Toronto Film Festival: Ellen Page on Juno's lasting influence

From BBC - September 13, 2017

Ten years on from the release of Juno, film fans reckon they have spotted its influence reaching far beyond the box office.

The movie, about a teenage girl falling pregnant unexpectedly, was something of a surprise hit in 2007 after it received a standing ovation at its Toronto Film Festival premiere.

It went on to take $231m (175m) globally on a $7m (5.3m) budget and notched up four Oscar nominations, winning one for best original screenplay.

But now some have noticed a potential link between the film's release and the number of teen pregnancies in the US.

The birth rate among girls aged between 15 and 19 is at an all-time low, having fallen sharply since 2007, according to the latest government statistics.

One comment posted on social media pointing out the correlation between the drop and the release of Juno received more than 28,000 retweets.

"I felt [the film's impact] in aspects when we were making it," says actress Ellen Page, who played the title role.

"At that time, a lead teenage girl in a movie even getting to dress like that felt a feat, when I was like 'I am wearing this flannel'."


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