Juno What You Want to Hear…
by Pastor James Harleman
“I need to know that it’s possible that two people can stay happy together forever…”
Jason Reitman, the brilliant Director that gave us Thank You for Smoking, shot Juno in just 31 days. It was the highest-grossing film of all five Best Picture Oscar nominees (2008). Writer Diablo Cody won for the Award for Best Original Screenplay.
I know that, as a Christian, I’m expected to talk about the movie’s controversial handling of whether or not “all babies like to get borned…” but let’s be honest people, the baby is a macguffin; the real issues that this film gives birth to ultimately address finding one’s identity, and the seemingly hopeless nature of love.
“I’m just like losing my faith with humanity. I just wonder if two people can stay together for good.”
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. While the movie focuses on the women, one real issue seems to be “what’s wrong with our men”? The men in the film don’t act, and at best REact. I unpacked this and other facets of the story at a local film event… (includes spoilers, watch film first!)
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