Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

DVD - 2020
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Follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: DVD only edition
Branch Call Number: DVD JOJO RA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned; descriptive audio

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akirakato
Jan 15, 2021

One of the engaging, hilarious, yet heart-wrenching Nazi dramas and an irresistible manga-like story.

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bdehler
Jan 11, 2021

Great movie that takes on Nazism in a humorous way.

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SkyHook
Jan 03, 2021

Ostensibly, a comedic coming-of-age story staged during the downfall of WWII Nazi Germany, as experienced by a burgeoning fanatic Hitler Youth named Jojo. I ended my viewing overly emotional, which was difficult because I found it hard to understand why. I offer five stars on my presumption of understanding. A few well-suited pop songs always pull my strings, and I assume screenwriters thought the book was too dark to present an effective message.

Jojo’s evolution from impressionable imaginative child to aware adolescent is told through many storylines. While failing as a Nazi in practice, he acknowledges his attraction to girls, stands up to his father figure, experiences loss and grief, sees intellectually that all is not as it seems with his fellow Germans, and accepts his occasional childish regression in light of the inconceivable. The telling is not entirely through his eyes, though, so we face the differences between our adult perspectives and his in a variety of scenes. Jojo’s path eventually reaches a painfully obvious climax where he must abandon his old ways or die preserving them in the face of infinite opposing forces.

The advertised imaginary friend Hitler was only the embodiment of Nazism to grow out of, a spectre of childhood, and our protagonist’s best buddy was occasionally there to state the obvious, grounding our hero near moments of digesting his confusion. A notable role was Fräulein Rahm, who made only brief appearances for comedic relief when Nazi fanaticism reached untenable peaks. How better to highlight the surreal brainwashing of children, to send to war, if not by mocking it?

The movie ends with an on screen verse to explain it, and hopefully I got it, that we are stronger than we think and can survive emotional turmoil to carry on. I suppose Nazism needed a war to prove to all the world how wrong it was, and I’ve read that many Hitler Youth needed years to let go of their beliefs. The separation of Hitler Youth from their parents was a great enabler.

Absolutely serendipitous was my timing, watching Jojo on the cusp of Biden’s inauguration, and always too soon after David Bowie’s death.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Dec 30, 2020

A clever way to educate and make light of ugly history without being depressing. Tips on how to deal with bullying ... become the rabit. Taika must be a strange yet very creative person - much of his work is unique in a good way. Poignant poem at the end.

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LauraCampbell
Dec 29, 2020

A mystifying mix of fantasy, fear and silliness. Goosebump-inducing.
I thought "Can we laugh at Hitler?", but I did, the big baby baffoon!
Captivating from start to end (where a German-sung Bowie track closes) with heart -wrenchingly good acting.
Scarlett Johannson has a break-out performance, but not to outshine her much younger counterparts.
One of my favourite moves of the last few years, hands down.

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Caro12
Dec 27, 2020

The movie portrays a 10 year old boy in the waning period of Nazi Germany. It illustrates how indoctrination worked on him, but events make him uncomfortable with it.

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weeksworld
Dec 27, 2020

Wonderful adaptation by Taika Waititi of Christine Leunen's book, "Caging Skies" of a German boy's coming of age during the time of the downfall of Adolph Hitler. Roman Davis is quite believable as a "Hitler Youth" wannabe who confronts the realities of Nazism and the brave, noble efforts of those who defy it. Scarlett Johannson plays his traitorist mother who hides a Jewish girl in her attic. Sam Rockwell plays a jaded German captain of the army who's left to run a camp for the Hitler Youth because of injuries he blames on German incompetence. He later gives up his life to save Jojo. And Taika himself plays a clownish Hitler, who incites all the protagonists' resentment. The ironic thing is all the dialogue is in English while all the pop tunes are in German.
P.S. We see the imbecilic rhetoric of the deluded masses blindly adoring a cult leader and their resultant fall from reality. Now, where do I see that today?

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jmmReads
Dec 21, 2020

We really enjoyed this movie, though it was hardly a laugh out loud sort of comedy (though there are a few moments like that). It's a comedy in the classic sense of a happy ending (or the promise of one). There are some poignant moments and, as a warning, I remember when language like this got The Blues Brothers an R rating. Oh, well. The acting and the satire was superb, though I wonder how much of the satire would need to be explained to a young teen. That's OK, that's what parents are for ;-)

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andreajesse
Dec 13, 2020

I wasn't expecting much except a silly farce. It is that and more. The film is fun to watch with it's many silly characters including an imaginary Hitler. Sam Rockwell gives a wonderful performance as a not-to-dedicated Nazi. Stephen James Merchant is only on screen for a few minutes as a more dedicated Nazi, but he delivers quite a punch. Scarlett Johansson is delightful as Jojo's mother. She recognizes the difficulty of life in Nazi Germany and how to best raise her idealistic young son so that they can survive it and still have some integrity in tact. Rebel Wilson makes an appearance as an over-the-top Nazi matron trying to keep the youth in check. I can't say much about the story without giving much away. Suffice to say, it has more to say than just "Nazis are bad." It is ultimately a heart-felt film with a message of what it means to be joyful. As Bowie might say / sing "Und wir sind dann Helden..."

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danomcd
Dec 07, 2020

My wife watched this alone as I didn't have the time with work. She said that it was amazing and deeply thoughtful.

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JD1992
Sep 06, 2020

Jojo: You'd turn your back on Germany forever?
Elsa: It turned on me first.

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JD1992
Sep 06, 2020

Rosie: You don't know him. He's a fanatic. It took him three weeks to get over the fact that his grandfather was not blond.

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JD1992
Sep 06, 2020

Jojo Betzler: I said to draw where Jews live. This is just a stupid picture of my head.
Elsa Korr: Yeah, that's where we live.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Elsa Korr: I don't know anything about being a woman. Is that what it is? You do things like drinkwine?
Rosie: Sure. You drink. Champagne if you're happy. Champagne, if you're sad. You drive a car. Gamble if you want. Own diamonds. Learn how to fire a gun. You travel to Morocco. Take up lovers. Make them suffer. You look a tiger in the eye. And trust without fear. That's what it is to be a woman.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

You're not a Nazi, Jojo. You're a ten-year-old kid who likes dressing up in a funny uniform and wants to be part of a club.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Rosie: Love is the strongest thing in the world.

Jojo Betzler: I think you'll find that metal is the strongest thing in the world, followed closely by dynamite, and then muscles.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Jojo Betzler: Nothing makes sense anymore.

Yorki: Yeah, I know, definitely not a good time to be a Nazi.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2020

38 quotes in IMDb already. However, equally memorable are those quotes in many scenes as comic exclamations, e.g. the kicks exhibited by Jojo and Rosie. Other examples are when Jojo and Yorki reunited during the liberation battle:

Jojo?
-Yorki! Thank God. I thought you were dead.
No. It seems like I can never die. I'm gonna go home and see my mother. I need a cuddle.

Or the scene after this simple quote between Jojo and Elsa:

What do we do now?

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JackieDaytona
Apr 30, 2020

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Feb 22, 2020

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Jan 14, 2020

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