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(2007)

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It was challenging to show all four seasons within a 30-day filming schedule. Solutions included digitally darkening spring cherry blossoms to look like summer flowers and having crew members off camera throw falling silk leaves for autumn. There was a fluke snowstorm (unusual for March in Vancouver) and three different shots were coordinated that day before the snow could melt. Since fake snow can be expensive to put in a shot, this saved the film considerable money for the winter scenes.
J.K. Simmons said that he was so impressed with the script that he would have been happy just to play the teacher who has no spoken dialogue - anything to appear in the film.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day enjoyed Bren's line "You didn't have to drive out to east Jesus nowhere" so much that on Green Day's album 21st Century Breakdown he wrote a song called "East Jesus Nowhere".
It was the highest-grossing film of all five Best Picture Oscar nominees (2008).
Jennifer Garner dropped her A-list salary to a percentage point agreement for Juno when it was expected to be a small, low-grossing indie film, but the decision paid off when Juno became a breakout smash at the box office - giving Garner her best payday yet.
Michael Cera discovered that he could not successfully take a mouthful of tic-tacs and then say his lines. So he simply put the box up to his mouth but didn't ingest any of the candy.
Shot in 31 days.
The comic book "Most Fruitful Yuki" is a Japanese manga series. In 2001, it was published as a one-shot comic, but following its appearance in this movie, it has subsequently been translated into many languages (including English) and has gained a cult following.
Ellen Page came up with Juno's hairstyle of the ponytail with long bangs on the sides of her face and did her own hair every day.
The hamburger phone in the movie is owned by the writer, Diablo Cody.
According to Jason Reitman, in the final scene where Vanessa is drinking, it was real wine. When they finish shooting the scene, Jennifer Garner was a little bit drunk.
Juno's handwritten message in Bleeker's yearbook was actually written by Diablo Cody.
Ellen Page suggested that her character Juno would be a fan of the music by Kimya Dawson and The Moldy Peaches.
At one point before Juno visits Mark, he is sitting at his computer reading Diablo Cody's (the movie's screenwriter) real-life blog, known as "The Pussy Ranch".
Jason Bateman's character, Mark Loring, struggles with the idea of becoming a father. In real life, just before the movie was shot, Bateman's wife had just given birth to their first child.
Jason Bateman and Michael Cera worked together previously playing father and son in the television series, Arrested Development.
Jason Reitman used the different seasons to frame the story in because he thought they mirrored the three trimesters of Juno's pregnancy.
The scene where Juno pulls the van over and cries on the side of the road was added after filming had already been completed and Ellen Page had gotten a hair cut. She is wearing a fake ponytail and her long bangs were trimmed into more of a face-frame cut that is visible in the shot.
The original title of the film was going to be "Junebug", but was changed so it would not be confused with Amy Adams' Junebug (2005).
Jennifer Garner recommended Jason Bateman for the role of Mark Loring after working with him in the movie The Kingdom (2007).
The "pork swords" on the track team were achieved by hanging balls from the inside waist band of their shorts. Director Jason Reitman then asked the boys to kick up their knees as they ran so the balls would bounce.
The animated opening title sequence was created by a company called Shadowplay and the shots of Ellen Page walking were achieved by having her walk on a treadmill which was later removed.
No cell phones are used in the movie.
The first film released by Fox Searchlight Pictures to gross the $100 million mark at the box office.
The hamburger phone also turns up in Bleeker's room, and can be seen clearly in the background.
Director Jason Reitman mentions on the DVD audio commentary that several objects in Bleeker's room, including a Hebrew alphabet poster on his door, a framed Bar Mitzvah certificate on his wall, and a dreidel on his shelf, are supposed to indicate that Bleeker is Jewish.
Juno was the Roman Goddess of childbirth and marriage. The name "Juno" also has other meanings for Canadians (where Juno was filmed and a number of cast and crew - such as Ellen Page, Michael Cera and Jason Reitman - were born). "Juno" was the code name of the beach where Canadian troops landed on D-Day. Approximately 1000 Canadian soldiers were injured or killed on D-Day while capturing this beach. "Juno" is also the name of the annual Canadian music awards (similar to the U.S. Grammy awards).
Olivia Thirlby originally auditioned for the lead but was eventually cast as "Leah".
When searching for potential parents for her baby, Juno says she's looking for someone cool "like a graphic designer." In real life, both star Ellen Page's father and Diablo Cody's ex-husband are graphic designers.
The song that Mark and Juno play and sing together is "Doll Parts" by Hole. The song that Bleeker and Juno play together at the end of the film is "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches.
The compact disc from which Mark plays "Superstar" by Sonic Youth is "If I Were a Carpenter", a 1994 compilation of covers of The Carpenters' songs.
The pregnantly rounded minivan driven by Juno is a Toyota Previa. These were last manufactured in 1997, but are still quite common in Vancouver where the film was shot.
Rated 12A in the UK, but raised to 15 on DVD due to added material (Ellen Page swearing in the outtakes), sharing the same rating as Ireland.
The "stupid" T-shirt Mark is wearing is for the album 'Superunknown' by Soundgarden.
In Juno's locker there is a sticker for punk band Bad Religion.
Director Jason Reitman had intended to make the scene in which Juno loads up her tray in the school lunch line as tribute to a scene in Animal House (1978), which was produced by his father Ivan Reitman. But he decided against it because this would have changed the tone of the scene.
All of the phone numbers begin with 55501 (which are the only numbers now reserved for movie/TV use) except for the number Juno dials early in the movie, which begins with 5555.
WILHELM SCREAM: When Juno and Mark are watching a horror movie.
Several of the actors in the film have appeared in movie adaptations of Marvel comics. Ellen Page played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), J.K. Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man trilogy, and Jennifer Garner played Elektra in Daredevil (2003) and Elektra (2005). Michael Cera played Scott Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
Mark and Vanessa's last name in the film, Loring, is also the name of a popular park in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Writer Diablo Cody lived in Minneapolis for a time.
Bren MacGuff, Juno's step-mom, has a nail parlor called "Bren's Ten." This is a reference to the Bren-Ten pistol, which was Don Johnson's sidearm of choice as Sonny Crockett in the '80s TV show "Miami Vice."
Most of the posters in Juno's bedroom are by Tara McPherson.
Brad Silberling was originally set to direct but left over creative differences.
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