Director: Kim Ho-joon
Screenplay: Kim Ho-joon
Cast: Kim Hye-sung, Park Min-ji
Runtime: 108 min
Trailer: on YouTube
There is something very charming about this film which tells the story of two fifteen-year olds, Jenny (Park Min-ji) and Juno (Kim Hye-sung), who fall in love and, after a night spent together, end up having to face up to the reality of Jenny having become pregnant. Their love, from beginning to end, is very innocent – Juno’s “That can happen?” reaction to Jenny telling him she is pregnant from “that one time at your house” says it all – but it is also very sincere, pure and sweet, which is why one will quickly find oneself cheering for this couple.
Jenny and Juno do not have the life experience to fully grasp all the implications (and complications) of what they are dealing with, but they also do not have any of prejudices. They initially hide the pregnancy from everyone, and tackle the problem themselves by taking care of each other – whether that is by Juno ransacking his family fridge for healthy food to bring to Jenny, or by sneaking glimpses of maternity classes together. By the time their parents finally find out, Jenny and Juno’s trust in and love for each other is strong and reveals they may better equipped to handle the situation than perhaps their families. They have decided they want the child, want to raise it well and will do everything within their means to make it happen. This does not mean that they are able to do it alone, but their approach somehow seems more sensible than the solutions the shocked parents devise to save face rather than to support the young couple.
Yes, Jenny and Juno views teenage pregnancy through rather rose-coloured glasses and the ending is a little rushed and dramatically overdone, but it is a heartwarming film as Jenny and Juno are absolutely lovely.
The film stars Park Min-jin her first role, while the baby-faced Juno is played by Kim Hye-sung, a young Korean actor to watch. He is currently serving his obligatory two-year stint in the army, but given the interesting film choices he has made in his career so far (the gay-themed, dialogue-less short 소년, 소년을 만나다/Boy Meets Boy from 2008 in particular comes to mind) I will be looking forward to his return.