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Jojo Rabbit MovieReview

Jojo Rabbit MovieReview

Story:During the Second World War, a ten-year-old German boy’s ultimate goal is to be military trained at the Hitler Youth camp and hopefully become Hitler’s personal guard someday. However, he is in a dilemma when he finds out his mother has hidden a Jewish girl up in their attic.

I think it would be helpful if children going to this film understood a bit about WW2 and the holocaust before seeing the film. The film is about the events at the end of the war seen through the eyes of a 10 year old. The adults in the film are almost caricatures, except for Jojos mother who is very human and likable. There are a lot of funny parts in the film but also sad bits. I think if children see the film they will be reminded that they can think for themselves and don't have to go along with everyone else if they think something is wrong. The part of Hitler is mostly pretty funny but that too changes as Jojo matures/wises up and sees Hitler for what he was. It's a film with a lot of depth and I can see why it has polarised reviewers.

I absolutely loved this movie. It was funny and moving and interesting. I’m Jewish and my grandparents were Holocaust survivors, and I did not feel that this movie made fun of the holocaust (as another reviewer suggested). Because the subject matter was so close to home, I felt the movie was a little too heavy for my (sensitive) 11 year old. With the exception of 2 scenes, it would have been fine. I think this movie would be ok for most kids over 11 or 12 who have knowledge of the history and a good sense of humor.

However, Jojo now does odd voluntary jobs like putting up pamphlets of Hitler since he isn’t fit for the army anymore. And as he spends more time at home to recover, he stumbles upon noises in his sister’s room and soon finds out that his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) has kept a Jewish girl hidden there. Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), a 17-year-old, has been staying in a small box room behind a false wall, in isolation.

I don’t have any kids but I like to check this website for myself. One thing I check for is LGPTQ stuff, so if you are against that, here’s what you need to know: all I saw was two men who acted a little gay and make you question in one scene, but they never say anything about it or hold hands or anything.

Next thing is sexy stuff, but there really isn’t any in this movie. Jojo talks for a couple seconds about how he thinks that Jews cut off their penises. On this website I read that another character says that Russians have sex with dogs, but because of his accent I didn’t hear it.

Language: there is a lot. This includes a lot of the S word and I think the B word... pretty much all of the swear words I think. The F word was only once, but my sister said it was a “well-placed F word.”

Violence: it is a movie about WWII. So there is going to be violence. I didn’t find it too bad though, unless you count how many times mother and son make fun of each other, as well as Jojo and another character, which isn’t physical violence. There is only one actual battle scene.

This movie is so good. Jojo is training to be a Nazi, so it does talk a lot of crap about Jews that isn’t even real because it is propaganda from the German government to make people hate Jews. So he comes across a moral dilemma when he meets one. His mom, aside from making fun of him, is a good role model.I don’t really know what else to say, so I’ll just leave it here.

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