Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 American satirical black comedy film directed by Taika Waititi.

Official trailers

FoxSearchlight on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 released the trailer:
JOJO RABBIT | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight.

Story intro

Johannes "Jojo" Betzler is a ten-year-old boy living in Nazi Germany during World War II with his caring mother, Rosie. His absent father is supposedly serving in Italy, and his older sister Inge has recently died of influenza. The jingoistic Jojo often talks with his imaginary friend, a supportive but childish version of Adolf Hitler. Jojo and his best friend Yorki attend a Hitler Youth training camp, run by the oafish Captain Klenzendorf. When Jojo is ordered to kill a rabbit, he tries to release it and runs off crying after the other boys taunt him with the name "Jojo Rabbit". After a pep talk from Adolf, Jojo returns and throws a grenade without permission. It bounces off a tree and explodes at his feet, leaving him with scars and a slight limp. After Jojo recovers, Rosie asks Klenzendorf, demoted after the incident, to make her son feel included despite his injuries. Jojo is given small tasks such as spreading propaganda leaflets throughout town. Alone at home, Jojo investigates odd noises upstairs and discovers Elsa Korr, a teenage Jewish girl and his late sister's former classmate, hiding in the attic. Jojo threatens to turn her over to the Gestapo, but Elsa warns that his mother would be killed for hiding her. He agrees to keep her safe, on the condition she reveals her "Jew secrets" so he can write a book for Klenzendorf. Elsa plays along by making up stories about Jewish powers, such as mind-reading. Angry with his mother for hiding a Jew but unable to reveal his knowledge of Elsa, Jojo accuses Rosie of being unpatriotic and laments that his father is away. Rosie dismisses his accusations and espouses her belief that positivity and optimism are the best ways to be free of oppression. Jojo continues to interrogate Elsa, learning she has a boyfriend called Nathan with whom she wants to reunite when the war is over. Jojo forges a letter from "Nathan" that he has found someone else and wants to break up with Elsa. Hearing her crying, a guilty Jojo writes another letter retracting the first one. Jojo and Adolf argue, with Adolf insisting Elsa is a monster. Jojo spots his mother leaving a "free Germany" message in town. Jojo is home one day when the Gestapo, led by Captain Deertz, enter and tear the house apart. Jojo tries to steer them away from Elsa, but she reveals herself. Pretending to be Inge, she produces her papers and confirms her birthday from memory to quell the Gestapo's suspicions. Jojo is relieved, but Elsa later realizes she recited the wrong date and Klenzendorf covered for her, but is certain the Gestapo will eventually realize the deception. Later that day, Jojo finds his mother has been hanged in the town square. Devastated, he returns home and stabs Elsa in the shoulder, then breaks down; Elsa comforts him. Jojo runs into Yorki, now a soldier, who tells him Hitler is dead and the Allies are closing in. Jojo encounters Fraulein Rahm, arming children as the battle rages, and she gives him a soldier's coat. Facing the American and Soviet forces, the city's garrison surrenders. The Soviets force several captured Germans into a backyard, including Jojo, still wearing the uniform. A wounded Klenzendorf tells Jojo his mother was a good woman, and saves him by removing his coat, calling him a Jew, and spitting on him. The soldiers expel Jojo, who runs away as a machine gun fires on the prisoners. Jojo runs home and, to stop Elsa leaving, tells her Germany won the war. Recognizing her despair, he recites a new "letter" from her boyfriend claiming that he and Jojo have figured out a way to smuggle her to Paris. Elsa confesses that her boyfriend died. Jojo tells her he loves her, and she tells him she loves him in a 'little brother' way. Adolf angrily confronts Jojo for siding with Elsa, and Jojo kicks him out of the house. Jojo takes Elsa outside, where she realizes the Allies have won, she slaps Jojo in the face for lying to her and then they dance in the street.

Cast

Roman Griffin Davis
Jojo
Thomasin McKenzie
Elsa
Taika Waititi
Adolf
Rebel Wilson
Fraulein Rahm
Stephen Merchant
Deertz
Alfie Allen
Finkel
Sam Rockwell
Captain Klenzendorf
Scarlett Johansson
Rosie
Archie Yates
Yorki
Luke Brandon Field
Christoph
Sam Haygarth
Hans
Stanislav Callas
Russian Soldier
Joe Weintraub
Herr Junker (as Joseph Weintraub)
Brian Caspe
Herr Mueller
Gabriel Andrews
Herr Klum
Billy Rayner
Herr Frosch
Christian Howlings
Bazooka Boy
Gilby Griffin Davis
Clone
Hardy Griffin Davis
Clone
Curtis Matthew
Doctor
Robert East
Herr Grusch

About

The film Jojo Rabbit was scheduled to be released on September 8, 2019 (TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival), on October 18, 2019 (United States) and on January 3, 2020 (United Kingdom) by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Argentina, 20th Century Fox Brazil and Forum Hungary.

The duration of the film is 108 minutes. The film grossed over $15.3 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.

Rating

Jojo Rabbit got high rating from critics.

External links

Official website: foxsearchlight.com/jojorabbit

IMDB: Jojo Rabbit

Wikipedia: Jojo Rabbit

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