Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

DVD - 2020
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A World War II satire that 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]
Branch Call Number: DVD Fic Jojo
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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JCLBeckyC Apr 26, 2021

One of the most original films I've ever seen. Not for the easily offended or faint of heart. But if you like satire, irreverent humor, and absurd surrealism, you'll love this movie about a ten-year-old German Nazi who spends most of his time with his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, to compensate for the isolation he feels after the death of his older sister, an absent father who's off fighting somewhere else in Europe, and his iconoclastic mother with a busy life of her own. Funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.

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22950004968244
Apr 07, 2021

Obviously people react differently to this movie. I thought it was hilarious. It is brilliant in its use of ridicule against Naziism and anti-semitism. Black comedy. The Death of Stalin is somewhat similar.

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fpsutka
Apr 07, 2021

I started watching this film but gave up after about 20 minutes. It is not for everyone!

Pure fantasy. As such, had a hard time getting into it because of the seriousness of the background subject (recall “Springtime for Hitler”, which this seems strangely related to). Seemed to me it took quite a while to set up what I eventually saw as the central theme of the movie, so found the early part of the film less interesting than later on.

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manoletters
Mar 29, 2021

After a long, long wait, I finally viewed this film, and came away disappointed. This is more of a social commentary drama then a comedy, with occasional laugh out loud moments; not many but a few. Not sure what it is, but like most of Taika Waititi's films I come away feeling there was something missing, like everything is surface and there's no depth to his films. Sorry, Taika try digging deeper into the human condition and one day you might get it. Until then, keep on with the fluff.

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BeckyR21
Mar 28, 2021

Excellent movie. Well cast, superb acting. An original plot with excellent character and relationship development.
Cautionary advice to family viewing. It is definitely PG13 - think long and hard before letting younger viewers watch this movie. As a parent of kids in and around 13, I would not want them to see a few of the scenes that are quite disturbing. Plus the dark humour would take quite a bit of pausing the movie to explain.
Older teens, yes - an excellent movie to promote discussion of the atrocities of war.

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HAMBH
Mar 19, 2021

Funny. Tragic. Heartwarming. Well casted and acted.

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 14, 2021

Where to begin with this highly original, unique film? A young boy in Hitler's youth army has Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend. He tries to believe what he thinks Adolf wants him to do, but his life is turned upside down when he discovers his own mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their home. Can a movie about Nazis and the last days of World War Two be funny? Well it was laugh-out-loud funny, but it was also heartbreaking and thought provoking. I thought it was an excellent film, tackling difficult subject matter in a fresh, unique but deeply thoughtful way. This movie performs a difficult tightrope act, as it shifts in tone from funny to tragic and back again. Sometimes the shifts in tone were a little jarring, but overall I thought the movie was brilliant. Highly recommended.

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gnieder1955
Feb 22, 2021

One of the most entertaining movies to come out in recent years. You need to have a sense of humor to appreciate it, which many of the reviewers here obviously don't. Too bad, their loss.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 01, 2021

JoJo rabbit is a reference perspective on war from the comical view of a child in Nazi Germany, and even with these dark subject matters, Taika Waititi creates a well directed movie that is enjoyable, comedic, and still handles the tone well. JoJo Rabbit has a good progression with enjoyably lighthearted characters that are likeable from their first moments on scene, there are characters clearly designed to be disliked and even the highlight the absurd casualness of life in Nazi Germany and its ideals. The movie is brilliantly fun to watch as you root for JoJo through his time that’s shown and the direction from Waititi allows scenes to pop and stand out from others while still having no weak points, overall, 4/5
@Rook of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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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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Apr 30, 2020

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Feb 22, 2020

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Mazzarati Jan 14, 2020

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