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  1. Introduction
  2. What is the meaning of philosophy of achievement in the Western world?
  3. A review of contemporary American cinema
  4. How Hollywood works?
  5. An overview of American lifestyle
  6. Juno: The film's plot
    1. The movie talks of abortion as inhuman
    2. The perception of Karma
  7. Teen pregnancy as the integral part of film, Juno
  8. Editorial reviews of the movie
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

Sex, sex, sex, and more sex. We're so egotistic in this country. I remember my adolescent issues teacher in high school raising a question to the class that still resonates with me: ?Does the media dictate the people in society, or do people in society dictate the media?? Sitting in her classroom at first, I knew that the answer she would want sided with her blatant liberal bias. I didn't want the answer to the question to be her answer; I thought it was too easy to blame Fox, Ted Turner, Disney, and Viacom for telling me what's cool and what isn't, what's good for you, what's bad for you, what's truth and what's truth. Sadly enough, the answer's the former. To live in the Western world means our culture follows the philosophy of achievement (money, love, success, happiness). Indeed, we must continue blaming the CEOs, Halliburton, and advertisers for influencing our deep consciousnesses into thinking our lives should be run a certain way to do anything great. Men'll keep drinking beer to meet women and party, and women'll keep drinking Slim-Fast so they can have a self-esteem. We're a quick-fix nation, a ?now? nation. But our ?now? is the now of yearning, the now of what we think we should have in the future. Americans keep seeking external desires that will make us happythat will make us ?feel good.? That's what we all want deep down. To feel good. G-d bless the USA.

[...] It's one word after all. It comes with baggage in traditions, and forms, and selfishness, cultural mindsets. It's simpler than that. Juno wasn't sick because she embraced her sickness. Juno wasn't emotional because she embraced her mood-swings. Juno is giving, and she gives into what she's stuck with. That doesn't make for good drama, so they don't need to show it on the screen. We just learn to love out of the even larger issues. The love in relationships. Pure. [...]


[...] makes me feel like I'm coming into the world for the first time because it doesn't hope to be analyzed. It doesn't even teach me that much. I just appreciate it for showing me the lives of other people who are truthful to themselves. Vanessa wants a kid, Mark wants a life. It's not a divorce, it's a liberation. Juno and Paulie love each other. It's brilliant. Can't we ever just get out of our heads? Can't we ever just fulfill our role in society by seeing and appreciating fully? [...]


[...] I could have only hoped for, not the destination, it's the journey,? but too many well- scripted one-liners compensate for that hope. Given this movie came out around the teen pregnancy of Jamie Lynn Spears, this situation is not all that unbelievable, either. I think back to the late 1950s when Lucille Ball was not even allowed to mention the word, ?pregnant? on television, and I'm stunned. I remember hearing about the controversy when Dan Quayle denounced Candice Bergen for her television role playing Murphy Brown, a successful broadcast journalist raising her child as a single mom. [...]

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