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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Several, particularly regarding Vanessa, Mark, and Juno herself.
    • With Mark, is he a deadbeat who doesn't want to face responsibility, or is he someone who is tired of being in a relationship where he's forced to conform to everything his wife wants?
    • Vanessa seems to be a motherly type. She has taken the role in her relationship with Mark as an overbearing parent who decides what's best for her child. One wonders if it will translate to her being an actual mother. Some Fridge Horror to think about if one has seen Jennifer Garner in that other Jason Reitman movie, where she plays an overprotective mother who ends up driving a teen boy to suicide for the crime of talking to her daughter.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Becoming pregnant at such a young age doesn't seem to faze Juno all that much, but then, she is an overly-flippant teen. Averted later following the delivery, where — whether it boils down to grief, exhaustion, crashing hormones, or some combination of all three — she seems actually relatively upset.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack. Barry Louis Polisar's "All I Want Is You" and The Moldy Peaches' "Anyone Else But You" are now inseparable from the movie. Sonic Youth's version of "Superstar" is also memorable.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Vanessa is either The Woobie who wants to be a mother or a Machiavellian, self-centered Jerkass who isn't as altruistic as she presents herself. There's seemingly no gray area; people who see the film are either with her or against her.
    • Mark is also either The Woobie, or a tremendously selfish Jerkass.
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  • Epileptic Trees: Since the actor's coming out, many fans have imagined the character Juno growing up to become a lesbian herself.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: One of most contentious examples in recent years; more than a few people have very dark interpretations of where Vanessa's relationship with Juno's son might lead. Though Vanessa is painted sympathetically for her desire for motherhood, many viewers have expressed doubt if she's really up to the task, seeing her faults as a character and her treatment of Mark as rather ominous indicators.
  • Genius Bonus: While the movie mentions that Juno's named after the Roman goddess Juno, it doesn't mention that one of the main domains of the goddess is childbirth.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: With the economic recession of 2008 occurring just a year after the film's release, the future of Juno's son in Vanessa's hands can be seen as particularly bleak.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • After Ellen Page came out, it's ironic that Juno suggests giving the baby to "a couple of nice lesbos" and comments that she thinks the name Madison is "kinda gay". Page has also suggested that her character would eventually have come out too given enough time.
    • J. K. Simmons and Allison Janney playing Juno's Open Minded Parents (well, open-minded stepmother in Janney's case) is hilarious now that they both have won Oscars in Supporting Roles for playing horribly abusive, foul-mouthed mentors: Simmons as Terrence Fletcher in Whiplash and Janney as Lavona Harding in I, Tonya.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Not by a whole lot, but pregnancy fetishists have a great admiration for this movie, especially the scene in which Juno enthusiastically rolls up her shirt for Vanessa at the mall.
    • And then there are those that use the film as a tool to promote pro-life or pro-choice arguments with regards to abortion, when Word of God indicates that the film was meant to be neutral on the subject.
  • No Yay: Mark and Juno. More than one viewer might have thought this movie was about to take a turn into much creepier adulterous May–December Romance territory with the way Mark kept being so friendly to Juno and the way she kept spending time alone with him, but no, that's not what happens.
  • Ron the Death Eater/The Scrappy: Vanessa is subject to this by haters of the film. Mark is by many people too.
  • Squick: "All I see is pork swords.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • We're supposed to sympathize with Juno, who becomes pregnant at an early age. However, she seems oblivious to the consequences, doesn't think it's such a big deal, and it all works out for her in the end... kind of.
    • Vanessa could count, depending on your point of view. Though the movie presents her in a positive light, many audience members found her character traits and behavior off-putting.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • A mild case. The film came out right before hipsters were marked as Acceptable Targets, so within the span of about a year the middle-class teenager with a penchant for vintage clothes, indie music, and witty one-liners went from being endearing to insufferable.
    • Juno says "kinda gay" to describe the name Madison, a terminology that won't sit well in this day and age with LGBT people. Page, who has since come out as a lesbian herself, regrets it.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Political:
    • In the same vein as Misaimed Fandom above, there are pro-life activists who use the film as a tool against abortion, although Diablo Cody and Ellen Page are both pro-choice. Cody has expressed regret over this; she says that Juno choosing not to have an abortion was a personal decision, not a commentary that abortion was automatically wrong in every situation.
    • Likewise, critics have interpreted the film as being covertly right-wing; the actions of most of the characters (barring Mark) never fall outside of the framework of conservative American values, such as the importance of personal responsibility, hard work, and family.
  • The Woobie: Depending on whom you ask, Vanessa and/or Mark.


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