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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    With its original performances that can't be reduced to simplistic labels, Juno is charming, honest and terrifically acted.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A fresh, quirky, unusually intelligent comedy.

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  • 80

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's a comedy of crisp, mordant wit and quietly radiating warmth, as well as a coming-of-age story with a lovely twist -- you can't always spot the best candidates for maturity.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Cody's dialogue has a definite rhythm and Reitman directs his actors to deliver the words in the rapid-fire precision of a '30s screwball comedy. Indeed all scenes develop a rhythm and inner logic that bring the movie to often startling revelations and insights.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A blithe charmer balanced somewhere between a life-should-be-so-neat fairy tale and a life's-a-real-bitch tragicomedy, leaves political debate at the ticket counter and focuses solely on what it's like for Juno MacGuff to be Juno MacGuff.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Brilliant teen pregnancy comedy, but iffy for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-written, warmhearted comedy tackles a very serious subject: teen pregnancy. It has real bite, as well as frank sex talk and some swearing, which makes it iffy for younger viewers. But there's plenty here to appeal to older teens -- not the least of which is Superbad's Michael Cera, who co-stars. Unlike a lot of teen-centric Hollywood fare, the film doesn't condescend. Even its treatment of teen pregnancy, which may appear cavalier at first, comes across as sensitive and mature in the end.

  • Families can talk about teen sex and pregnancy. Can you think of other movies and TV shows that have tackled these subjects? How does this film approach the topics differently? Does Juno's journey seem realistic? What about how she handles her situation? Do you think things would be likely to work out similarly in real life? What are your family's beliefs about teen sex? Are teens and parents in agreement or not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Teens engage in premarital sex and don't appear to treat their virginity very seriously. Serious issues, such as abortion, are treated with irreverence. But little of it feels disrespectful; rather, it appears to reflect a general sense of hyperawareness among today's teens. Despite her jaded exterior, Juno is intelligent, resilient, and resourceful, and ultimately acts out of concern and love.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Nothing but verbal sparring.

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    Sex: Plenty of talk -- this is, after all, a movie about a teenager who gets pregnant -- but little is seen onscreen. There are flashes of a 16-year-old's bare legs and hints that she and her partner have removed their underwear, but there's no real nudity (though the boy takes his shirt off, the girl keeps hers on). Words like "humping" are bandied about to discuss hookups, some of which are described as "magnificent." A young couple kisses tenderly.

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    Language: Strong for a PG-13. Language is both colorful (lots of variations on the words "s--t," as well as uses of "a--hole," "bastard," and "dick") and creative ("f--ketty"). Juno flashes the finger once.

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    Consumerism: Juno drinks from a bottle of Sunny D (label clearly visible); mentions of Smirnoff Ice, Boons, Adderall, Sonic Youth, Pellegrino, and Vitamin water. Much swooning over guitar brands like Les Paul and Fender.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Discussion of both drinking and taking drugs, but no glimpses of actual use of either. Juno mentions selling her Adderall (an ADD drug).