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Transcript of Juno
Michael Cera as Paulie Bleeker AFI Award for "Movie of the Year"
Won Oscar for best writing, original sceenplay
Won BAFTA for best, original screenplay
Won Critics Choice Award for best comedy and best writer (imbd.com) Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 94% positive rating on its "tomato meter" (rottentomatoes.com). IMBD gives it a 7.7/10 rating (imbd.com). Film Techniques Disclaimer:
Prezi does not enable the following features: underlines, italics, and bolds. I am fully aware that my prezi lacks those critical features. "I'm pregnant" Close up of Bleeker's face as the shock runs through his head.
You can tell that he is thinking like any successful teen would, "how will this affect my life? What am I going to lose?" Bleaker is a successful runner and a great student. His parents are strict and keep a tight leash on him and the news was a huge surprise to him. Telephoto lens with low angle to emphasize Juno's facial expression when she reads the pregnancy test. At this point in the movie the audience doesn't know much about Juno and this facial expression is a lot like the a "establishing" personality shot for Juno. Another telephoto lens of Juno as she drives a car across her large belly.
This is supposed to emphasize her emotional road-trip through pregnancy. In the clip below, every time the adoptive father or Juno speaks there is an over-the-shoulder (from the adoptive mom's point of view) and a slight high angle from that shot. When the adoptive mother speaks, there is a eye-level, medium shot on her to focus on her facial expressions and seriousness. I believe the slight high angle when Juno speaks brings out her immaturity. Also, the adoptive father and Juno are both sitting and the adoptive mother is standing. This standing advantage shows that the adoptive mother is in control of the situation and possibly frustrated. Jennifer Garner as Vanessa Loring
Jason Bateman as Mark Loring The colors green and brown are worn by Juno the whole movie. The color green might symbolize immaturity, youth and inexperience. Brown in many cases represents home and comfort. Juno is far from comfortable with the situation but she has her family. Her family supports her and tries their best to be with her at all times which could portray the feeling of comfort and home. Awards Why Juno? Juno and Bleeker are people that real life teenagers can connect with. Bleeker has a promising future with music, sports and education. Juno is an average teen but she has a great family who trusts and supports her in everything she does. Both of the teens didn't plan to get pregnant, and it was certainly unexpected. The movie focuses on Juno's journey from the day she gets pregnant to the day she gives birth. We see Juno struggle with all of her options, telling her parents, missing out on high school memories and "dealing with things way beyond her maturity level." Crihb.org tells us that “less than one-third of teen mothers complete high school” and that “one-third of all teen mothers and one-half of unmarried teen mothers go on welfare within the first year of the birth of their first child.” These are scary statistics, which is why Juno (and only about 1% of all other teen mothers) decide to find an adoptive family to raise her child. Juno learns through-out her pregnancy that her family is the most reliable support system, which lines up with real life national statistics. Crihb.org also tells us that “only 20 percent of the fathers marry the teen mothers of their first children” and the child support they end up paying through-out the child’s life is a very small amount compared to the thousands it cost to raise a child. Teenagers do not think before they act, especially when an action could change their life forever. I highly doubt any sexually active teenager researches how much it would cost to raise a child before having intercourse. The cost of raising a child ranges from $200,000 to $400,000 and these figures do not include a college education for the child or any financial help after eighteen years of age (cbsnews.com). Because teenage pregnancy rates have dropped over the years, it's tough to explain that "even though statistics are lowering, it's still a conflict" because it's not a rising conflict.
I want to tell my peers that they will just become another statistic if they get pregnant with a baby. The fathers will add onto the over 80% of fathers who leave the mom. If the mom decides to keep the baby (over 50% of pregnancies) she will lose her opportunities to go to college or pursue whatever her dreams were because only 1/3 end up going back to college and over 50% of them end up on welfare. I don't want any of my peers to become another statistic, a child trying to raise another child. It's not fair to them and it's not fair to the child, either. So What? In 2011, 31.3 babies were born per 1,000 women from the ages of 15-19 years old (dosomething.org). A sexually active teen who does not use protection has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year (dosomething.org). 1 in 3 women become pregnant before the age of 20 (dosomething.org). The U.S. teenage pregnancy rate is 2x as much as England or Canada. It's 10x higher than Switzerland (dosomething.org). Teen Pregnancy This probably one of the most intense scenes of Juno. I know when I think about teen pregnancy and the risks, I think about what I would say to my parents. Over the shoulder shot of Juno's dad reiterating what Juno said "You're pregnant?" and Juno's step-mom saying "I didn't even know you were sexually active." The over-the-shoulder shot allows us to see the scene as Juno does and not how an audience would see the scene. This makes it a more relatable situation. The father counteracts with a supporting statement to Juno. He tells her "I'll come with you to meet the adoptive parents" but then finishes with "boy, I thought you were a girl who knew when to say 'when.'" You could see the shame and disappointment in his eyes like any other father if they were to find out their little baby was pregnant. This is a negative aspect of functionalism - conflict theory- the family was happy and together and normal until one of the parts of the machine broke. Juno got pregnant and the parents had to figure out how they were going to support her and how they would deal with adoption process as well. Juno probably didn't think of the consequences of having intercourse because she was "bored," and in reality? The pregnancy and adoption affected her parents and her relationship with her friends and family as much as it affected Juno herself. We also see Juno go through a maturity conflict. She has to deal with topics "way beyond her maturity level" like going to an abortion clinic, meeting adoptive parents, signing her baby away to these parents, losing out on memories like High School Prom and boyfriends and throwing donuts at people. She misses out because of one, single night. After this clip, Director: Jason Reitman
Screenplay: Diablo Cody
Producers: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russell Smith
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, released on December 5th, 2007
Rated PG-13 Works Cited
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Juno. Dir. Jason Reitman. Prod. Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith, and Mason Novick. By Diablo Cody. Perf. Ellen Page and Michael Cera. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007. DVD.
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