Does Juno Take Teen Pregnancy Lightly?
by Ken Evans
January 10, 2008
During the last few days I have been approached five times by people asking me one question: "Does Juno take teen pregnancy lightly?" I was a caught off guard by this because I had never really thought about it. It probably didn't occur to me since I don't have kids and the people that approached me do. Mostly they wanted to know because their son or daughter wanted to see it and they were concerned. This is an interesting question and I have thought about it quite a bit since discussing it with these concerned parents.
I have seen Juno about three times now and feel I have a firm grasp on the struggles and concepts presented. My final conclusion, and what I told those parents, was that I didn't think Juno took teen pregnancy lightly. The film didn't focus on the struggles she had to endure being pregnant, although it didn't overlook them either. It touched on her dealing with the changes her body was going through, the embarrassing stares and treatment from her classmates, and the sudden responsibilities forcing her to act older then she was. I never got a feeling like the movie was preaching that teen pregnancy isn't that big a deal.
What I really want to know is your thoughts on the subject. For those that have seen it, what did you think? Did you think it portrayed teen pregnancy lightly or as something difficult that must be faced? Let me know the feeling you got walking away from Juno.