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Ellen Page lays the smack down on the Juno abortion debate

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The whole Is-this-movie-pro-life-or-pro-choice? debate that snarled up around Knocked Up and Waitress and was resurrected with the popularity of Juno always seemed a bit tedious, even to an ex-film-kid like myself who was well-schooled in writing earnest feminist critiques of Halloween III or great sociological musings on Porky’s. I mean, I could dig the people who just sort of level-headedly examined the treatment of abortion in the films. But then you had some pro-lifers ready to give Apertow and Cody merit badges and membership pins and some pro-choicers cursing them because their characters didn’t get abortions, and it just seemed very silly that either side would see the absense of abortion in these films as apropos of anything since, you know, that particular plot point was kind essential to these films existing in the first place. Film scripts aren’t written about things not-happening (that’s reserved for theater).

Anyway, I was glad to see that Ellen Page, it seems, would agree:

Is “Juno” a pro-life movie?

Not in the slightest, and if you knew me and if you knew the writer and the director, no one would ever say that. It happens to be a film about a girl who has a baby and gives it to a yuppie couple. That’s what the movie’s about. Like, I’m really sorry to everyone that she doesn’t have an abortion, but that’s not what the film is about. She goes to an abortion clinic and she completely examines all the opportunities and all the choices allowed her and that’s obviously the most crucial thing. It’s as simple as that.

I like how she gets it in there that Juno had choices, and therefore the actual choice that she made it totally irrelevant, while still managing to sound completely exasperated by the whole debate.


Written by ENB

February 20, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Posted in Feminism

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