I was talking to one of my university friends about the movie "Juno" the other day, she expressed her love for the movie and I expressed my sheer dislike to it.
If "Juno" had any redeeming qualities, I can't think of them because I was so appalled with what a movie that was so popular with teenagers was conveying. "Juno" is a story of a young girl that gets pregnant. This pregnancy appears in the movie to be a not so big of a deal. The movie basically says "if you're a teenager having unprotected sex and get prengnat - no worries. Worst case we'll give the kid up for adoption".
Not only this, there is a complete disregard to the responsibility of the boy who got Juno pregnant to the whole thing. Throughout the entire movie he is in the background, living his life as if nothing had happened, and shows zero to no interest in the pregnancy, in his son.
And when the baby is born and given up for adoption, Juno and the boy who got her prengnat (whose name I can't remember) continue living their lives as if NOTHING had happened.
My biggest worry is that the movie was very popular with teenagers and that Juno was presented as a "cool" girl.
Will this make teenagers think that unprotected sex and unplanned, teenage pregnancies (don't get me wrong, I don't believe in teenage pregnancies, period. Planned or otherwise. Kids shouldn't have kids. I just want to put an emphasis on the fact this WAS unplanned as teenage pregnancies usually are) is okay? That it's not a big deal if it happens? That this is somewhat even cool?
What do you think? Would love to get a little debate about this going on. Maybe I'm the only one who is crazy enough to view this movie in this manner, maybe it's not as bad as I made it out in my head. Let me know what you think.