Theatrical Release: January 4, 2008


“Juno” stars Ellen Page as the title character, a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Cera). With the help of her hot best friend Leah (Thirlby), Juno finds her unborn child a “perfect” set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa (Bateman and Garner), longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents (Simmons and Janney) as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.

Dove Review

Ellen Page is very believable as a sixteen-year-old who becomes pregnant and knows she is not ready to be a mother. This film speaks positively about adoption although the character, Juno, briefly considers getting an abortion. The theme of giving the child to a woman who wants very desperately to be a mother is well done, as is the scene in which Juno’s father tells her that if she can find someone who loves her for who she is, it doesn’t get any better than that. In a touching scene Juno looks lovingly at her baby during an ultrasound.

Juno is a powerful story about how inappropriate actions have consequences. Juno and her boyfriend do have sex outside of marriage and there are serious consequences. It’s a story that needs to be told in today’s peer-pressured society under the right circumstances. However, the strong language prevents us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A young couple has sex outside of marriage; several sexual innuendos.
Language: J-1; J spoken with respect-1; F-1; H-1; G/OMG-10; S-13; A-4; Butt-1; Slang for male genitalia-2; Slang for female genitalia-1; B-4; D-2; A few frickin and friggin and geez comments; Crude comment for going to the bathroom-1.
Violence: A brief scene in which a gore video is watched and some blood is seen.
Drugs: Brief drinking; a character says she used to drink a lot.
Nudity: Shirtless man; man sitting in chair nude but nothing graphic is shown; naked girl but legs are shown and nothing graphic.
Other: A positive statement is made about Jesus blessing the mess in a family's lives; a few comments about sperm are made; a comment about lesbians are made, referring to them as lesbos; Juno flips off a friend of hers.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Diablo Cody
Director: Jason Reitman
Producer: Lianne Halfon
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter