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

I haven't seen the movie, but it is a minor child having the kid, right?
It was consensual sex?
So the minor child doesn't really have any say in whether or not to have the baby.
Girls need to have easy access to contraception if they are to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Do they have that in your area? They sure don't here in the Bible belt.

Prairie Gourmet said...

It's available. But it seems around here, so many teens simply want to have babies. It's the cool thing to do.

Yep - plot is high school junior gets pregnant from one night stand and what she does about it. Go see the movie. I know the plot sounds like nothing new, but I guarantee it will draw you into the character and suprise you in the end.

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

I will see the movie - and if I don't, I have it in my queue to get the DVD when available.

I understand what you mean about girls having babies.

I just read a feminist blog yesterday discussing how girls are "content" today to get married and have babies.

This isn't the blog but if you have 20 minutes to spar, this feminist is very compelling and presents a POV in a humorous way:
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/204