The comedy/drama Juno (2007), starring Ellen Page, with J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney as her dad and stepmom, presents a pretty functional family, something we don’t often see in films. Watch the trailer below:
As you can see, then, there’s the issue of an unplanned pregnancy in adolescence. As is so often the case, the review by Roger Ebert is spot on:
Juno informs her parents in a scene that decisively establishes how original this film is going to be. It does that by giving us almost the only lovable parents in the history of teen comedies: Bren (Allison Janney) and Mac (J.K. Simmons). They’re older and wiser than most teen parents are ever allowed to be, and warmer and with better instincts and quicker senses of humor…How infinitely more human and civilized their response is than all the sad routine “humor” about parents who are enraged at boyfriends.
UPDATE, 8/22/12: The following two scenes are no longer available.
Here’s the scene in which the teenager announces her news:
In the next clip, stepmom Bren and Juno’s friend Leah accompany her to her ultrasound:
As described by Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: “Juno’s dad, Mac MacGuff…and her stepmom, Bren…defy stereotypes by being neither gaga hysterical nor bitingly aloof. Instead, they maintain a level of intelligent concern that makes them helpful partners in Juno’s warmhearted but risky enterprise.”