Juno And Knocked Up: Movie Analysis

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Unplanned pregnancies have been a taboo trend all throughout history, no matter what background, culture, or class. The mother, in almost every case, is criticized by her friends, family, and peers and it is difficult to find the support she needs. Often times the mother is deemed an outcast and impure and must deal with various accusations and insults. In this kind of situation, the most important thing is to have support both emotionally and financially. This is where class is an important factor because each has its own expectations and values such as reputation and personal success. The two 2007 movies Juno and Knocked Up are both examples of how class affects the outcome of unplanned pregnancy and obstacles that must be overcome. In the film Juno, the protagonist is still in high school and underage, so she has a lot of social pressure to deal with already along with her not fitting into the normal teenage girl scene. Her father works in air conditioning and her mother works in a salon, and Juno’s clothing throughout the film is old and possibly hand-me-downs, so it is apparent that she does not…show more content…
She is more worried about how her pregnancy can ruin her career, reputation, and body. Like her mother, she must have everything in control and when things go wrong, she cannot handle it. When she first realizes she might be pregnant, Alison takes a ridiculous number of pregnancy tests because she cannot accept that she let herself make such a mistake, especially because the baby is a product of a one night stand with a less than desirable guy from the club. When she and Ben, the father, are at the gynecologist she bursts into tears when he confirms that she is pregnant. Her perfect life is falling apart and she cannot do anything to help it, she becomes erratic and obsessive because of the high expectations she holds herself to due to her
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