Juno (Ellen Page) is a precocious young high school girl living in a small town who's pregnant from a one-night tryst with a clueless classmate. More of a whim than anything else. To the embarassment of her parents and the chagrin of the father's, Juno decides she's going to have the baby and then give it up for adoption. It's a private adoption, and Juno meets the prospective couple, Mark Loring (Jason Bateman) and his wife, Vanessa (Jennifer Garner). The Lorings are so eager to have the baby that they encourage Juno to visit them often so she'll see what good parents they'll be.
Ellen Page makes Juno a much more believable character than the plot would make you think. She's not just a sarcastic teen who's in over her head. She's bright and very self-aware. Jason Bateman gives a great performance as the man going through a mid-life crisis and seriously considering a try at becoming a rock star. The rest of the cast is also superb here, including J.K. Simmons and Allison Janey as Juno's parents. Juno will get to you, I promise.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our June, 2008 issue.
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