Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

DVD - 2020
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A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose worldview 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: [United States] :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, 2020
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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knobbyknees69
Oct 18, 2020

Chose not to wade through what started to not be funny, ending after 5 minutes---where some guy was beginning to spew words to kids at a camp---to possibly find it better than I thought. Not even at a half star for me actually...as well agreeing with RescueDog's report.

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RescueDog
Oct 02, 2020

I don’t see anything funny about Nazis. The more people see them as comical, the more likely it is for history to repeat.

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SusieSauerkraut
Sep 25, 2020

I started watching this movie thinking that I would not like it. However, the acting and the story won me over. Quite an original movie, and very well executed.

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stevania_k
Sep 18, 2020

Great movie! Smart and funny. He addressed serious issue and told the story from very different angle. I think he used Nazi for wider picture that could happen in any other parts of the world in different circumstances, the setting was not in Germany and the scenery didn’t have the german nuance at all except the nazi sign.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Sep 10, 2020

Not really my cup of tea but it was quite well done. It did make me cry at one point.

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maipenrai
Sep 09, 2020

As a frequent reader of WWII / Holocaust literature and history I regarded this film with a great deal of skepticism. Humor and the Third Reich seem mutually exclusive to me. I should have remembered Charlie Chaplin's spoof of the Nazis in "The Great Dictator" and the Cabaret / Joel Grey song "If You Could See Her With My Eyes". The first half of the film I kept waiting to like it, but I was won over by the second half. There are certainly scenes of complete sadness and violence, but in the midst of these is laugh out loud humor. When the Reich is finally collapsing with the arrival of the Americans you both grieve for and laugh at the boys who are 10 or 11 years old sent to be the final sacrifice. I was curious about the director. Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is from the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori, and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and English descent. His ethnic background as a person of mixed race certainly means that he knows about prejudice and exclusion.. I recommend the film. Loved the Beatles song "I want to hold your hand" in German. Great music.
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ArapahoeElia Sep 08, 2020

What a brilliantly well done satire of nationalistic propaganda that makes you cry and much as it makes you laugh.

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BlueHippo
Sep 08, 2020

Goes to the group of “my favorite films”. It is hard to decide if it’s ok to laugh at some of the stuff portrayed about the Nazi’s, but the satire is brilliant. Love the overlay of Beatles music. The actors are wonderful in their roles and you can really feel the young JoJo coming to grips with the fact that Nazism is really not for him! Depth of relationships are well communicated. I had to watch it twice-there are things that happen later in the film that are tied tot hinges earlier in the film -easy to miss these the first time around!

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JD1992
Sep 06, 2020

Such a funny movie! Great performances by all and the concept of the film overall was interesting. WWII and the rise/fall of Nazism as seen through the eyes of a child is a perspective seldomly seen in film. Some people here say that they didn't like the film because they don't find Hitler/Nazis to be very funny. That isn't the point of the film. Taika Waititi is Jewish. Obviously he wouldn't think they're a bunch of comedians in uniforms. The point of the film is to show, despite how dangerous Hitler and the Nazis actually were, how utterly ridiculous Nazi culture, politics, and policies were. They're literally making fun of Hitler and the Nazis and how stupid they were/looked/sounded. At the same time, I found the story to be very heartwarming, thanks to the depiction of the mother/son relationship of Rosie and Jojo. Jojo is a staunch Hitler fanatic, while Rosie is the opposite. It was interesting to see how she, as a member of the resistance fighting against the Nazis, parents a staunch Hitler fanatic. There was also the relationship between Jojo and Elsa, which also served to teach Jojo about how Hitler isn't someone who deserves adoration. Honestly one of the best films I've seen. It deserves every bit of the praise it's getting!

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rameshn116
Sep 05, 2020

A wonderful heart warming movie . Exemplary that the writer could depict hope at the end in spite of such deep and dark undercurrents (maybe not so under)

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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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MattAboutLibraries
Apr 30, 2020

MattAboutLibraries thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

ArapahoeTina Mar 31, 2020

ArapahoeTina thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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jaqmartial1
Feb 22, 2020

jaqmartial1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Mazzarati
Jan 14, 2020

Mazzarati thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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