Juno Stays In Box Office Top Five

Fox Searchlight picked up an indie film called Juno which opened as a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on December 5th. But, this little indie movie is quickly catching on and now finds itself in wide release on close to 2500 screens. It’s doing quite well at the box office and as of this weekend has made an estimated $71 million dollars.

We screened this movie quite some time ago and when we went in, we weren’t really sure what to expect. It’s rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and language. Written by Diablo Cody made us wonder even more what it would be like. After all, Diablo is a former stripper, sex phone operator and sex blogger. What would she do with a high school full of teens and the subject matter of teen pregnancy.

I must admit, we were pleasantly surprised. On the surface Juno has all the makings of a teen sex trap. As a matter of fact, we wondered if it would be nothing more than another agenda driven movie pushing abortion and teen sex running rampant in high schools. Such is not the case at all. It’s really quite the opposite.

Juno is a movie searching for answers concerning true love and true relationships in a society that tends to treat those things as casual and throw away. It would be easy to disregard this movie, but reality is, the movie addresses very real issues in this society of where kids feel like adults are trying to force them to grow up too fast. One great line in the movie comes as the lead character, Juno, arrives back home and her dad asks her what she was doing. Her reply — “I’m dealing with things way beyond my maturity level.” Time and time again through the movie there seems to be an underlying theme of teens asking a very simple question — Why do adults want us to grow up so fast?

Juno is obviously not a family-friendly movie. As a matter of fact, we discover once again the need for another rating. While it’s not deserving of an R rating, PG-13 is not appropriate either. This is a mature movie, dealing with some mature situations. It really is an older teen movie.

But, it doesn’t end there. If you’re a parent with teens in high school, we’re also highly recommending it for you. Go in with open eyes, and open ears. You just might learn something about a society that’s forcing our kids to grow up too quickly, in many arenas, especially in the area of sexuality. The liberal left want us to believe kids need full disclosure and should be allowed to have free sex wherever they go. Reality is, many teens are tired of having such things pushed on them, and really just want to be kids.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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