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Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War | 8 November 2019 (USA)
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A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

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Taika Waititi

Writers:

Taika Waititi (screenplay), Christine Leunens (novel)
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Taika Waititi Directed 'Jojo Rabbit' in Costume as Hitler

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roman Griffin Davis ... Jojo
Thomasin McKenzie ... Elsa
Scarlett Johansson ... Rosie
Taika Waititi ... Adolf
Sam Rockwell ... Captain Klenzendorf
Rebel Wilson ... Fraulein Rahm
Alfie Allen ... Finkel
Stephen Merchant ... Deertz
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 Gabriel Andrews ... Herr Klum
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Storyline

A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmnegah [Iran] | Official site | See more »

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jojo Rabbit See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$349,555, 20 October 2019

Gross USA:

$19,296,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,884,528
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hitler refers to the plot by Stauffenburg to kill him "last year", which would place the movie in early 1945. Later on, JoJo 's mother claims that the Americans will be landing in France. The Normandy invasion took place in June 1944, before the attempt to kill Hitler on July 20, 1944. But due to the lack of information in Germany about the successes of the allied nations, the news could have traveled underground and very well crossed each other. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, some Hitler Youth are running from left to right in the forest. However, one of them has a red armband on their right arm with the swastika reversed when the armband should be on the left arm. The film has been flipped for this to happen. See more »

Quotes

Jojo Betzler: What am I going to do?
Adolf Hitler: I have no idea.
Jojo BetzlerAdolf Hitler: Got It!
Jojo Betzler: [simultaneously] I'll negotiate.
Adolf Hitler: [simultaneously] I'll burn down the house and blame Winston Churchill... or negotiate.
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Featured in Cinematic Excrement: Shining Through (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by The Vienna Boys' Choir, Gerald Wirth, and Salonorchester Alt Wien
Arranged by Gerald Wirth
Courtesy of Universal Music GmbH (AT), Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
Under license from Universal Music s.r.o., A Universal Music Company
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Endearing and Hilarious
9 September 2019 | by exiledreplicantSee all my reviews

This was another of Taika at his best. Taking him back to his bittersweet indie roots, his storytelling and humanity shows through at every moment. A story of a 10 year old nazi youth in full swing of his country's ideology indoctrination, he starts his journey with his invisible best friend Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi himself) going off to Hitler Youth camp. His mother is a wild and endearing woman with a playful attitude during this horrible time of war. The movie starts off hilariously, but it takes a little bit of time to allow yourself to feel okay laughing at this side of the german war and this little boy who wants nothing more than to do right by his fuhrer. After a terrible (and hilariously acted) accident, and the discovery that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic, his ideals are turned upside down to the thoughts on the war he has grown up with. It's a simple message delivered in a way that tells you what you already know. Facism is bad. It's a story that Taika tells us needs to be told over and over again, because people easily turn a blind eye to the horrors of humankind, but heart and love can prevail. Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie are a great pair and carry the film with warmth and wonderful comedic scenes, but it's Scarlett Johansson who leaves us with the memory of what it means to be on the right side of humanity, and to take life as it comes and teach your children what you can, when you can. Even surrounded by well-known and substantial actors, these two children stand out and bring the movie's warm embrace. Taika is never afraid to lead with a joke, but he always takes the time to bring his message of humanity home by hanging on the sad moments of life too, not jumping over life's tragedies to get to the next one-liner. He balances the good with the bad perfectly, leaving you walking away with a warm feeling in your belly.


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