Juno sets: Contradictory neighborhood stereotypes in an Oscar-nominated film

It’s Oscar week, so here’s my themed entry:

I hadn’t heard of the film when Juno was nominated for several Academy Awards. So, I went to youtube to watch the trailer. Less than a minute into the preview, I nearly fell off my chair, seeing a popular park near my house. Suddenly realized that this movie was filmed in Vancouver.

From watching the trailer and other available footage online, I noticed something rather intriguing. The supposedly lower-middle class areas in the movie, were actually filmed in the older, gentrifying Kitsilano and Grandview areas of Vancouver where after the sharp price increases over the past 7 years, a typical single family home will now cost around $1 Million or more.

The fictional gated community where the adopting couple live looks like it was filmed in a suburb — I’ve heard they used either Surrey and Coquitlam, both about 30 minutes east of Vancouver. Those new, large suburban homes — not quite mcmansions – probably fetch about $700 – $800K.

If this movie actually took place in Vancouver, instead of suburban Minneapolis, maybe they’d have to reverse the scenes. Pregnant Juno would be taking the bus and Skytrain from Walnut Grove into downtown to visit the childless couple at their fancy condominium.

If this move took place in the near-future USA, perhaps the lower-middle class family would be living in a crime-ridden suburb of mostly vacant mc-houses.

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