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Diablo Cody







JUNO Chronicle Books

Writen by Diablo Cody

Directed by Jason Reitman





Sixteen year-old Juno MacGuff is the type of girl that

Mac and Bren too are pragmatic about Juno’s situation.

beats to her own drummer, and doesn’t really care

The next step is to find prospective parents for the

what others may think of her. She learns that she’s

yet unborn child. In the Pennysaver ad section, Juno

pregnant from a one-time sexual encounter with her

finds Mark and Vanessa Loring, a yuppie couple living

best friend, Paulie Bleeker. Juno and Paulie like each

in the suburbs. Juno likes the Lorings, and in some

other, but don’t consider themselves to be exclusive

respects has found who looks to be a kindred spirit in

boyfriend/girlfriend let alone be ready to be a family

Mark, with whom she shares a love of grunge music

complete with child. Although she would rather not be

and horror films. Vanessa is a little more uptight and

pregnant, Juno is fairly pragmatic about her situation.

is the one in the relationship seemingly most eager

Although there, Paulie really leaves all the decisions

to have a baby. Juno enters into a closed rather than

about the baby to Juno. Initially she decides that she

open adoption contract with the Lorings - meaning

will have an abortion, but that’s something that she

she will have no contact with the baby after she gives

ultimately cannot go through with. So she decides to

it up. During the second and third trimesters of Juno’s

have the baby and give it up for adoption. But first she

pregnancy which she treats with care but detachment,

has to tell her father, Mac, and stepmother, Bren, that

Juno’s relationships with her family, with Paulie, and

she is pregnant. Although they would have preferred

with the Lorings develop, the latter whose on the

if Juno was on hard drugs or expelled from school,

surface perfect life masks some hidden problems.

Sixteen-year-old Minnesota high-schooler Juno

belongings), works at home composing commercial

MacGuff discovers she is pregnant by her friend

jingles. Juno and Leah happen to see Vanessa in a

and longtime admirer, Paulie Bleeker. She initially

shopping mall being completely at ease with a child,

considers an abortion. Going to a local clinic run by a

and Juno encourages Vanessa to talk to her baby in the

women’s group, she encounters a schoolmate outside

womb, where it kicks for her.

who is holding a one-person protest for pro-life vigil. Once inside, however, a variety of factors lead Juno to

As the pregnancy progresses, Juno struggles with

leave. She decides against abortion, and she decides

the emotions she feels for the baby’s father, Paulie,

to give the baby up for adoption. With the help of her

who is clearly in love with Juno. Juno maintains an

friend Leah, Juno searches the ads in the Pennysaver

outwardly indifferent attitude toward Paulie, but

and finds a couple she feels will provide a suitable

when she learns he has asked another girl to the

home. She tells her father, Mac, and stepmother, Bren,

upcoming prom, she angrily confronts him. Paulie

who offer their support. With Mac, Juno meets the

reminds Juno that it is at her request they remain

couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring, in their expensive

distant and tells her that she broke his heart.

home and agrees to a closed adoption. Not long before her baby is due, Juno is again Juno visits Mark a few times, with whom she shares

visiting Mark when their interaction becomes

tastes in punk rock and horror films. Mark, who

emotional. Mark then tells her he will be leaving

has set aside his rock band youth (now confined to

Vanessa to figure his life out. Juno is horrified by

memorabilia displayed in the one room of the house

this revelation, with Mark asking Juno “ How do you

that Vanessa has designated for Mark’s personal

think of me? “, revealing Mark is starting to develop

feelings for Juno. Vanessa arrives home, and Mark

Vanessa comes to the hospital where she joyfully

tells her he does not feel ready to be a father and

claims the newborn boy as a single adoptive mother.

there are still things he wants to do first. Juno

On the wall in the baby’s new nursery, Vanessa has

watches the Loring marriage fall apart, then drives

framed Juno’s note, which reads: “ Vanessa: If you’re

away and breaks down in tears by the side of the

still in, I’m still in. — Juno. “ The film ends in the

road. Returning to the Lorings’ home, she leaves a

summertime with Juno and Paulie playing guitar and

note and disappears as they answer the door.

singing together, followed by a kiss.

After a heartfelt discussion with her father, Juno

As the pregnancy progresses, Juno struggles with

accepts that she loves Paulie. Juno then tells Paulie

the emotions she feels for the baby’s father, Paulie,

she loves him, and Paulie’s actions make it clear

who is clearly in love with Juno. Juno maintains an

her feelings are very much reciprocated. Not long

outwardly indifferent attitude toward Paulie, but

after, Juno goes into labor and is rushed to the

when she learns he has asked another girl to the

hospital, where she gives birth to a baby boy. She

upcoming prom, she angrily confronts him. Paulie

had deliberately not told Paulie because of his track

reminds Juno that it is at her request they remain

meet. Seeing her missing from the stands, Paulie

distant and tells her that she broke his heart.

rushes to the hospital, finds Juno has given birth to their son, and comforts Juno as she cries.


long with Knocked Up and

inist ideology, i.e., the irrelevancy of

Diablo Cody was first approached to

Waitress, two other 2007 films

men, especially fathers.” Wesley Morris

write a screenplay by film producer

about women facing unplanned preg-

of The Boston Globe concluded “Juno

Mason Novick, who had previously

nancies, Juno was interpreted by some

serves cool, intelligent girls something

landed her a book deal for her memoir,

critics as having a pro-life theme. Ann

they rarely see in a movie: themselves.”

Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an

Hulbert of Slate magazine believed

Cody said about writing the film,

Unlikely Stripper, after discovering her

that Juno “[undercut] both pro-life and

“Women are clever, women are funny,

blog about stripping. He persuaded her

pro-choice purism.” Jeff Dawson of The

women are sharp, and I wanted to

to adapt the book for the screen, but

Sunday Times believed that the film

show that these girls were human and

suggested that she first write a screen-

was inevitably placed in the “unwant-

not the stereotypical teenage girls that

writing sample to show studios; that

ed pregnancy subgenre” with Knocked

we often see in the media” and “There

sample became Juno. After deciding on

Up and Waitress due to its subject mat-

was a lack of authentic teen girl char-

an adoption storyline, Cody collected

ter but thought that its interpretation as

acters ... I saw writing this screenplay

the stories of adoptees, birth parents

a pro-life film only “muddied the wa-

as an opportunity to create an iconic

and adoptive parents, including that

ters”. Hadley Freeman of The Guardian

female.” Page praised the film for its

of her then-husband, an adoptee who

criticized Juno for “complet[ing] a

positive depiction of teenage girls,

reunited with his birth parents after

hat-trick of American comedies in the

describing Juno’s character as “real-

she wrote the film. She also found

past 12 months that present abortion as unreasonable, or even unthinkable—a telling social sign”, though she noted, “I don’t believe any of these films is consciously designed to be anti-abortion propaganda.” A. O. Scott, writing for The New York Times, agreed that Juno has “an underlying theme, a message that is not anti-abortion but rather pro-adulthood.” Ellen Page commented, “What I get most frustrated at

“I think it’s

because my heart starts pounding when I see you”

inspiration in the story of a close friend who had become pregnant in high school and used some details from her friend’s experience in the film, such as mistreatment from an ultrasound technician. Much of Juno, however, was based on Cody’s own high school experiences: She dated a tic-tac-loving boy similar to Paulie, she was best friends with a cheerleader like Leah, and she used a hamburger phone

is when people call it a pro-life movie,

ly refreshing and allow[ing] for new

identical to the one that appears in the

which is just absurd... The most import-

possibilities in what young women can

film. After writing the screenplay over

ant thing is the choice is there, and the

be” and “honest but original, com-

seven weeks in the Starbucks section

film completely demonstrates that.”

pletely devoid of stereotype”, while

of a Target store in Crystal, Minnesota,

Cody and Page have openly stated that

also highlighting that “Girls haven’t

Cody compared writing to breathing,

they are pro-choice; Reitman thought

had that sort of character before. We

seeing Juno as an extension of herself.

that it was “fantastic” that pro-life and

don’t have our Catcher in the Rye.” She

pro-choice groups were embracing the

criticized the media perception of her

film. He said that “Juno seems to be a

character as a “strong woman”, arguing

mirror, and people [on both sides] see

that if Juno were a male character, the

themselves in it.”

“strength” of the character would not

Other critics labeled Juno as feminist because of its portrayal of Juno as a confident and intelligent teenage girl. Antifeminist Phyllis Schlafly wrote that Juno’s theme “isn’t love, romance, or respect for life, but the triumph of fem-

be considered remarkable. Reitman was interested in the personal/political conflict for Vanessa’s character: “Feminism has paved the way for Vanessa’s career, but ultimately Vanessa wants to be a full time mother.”

As the pregnancy progresses, Juno struggles with the emotions she feels for the baby’s father, Paulie, who is clearly in love with Juno. Juno maintains an outwardly indifferent attitude toward Paulie, but when she learns he has asked another girl to the upcoming prom, she angrily confronts him. Paulie reminds Juno that it is at her request they remain distant and tells her that she broke his heart.

Tri s m t es te r

Time for the Penny Saver


The Mona Lisa smiles of Vanessa and Mark Loring Time to tell the family Time to meet the Lorings


Mark has good tasete in music

The imaculate conception

Lots of Sunny-D and Test Taking That is one doodle that can’t be undid, homeskillet Babies have Fingernails!


Let’s go to Women Now because they help women now


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Mac and Bren aren’t narcs “I always think you’re cute. I think you’re beautiful. Let’s get the band back together Wer were never together Not Katrina. She smells like soup.


Cheesecake or Custard? It’s called nesting

Doctors say the baby is doing fine

Our first family picture

Brenda has fierce nails

Share the lover, Tits!... She is denying me fresh-baked goods

More music with Mark makes a good time

Can you feel it kicking? It’s magical!

Wizzard of Gore

Mark’s music choice is really weird

The Lorings discuss past problems with adoption

But Juno has better taste

Maybe overstepped some boundries We can’t have a dog because of your alergies Pleasent night in PAULIES VROOM Bleeker only vice, Tic-Tacs

Mark hangs up. Smiles. Juno can’t stand the staring. She is convex. Bleeker is going to prom with Katrina De Voort Juno is not jealous. (She actualy is) Bleeker and Juno have a fignt A visit with Mark will make things better The Most Fruitful Yuki Time for a slow dance Mark is leaving Vanessa! Time for him to explain to Vanessa.

Vanesssa, If you’re still in, then I’m still in. – Juno

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Juno leaves a special note

Spring I never realized how much I like home. Bleeker has been the one this whole time. I think it’s because my heart starts pounding when I see you. Thundercats are go!

And then out of nowhere, there it was… There he was. Vanessa has a son. He was always hers. It ended with a chair


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