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“Juno” A Fascinating Movie From Several Perspectives

February 21st, 2009
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I watched Juno the other night. A truly fascinating glimpse into modern culture, but with a twist. It is a sweet love story, with a profoundly pro-life message throughout, whether the director/writer intended it not.The movie does not glamorize, or glorify teen sexuality, but presents a realistic, gritty depiction of the horrendous problems it causes. It affirms marriage and family. The "bad guy" in the movie ends up being a selfish pig of a thirty something who can't grow up. The movie however struck me as affirming morality and traditional life values, but…not sure why. I was intrigued then to find a review that puts its finger precisely on this disturbing aspect of the movie.

I found the movie surprisingly good, and aside from the pro-life, pro-family undercurrents of the movie, the movie was extremely well acted, directed, filmed and edited. And, with the movie comes this delightfully quirky song at the beginning that I really loved. Here is the video of the opening credits during which the song is featured, and the lyrics below.

If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I'd want is you to be my sweet honey bee.
And if I was a tree growing tall and greeen
All I'd want is you to shade me and be my leaves

If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I'd want is you to be my sweet honey bee.
And if I was a tree growing tall and greeen
All I'd want is you to shade me and be my leaves

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were a river in the mountains tall,
The rumble of your water would be my call.
If you were the winter, I know I'd be the snow
Just as long as you were with me, when the cold winds blow.

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were a wink, I'd be a nod
If you were a seed, well I'd be a pod.
If you were the floor, I'd wanna be the rug
And if you were a kiss, I know I'd be a hug

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were the wood, I'd be the fire.
If you were the love, I'd be the desire.
If you were a castle, I'd be your moat,
And if you were an ocean, I'd learn to float.

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

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  1. wcwirla
    February 22nd, 2009 at 09:05 | #1

    Glad to see you discovered Juno. Diablo Cody’s dialogue is simply killer. I have to disagree with the reviewer you linked who grieves the absence of an overt moral framework in the film. I see it oppositely. Juno is a perfect example of “when the Gentiles who have not the Torah do by nature the things required by the Torah.” There’s nothing wrong with doing the right thing because it feels like the right thing to do. That’s what the law written in men’s hearts is all about, and what makes Juno such an uplifting movie. While we may live in a world without an objective moral compass, some pregnant teenager is going to do the right thing in spite of the clueless adults around her.

  2. February 22nd, 2009 at 20:29 | #2

    Good review! I agree, this was a really good movie with a strong pro-life message.

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  4. Mollo
    February 23rd, 2009 at 08:31 | #4

    Do you think this movie would be appropriate for a church library?
    McCain: No, best to be used under close supervision of adults with the opportunity to discuss it afterwards.

  5. Rev. Allen Bergstrazer
    February 28th, 2009 at 11:11 | #5

    Bill,
    That’s an excellent comment. I would however say that the sinful heart takes the Law written there and turns it into “there’s good in everyone.” And so the act of saving a life becomes an act based on human righteousness, not on God’s.
    It is an excellent movie, the music is cute and clever. Its worth using as an example of our culture and to spur discussion.

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