It is very interesting that three pro-life (or fairly pro life films) have come from Hollywood recently. I haven’t seen Bella (although I’ve heard wonderful things about it), but Knocked-Up was great (crude but really well-done.) A line such as “Your baby has fingernails...” is quite daring, considering that the approved party line out of Hollywood is “it’s not only a lump of cells, but a choice...”
Really enjoyed Juno. The morals were difficult to discern initially but the portrayal of the abortion clinic rang true. At least for someone who hasn’t been in one but imagines what they are like. The way Juno’s family handled her decisions was very sweet. Great ending, too.
Actually, I'm OK with this. If I have to choose between dealing with kids whose parents have that I'm-ok-you're-ok moral grounding, and true believer liberals who think having an abortion is a rite of passage into adulthood, I'll take the mushy middle-grounders. They're much easier to convert.
Too often, the moral and ethical structures espoused by the adults these kids come in contact with are just wrong.
..but his personal opinons/impressions regarding the movie/life resonate!
My lady and I enjoyed this movie very much. Frankly, if the reason Juno did what she did was because of some imposing moral code derived from an ancient book, it would have turned many people off. The idea that her baby’s humanity was self-evident is a really great message to show to kids steeped in an abortion-seeking culture.
The author of this piece absolutely nailed it, even in the last paragraph's of the article. The kids in the movie are living in a moral vacuum, and probably couldn't tell you with the same clarity, what many of us well understood at the same age, a point I believe the film maker intentionally wanted to impart.
But still Juno makes three very traditional choices: to have the baby, to give it up for adoption (to a seemingly, loving, heterosexual couple) and to pursue a lasting, love relationship. Furthermore, Juno's world doesn't fall apart when she chooses to give birth to the baby and give it up for adoption over abortion. Rather the experience seems to have had an enriching and maturing influence upon her life.
Well written review. I saw it last night and really liked it too.
Great acting, excellent writing. Saw it with my 20 year old daughter and her friend. My daughter and her friend did not like the character (too close in age to them?, too unrealistic in her dialog, and cultural references), but my daughter enjoyed the movie. My 16 year old son saw it last week, enjoyed it and told me I would like it.
I’m not sure I agree with the criticism about a “moral vacuum.” I think your “morality” as it develops, rests within your heart and my be tempered by your reaction to the opinion of others. If you don’t care about what others think, then it certainly comes from within. As a previous poster said, not from a Book.
The main character’s family was loving (though her parents were divorced and her mother was out of the picture) and there is even a reference to the baby being “gift from Jesus” though there were no other obvious religious overtones. I think the way she dealt with the whole abortion question was pretty spot on.
I’m almost 50 and have been through the unplanned pregnancy thing with several relatives and friends in my hs and college years. Several from “religious” families (Italian Catholic, Irish Catholic, Puerto Rican Catholic, Jewish) made that appointment to “procure a hasty abortion” as soon as they got the news. Remember in my day you had to go to a clinic to get a confirmation of pregnancy, no home tests. Being a part of a church-going family with the trappings of religious “morality” didn’t seem to affect those girls’ decisions. They were too uncomfortable telling their parents they were sexually active to want to deal with pregnancy options.
Also, the abortion clinics of 25-30 years ago were very clinical and sterile. Now days girls are more likely to have an abortion at a doctor’s office where they are in the waiting room with OB/GYN patients who are there for pregnancy checkups, as in the movie. (I had to pass abortion protesters on my way to saturday pre-natal appointments at my doctor’s office). I’m sure that has an effect on the girls going in, as it did in the movie.
For its value in showing a possible outcome of casual (or just hormonal teenage) sex, I think most middle and high school kids should see it.
Thank you all for your posts, many interesting comments were made. This sounds like a movie worth seeing which I seldom admit to saying. :)