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Juno analysis

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Juno analysis

  1. 1. Zara Yaffe Level 3 Media Juno Analysis Juno, 2008, is a comedy romance film directed by Jason Reitman about a sixteen year old girl, Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) that unexpectedly fell pregnant by a boy, Paulie Bleaker (Michael Cera) the same age. The storyline of Juno follows up Juno’s pregnancy who decides from the very beginning of her pregnancy that she is unable to bring up a child herself and so the baby boy later gets given away and up for adoption to a lady called Vanessa (Jennifer Garner). This film was originally a PG which was then debated and eventually passed as a PG 13 and later received critical acclaim and Oscar nominations. The reasons for this include the sexual references made throughout the film, although there is no nudity or sexual content, it mainly revolves around the fact she fell pregnant, in reference to the phrases used such as “boners” and ‘condoms that “make his balls smell like pie”’. Some sex scenes are not shown but are implied through the characters’ dialogue and actions but the viewer has to read between the lines to understand the hints given to show and suggest the implied sex scene. This then leads onto the next point, which is imitable behaviour. Examples of this imitable behaviour include underage sex and teenage pregnancy which isn’t usually healthy at all times for minors to view, as well as a passing mention of hard drugs and the sight of Juno giving another character ‘the finger’ . Strong language is allowed if it is considered ‘infrequent’ as the word “f**k” has only been used twice in Juno, in spite of the fact that this could actually shock young viewers, which is a reason in itself to be classified as PG 13, but this could also be imitated by vulnerable minors which is inappropriate. In Juno, there is a short clip of the horror film “The Wizard of Gore” shown on the television of the adoptive parents’ which is gory, graphic and vivid with some sight of blood and guts, which could mentally disturb young viewers even though there isn’t a strong focus. The purpose of this classification which is PG 13 is therefore verified as young viewers may be influenced and take up bad habits and behaviour from this film if they are vulnerable. I enjoyed the film ‘Juno’ directed by Jason Reitman due to the fact the two protagonists in it are the same age as me and so I can relate to them even though it is not in every sense, as I haven’t been (and won’t be) pregnant, I can relate to what they’re going through in school and such. The film is therefore relatable to teenagers in the 21st century. The music played throughout the film is by a singer named Kimya Dawson. Her songs are very heart felt and create a connection with the viewers as they’re minimal background music to her songs and it’s usually just her voice with a guitar or something similar to that in the background and therefore you can focus purely on her voice and nothing else which encouraged me enjoy the film even more. The featured songs in Juno are: Bésame Mucho, Crazy on You, Reminders of Then, Doll Parts,12/26, Why Bother, Once I Loved, I Like Giants.
  2. 2. Zara Yaffe Level 3 Media Another film I particularly enjoy is the thriller ‘Hard Candy’ made in 2005. This film coincidentally stars Ellen Page as the protagonist as does Juno. Ellen Page is an excellent actress and stars in many other films too after her breakthrough in 2005 from Juno, such as X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Inception (2010) as well as many other well-known films. Juno has won an astounding 18 awards, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe award. As well as winning 18 awards, it was also nominated for another 10. Michael Cera stars in 30 films in total, including popular ones such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in 2010 and What Katy Did in 1999, as well as obviously Juno in 2007. Michael Cera has also been a star of 21 different television shows, such as a voice in The Simpsons in 2012 and more recently in a programme named ‘How and Why’ from 2014 which is running at this present time. Juno received a rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81% rating on Metacritic, although this seems to be a film that either you love or you hate. The point was proven by the students in my class as other students that watched it either said it was awful or it was amazing. The distributor of this famous film is Fox Searchlight Pictures, who are known well for distributing other films such as Black Swan (2010) which is a thriller, 500 Days of Summer (2009) which is a romantic comedy-drama and also Never Let Me Go (2010) which is a British dystopian science fiction drama film. Fox Searchlight Pictures, established in 1994, is an American film distribution company within the Fox Entertainment Group, a sister company of the larger Fox studio 20th Century Fox. The founder of Fox Searchlight Pictures was Thomas Rothman in 1994 in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America. The budget of Juno by Fox Starlight Pictures was $6.5 million which is an extra ordinate amount of money but was paid off by the incredible income from it which was a massive $231,411,584. Fox Starlight Pictures seem to have a record of doing extremely well as the income compared to what their budget was for the film always has such a positive difference that they make so much more money than what they spend. For example, 500 Days of Summer’s budget was $7.5 million and the gross worldwide from this was $60,722,734. When comparing these figures to the Juno figures, we see how successful the Juno film has actually been, raking in a massive $224,911,584 in profit in comparison to 500 Days of Summer which raked in $53,222,734.