Roman Griffin Davis stands for the title individuality, Johannes “Jojo” Betzler, a Hitler Youth individual that discovers his mom (Scarlett Johansson) is concealing a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic space. He needs to after that question his suggestions, while caring for the therapy of his imaginary pal, a wayward variant of Adolf Hitler (Waititi) with an amusing rely on the nationwide politics of the fight. The film furthermore stars Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, as well as Sam Rockwell.
A co-production in between the United States, New Zealand as well as additionally the Czech Republic, the film had its opening night at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, where it won the leading incentive, the Grolsch People's Choice Award. Jojo Rabbit was launched theatrically in the United States on October 18, 2019, as well as additionally in New Zealand on October 24, 2019. It brought in primarily compliment – especially for the effectiveness, directions, film manuscript, heart, visual style, musical arrangement, as well as additionally producing well worths – yet furthermore some argument for its amusing depiction of Nazis. Jojo Rabbit was selected by the National Board of Review as well as the American Film Institute as one of the 10 finest films of the year. At the 92nd Academy Awards, the film obtained 6 political elections, containing Best Picture as well as additionally Best Supporting Actress for Johansson, winning Best Adapted Screenplay. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film was selected for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy as well as additionally Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for Davis.
In the later phases of World War II, ten-year-old Johannes “Jojo” Betzler join the Deutsches Jungvolk. Jojo is an innocent child yet substantially indoctrinated with the Nazi ideal (shown up in his imaginary pal, Adolf, an motivating as well as buffoonish version of Adolf Hitler). On the day of his first Hitler Youth training camp run by Captain Klenzendorf, he is given the derisive nickname “Jojo Rabbit” by the other children after refusing to kill a rabbit to prove his killer instinct. Pepped up by Adolf, he returns to prove his bravery, stealing a Stielhandgranate as well as throwing it without supervision. The grenade explodes at his feet, leaving him scarred and limping. Jojo's mother Rosie coerces Klenzendorf into ensuring that Jojo is included and offered responsibilities. Jojo is given small tasks such as spreading propaganda leaflets throughout the town as well as collecting scrap for the war effort.
Alone at home one day, Jojo discovers Elsa Korr, a teenage Jewish girl as well as his late sister's former classmate, hiding upstairs. Jojo is both terrified and aggressive towards Elsa, who easily outwits and overpowers the young boy's attempts at guile and aggression. The two are left in a stalemate as the revelation that Rosie is hiding Elsa would lead to Rosie's execution, and neither Jojo or Elsa are willing to tell Rosie that they know for fear of what would happen next. Jojo continues to speak to Elsa, doing his best to uncover her “Jew secrets” so he can write a book about Jews for Klenzendorf. Elsa is both saddened and amused by the doctrine that Jojo believes. When she tells Jojo about her fiancé Nathan, Jojo forges a letter from Nathan claiming to have found someone else. When he sees her hurt by this, he quickly puts together a retraction.
Jojo begins acting out with his mom, angry at her seeming lack of patriotism. Rosie opposes the war and the Nazi doctrine, openly mourns the public hangings of those who resist the Nazis, and she espouses her belief that positivity and optimism are the best ways to be free of oppression. Rosie also tells Elsa that Jojo is still innocent and laments the doctrine that he believes, which makes it impossible for her to reveal Elsa to him. Meanwhile, Jojo, who is warming up to Elsa, argues with an increasingly hostile Adolf about his patriotism. Jojo spots his mother leaving a “free Germany” message in town.
Jojo and Elsa are alone in the house when the Gestapo stops by for a surprise inspection with Klenzendorf in tow. The Gestapo is suspicious when Elsa poses as Jojo's late sister and produces Inge's papers. Klenzendorf inspects them and quizzes Elsa on her birthday, confirming its authenticity. After the Gestapo leave, a shaken Elsa reveals that she got the date wrong and that Klenzendorf had covered for her. Elsa is convinced that the Gestapo are aware of the deception. Later on, Jojo finds Rosie hanged in the public square. He returns home and tries to stab Elsa, but breaks down in tears.
With the Allies closing in, the civilian population (including the Hitler Youth) is armed to defend the city. Jojo runs right into his friend York, who tells him Hitler has committed suicide. Despondent, Jojo hides until the battle is won, with the Americans occupying the city. As he wanders the city, he is seized by Russian soldiers alongside a wounded Klenzendorf. After a brief conversation, Klenzendorf tells Jojo to look after his sister, then tears off Jojo’s Hitler Youth coat as well as denounces him as a Jew to ensure the soldiers do not execute him. The soldiers drag Jojo away as Klenzendorf is executed by firing squad.
Jojo runs home as well as, to stop Elsa from leaving, tells her Germany won the battle. Recognizing her despair, he recites a new letter from Nathan, claiming that he and Jojo have figured out a way to smuggle her to Paris. Elsa confesses that Nathan died of tuberculosis the previous year. Jojo tells her he loves her, and she tells him she loves him like a “younger brother”. A dishevelled Adolf angrily confronts Jojo for siding with Elsa, and Jojo kicks him out the window. Outside, Elsa sees American soldiers and realizes the Allies have won the war. She slaps Jojo in the face for lying, and then they dance in the street.
- Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo, a young German boy who is a member of Hitlerjugend
- Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa, a Jewish woman whom Rosie hides in her home
- Taika Waititi as Adolf, Jojo's imaginary friend variation of Adolf Hitler
- Rebel Wilson as Fräulein Rahm, a brutish instructor in the Hitlerjugend camp
- Stephen Merchant as Deertz, a Gestapo agent
- Alfie Allen as Finkel, the second-in-command to Captain Klenzendorf
- Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf, an army officer who runs a Hitler Youth camp
- Scarlett Johansson as Rosie, Jojo's mother who is secretly anti-Nazi
- Archie Yates as Yorki, Jojo's best friend as well as a member of Hitlerjugend
Identical twins Gilby as well as Hardy Griffin Davis, younger brothers of Roman Griffin Davis, portray a series of Hitlerjugend clones in the care of Fräulein Rahm in cameo appearances.
Jojo Rabbit had its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019. It screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin on September 19, 2019, as well as opened the San Diego International Film Festival on October 15, 2019. It also screened at film festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, Hawaii, New Orleans, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Middleburg, Virginia, as well as also at the UK Jewish Film Festival. The film was theatrically released in New Zealand as well as the United States on October 18, 2019, opening in several cities before expanding in the following weeks as well as also playing in 798 theatres in the U.S. nationwide beginning November 8, 2019.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the film as a digital download on February 4, 2020 as well as on DVD as well as also Blu-ray disc formats in the United States on February 18. In international territories, the film was released on DVD as well as Blu-ray by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.