When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman. Juno (Ellen Page) may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the pregnant teen quickly realizes how little she really knows about life. Thankfully, Juno has been blessed with parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) who trust their daughter’s judgment, and a best friend named Leah (Olivia Thirlby), who’s always willing to help out in a pinch. With a little help from Leah, Juno soon comes into contact with Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) — an affluent suburban couple who have been unable to conceive a child of their own. Mark and Vanessa seem like they would make great parents, and are eager to adopt Juno’s unborn child. Now, as adolescent Juno is faced with a series of very adult decisions, she will draw on the support of her family and friends in order to discover who she truly is, and discover that one bad choice can have a lifetime of consequences. ―MTV.com
Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian-born/American-based film director, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2006), Juno (2007), and Up in the Air (2009).
Reitman was born in Montreal, Quebec, the first of three children of comedy director Ivan Reitman and actress Geneviève Robert, sometimes billed as Geneviève Deloir. He has two younger sisters, Catherine and Caroline. His father, Ivan, directed the successful films Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Kindergarten Cop. Jason described his childhood self as “a loser… a movie geek… [and] shy.” In the late 1980s, Reitman began appearing in small acting parts and serving as a production assistant on his father’s films. He spent time in the editing rooms of his father’s movies, learning the process. Throughout his 20s, instead of accepting offers to make commercial feature films, Reitman began… read more
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