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Juno by Diablo Cody (movie-script, illustrated)


Juno by Diablo Cody (illustrated)
Sixteen year-old Juno MacGuff learns that she's pregnant from a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend, Paulie Bleeker. Juno and Paulie like each other, but don't consider themselves to be exclusive boyfriend/girlfriend.
Although she would rather not be pregnant, Juno is fairly pragmatic about her situation, whilst Paulie is content to leave all the decisions about the baby to Juno.
In this scene, Juno has to tell her father, Mac, and stepmother, Bren, that she is pregnant. Leah, her best friend, is on hand to add support if necessary.

INTERIOUR. MACGUFF HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - AFTERNOON
Bren and MAC are seated on the couch. Leah is standing nearby
for reinforcements. Juno paces nervously, trying to suss out
how to break the massive news.

JUNOalt
I have no idea how to spit this
out.
BREN
Hon, did you get expelled?
JUNO
No. The school would probably
contact you in the event of my
expulsion.
BREN
Well, I was just asking. It seemed
plausible.
MAC
Do you need a large sum of money?
Legal counsel?
JUNO
No, no, I’m definitely not asking
for anything. Except maybe mercy.
Like, it would be really great if
nobody hit me.
MACalt
What have you done, Junebug? Did
you hit someone with the Previa?
LEAH
Best to just tell them, man. Rip
off the Band-Aid and let it bleed.
JUNO
I’m pregnant.
Bren and Mac are predictably speechless.
BREN
Oh, God...
JUNO
But I’m going to give it up for
adoption. I already found the perfect
people.
Leah presents the Penny Saver photos of the Lornings.
JUNO (CONT’D)
They say they’re going to pay my
medical expenses and everything. I
promise this will all be resolved
in thirty-odd weeks, and we can
pretend it never happened.
MAC
You’re pregnant?alt
JUNO
I’m so sorry, you guys. If it’s any
consolation, I have heartburn
that’s like, radiating down to my
kneecaps and I haven’t gone number
two since Wednesday. Morning!
BREN
(interrupting)
I didn’t even know you were
sexually active!
Juno cringes upon hearing her most-hated term.
MAC
Who is the kid?
JUNO
The baby? I don’t know anything
about it yet. I only know it’s got
fingernails, allegedly.
BREN
Nails? Really?
MAC
No, I mean the father! Who’s the
father, Juno?
JUNO
Oh. It’s, well, it’s Paulie
Bleeker.
Bren and Mac burst into shocked laughter.alt
JUNO
What?
MAC
Paulie Bleeker? I didn’t know he
had it in him!
BREN
(giggling)
He just doesn’t look, well, virile.
LEAH
I know, right?
MAC
Okay, this is no laughing matter.
(indignant)
No, it’s not. Paulie is virile, by
the way. He was very good
in...chair.
Leah fires a be quiet glance at Juno.
MAC
Did you say you were thinking about
adoption?
JUNO
Yeah, well, there’s this couple
who’ve been trying to have a baby foralt
five years.
LEAH
We found them in the Penny Saver by
the exotic birds section.
Bren looks understandably alarmed. Juno hastily attempts
to make the situation sound more legitimate.
JUNO
But they have a real lawyer and
everything. I’m going to meet with
them next weekend.
BREN
Junebug, that is a tough, tough
thing to do. Probably tougher than
you can understand right now.
JUNO
Well, I’m not ready to be a mom.
MAC
Damn skippy, you’re not! You don’t
even remember to give Liberty Bell
her breathing meds.
JUNO
Once! And she didn’t die, if you
recall!
BREN
Honey, had you considered, you
know, the alternative?
Leah and Juno exchange glances.
No.
BREN
Well, you’re a brave young lady.alt
You’re made of stronger stuff than
I thought. You’re a little Viking!
JUNO
Cool it.
BREN
First things first, we have to get
you healthy. You need prenatal
vitamins. Incidentally, they’ll do
incredible things for your nails, so
that’s a plus. Oh, and we need to
schedule a doctor’s appointment. Find
out where you’re going to deliver.
JUNO
The term “deliver” is so weird. Can
we not say “deliver”?
LEAH
How does “crap it out” sound?
MAC
Juno, I want to come with you to
meet these adoption people. You’re
just a kid. I don’t want you to get
ripped off by a couple of babystarved
wingnuts.
JUNO
Sure, Dad.
Mac nods, satisfied, then contemplates the situation
dismally.
MAC
I thought you were the kind of girl
who knew when to say when.
JUNO
I have no idea what kind of girl I
am.alt
BREN
(sensing tension)
Why don’t you girls go upstairs for
a while? I think Mac’s gonna blow.
Juno and Leah hightail it upstairs.
MAC
Just tell it to me straight, Bren.
Do you think this is my fault? Her
mother’s fault?
BREN
I think kids get bored and have
intercourse. And I think Junebug
was a dummy about it. But we have
to move on from here and help her
figure it out.
MAC
I’m not ready to be a Pop-Pop.
BREN
You’re not going to be a Pop-Pop.
And Juno’s not going to be a ma.
Somebody else is going to find a
precious blessing from Jesus in
this garbage dump of a situation. I
friggin’ hope.
MAC
(conspiratorially)
Did you see it coming when she sat
us down here?
BREN
Oh God yeah. But I was hoping shealt
was expelled or into hard drugs.
MAC
That was my first instinct too. Or
D.W.I. Anything but this. And I’m
going to punch that Bleeker kid in
the weiner the next time I see him.
BREN
Oh Mac, no! He’s a sweet kid. You
know it wasn’t his idea.
Mac shrugs in agreement.