ENGL 1010: I70
Juno: Unplanned Pregnancy
The central character in the 2007 movie Juno, written by Diablo Cody who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The story begins with 16-year-old Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) staring at the chair in which she and her friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) have had their first sexual experience together. Having discovered—or accepted—that she is pregnant after her third home pregnancy test in a single day, Juno decides to have her baby and put him or her up for adoption. Juno is a free-thinking, smart, and tough teenager going through an unplanned pregnancy.
Juno is a 16-year-old gal living in suburban Minnesota who, like your average hipster, listens to alternative music and favors things merely for their ironic value; Juno is a free thinker and says anything that comes to her mind and doesn't care what people think of her. After having a one night sex encounter with her friend Paulie Bleeker, Juno MacGuff tells her best friend Paulie, “I don't know, I drank like, ten tons of Sunny D... Anyway dude, I'm telling you I'm pregnant and you're acting shockingly cavalier” (“Quotes”). Saying what’s on her mind isn’t hard and through the whole movie she tends to do so without thinking twice. Her choice of words help to show that Juno is an interesting character. Juno also shows that she is clever- minded with a great sense of humor. Juno’s humor is all though the movie, whether she be in the school hallways making humorous jokes about of Katrina Devore stank eye or Bleeker’s bright yellow running shorts, Juno MacGuff “Wow your shorts are like especially gold today (“Quotes”),and making the clever choice of putting her baby up for adoption.
Finding out that she is pregnant she is faced with big decisions. Even though she is a teenager Juno makes smart decisions, at first she decides to abort the baby. Juno MacGuff says “I was thinking I’d just nip it in the bud before it gets worse, because they were talking about in health class how pregnancy, it can often lead to... an infant” (“Quotes”). Juno herself finds something positive in a difficult situation. Having been abandoned by her own mother, she makes the smart decision not to abort the baby. Juno and her best friend look into finding the unborn child a suitable home so they turn to a Penny Saver (a paper) advertisement which is where they found the “perfect” couple - Vanessa and Mark Loring - to adopt the baby. Vanessa is infatuated with the thoughts of motherhood and talks rather obsessively about preparations and future plans. Mark, a composer of commercial jingles -who works out of the house- is more laid back. After they talk discuss the topic over Juno and Paulie chose this couple because there picture appears to be ordinary and in a non-sappy ad.
Being a pregnant high school teenager has to be tough as old boots already. Although Juno immediately recognizes she is not in a position to be a mother, therefore, the only logical solution is for her to give the child up. That is a tough decision itself but knowing that she can give the child a loving home rather than aborting him or her is a moral decision that Juno chose. Even though