The director of “Juno” is celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary in the most awesome, feminist way, and it benefits Planned Parenthood
We can’t believe it’s been a decade, but Juno is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, and doing it in grand fashion — with a live, on-stage reenactment of the film. And even better than that? The cast will be 100% female. Yeah. That’s happening. Get excited.
Plus, the one-night-only live performance, happening in Los Angeles on April 8th, is a fundraiser, with the money raised going directly to Planned Parenthood. Can you say girl power?!
Both Jennifer Garner and Ellen Page will be participating in the performance, but Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, and J.K. Simmons will be absent from the line up, obviously. Instead, women will fill those roles.
The film’s Oscar-winning director, Jason Reitman, told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, “Like many other people, I felt like I wanted to do something. I wanted to find a way to contribute to the causes that have never felt more important.”
He added, "It occurred to me that I have this show that could be used as a tool to not only raise money for causes that need the help, but could serve as an opportunity for a group like Planned Parenthood to connect with an audience who can be presented with new ideas, or even an action item."
We can’t think of a more appropriate cultural and political moment for this project!
Interestingly, many anti-abortion advocates tout Juno as a “pro-life” film. But, says Reitman, “If there was any confusion about whether Juno was pro-choice or pro-life, this [Planned Parenthood benefit show] should settle that.” He adds, “Juno had a choice, and that was the most important part.”