Wednesday, June 25, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --

Jason Bateman has come to the defense of the Oscar-nominated film, “Juno,” claiming the movie should not bare blame for the flood of teen pregnancies in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Last week, Dr. Joseph Sullivan, the principal at Gloucester High School told Time magazine, a “bump” in teen pregnancies at his school – from 10 earlier this year to 17 — had to do with “seven or eight sophomore girls.”

“They made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together,” Sullivan said.

As the media quickly honed in on the story, it was branded “the Juno effect” and commentators openly discussed whether the film, which starred Ellen Page and Bateman, along with the teen pregnancy of Jamie Lynn Spears, who at 17, became a mother last week, affected the Gloucester girls, who so far have remained silent.

Bateman said. “I think people should look to other areas of their life for lessons and guidance, mainly parents, or teachers, or friends, or whomever. That should probably be where you should point your eyes and ears.”