Jojo Rabbit

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Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 film about a Hitler Youth member who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.

Written and directed by Taika Waititi.
An anti-hate satire.  (taglines)

Jojo Betzler[edit]

  • [talking to himself in the mirror] Jojo Betzler. Ten years old. And today you join the ranks of the Jungvolk in a very special training weekend. It’s going to be intense. But today you become a man. I swear to devote all my energies and my strength to the savior of our country, Adolf Hitler. I am willing and ready to give up my life for him, so help me God.
  • I think you'll find that metal is the strongest thing on Earth. Followed by dynamite, and then muscles.
  • [to Elsa] No news from Nathan today, I’m afraid. He’s probably doing something amazing, like reading a book or growing a beard.
  • [talking to himself in the mirror] Jojo Betzler. 10 and a half years old. Today... just do what you can.

Rosie Betzler[edit]

  • [to Jojo] Come on Shitler, let’s get a move on.
  • The Reich is dying. We’re going to lose this war and then what will you do? All I’m saying is that life is a gift and therefore we must celebrate it, hold on to it. We have to dance to show God we are grateful to be alive.
  • They’ll never win. That is the power you have - as long as there is someone alive somewhere then they lose. They didn’t get you yesterday, or today. Make tomorrow the same. Tomorrow must be the same.
  • You'll drink champagne if you’re happy, champagne if you’re sad. You’ll drive a car and eat cake. Gamble if you want, own diamonds and learn how to fire a gun. You’ll go to Morocco, take up lovers and make them suffer, look a tiger in the eye and learn to trust without fear. That’s what it is to be a woman.

Captain Klenzendorf[edit]

  • So, a little about me. Who am I and why am I here talking to a bunch of little titty-grabbers instead of leading my men into battle towards glorious death? Great question. I’ve asked it myself every day since Operation Screw-Up, where I lost a perfectly good eye in a totally preventable enemy attack. And according to my superiors, you need two eyes to be a meaningful part of the war effort.
  • Over the next two days, you little critters get to experience some of the things that the mighty German army goes through everyday. And even though it would appear our country is on the back foot, and there really isn’t much hope of us winning this war, apparently, we’re doing just fine.
  • [to Jojo] When I was your age, I had an imaginary friend called Connie. He used to wet my bed when I was asleep. It got me in so much trouble.

Elsa[edit]

  • There are no weak Jews. I am descended from those who wrestle angels and kill giants. We were chosen by God. You were chosen by a pathetic little man who can’t even grow a full moustache.
  • The last time I saw my parents it was at the station. They were put on a train. I ran, slowly found my way back to the city. A friend of my father’s hid me, and another friend, some friends of friends. Then your mother took me in. And so far, I’m still here. My parents went to a place they can’t come back from.

Adolf[edit]

  • Let them say whatever they want. People used to say a lot of nasty things about me. "Oh, this guy's a lunatic!" "Oh, look at that psycho! He's gonna get us all killed!"
  • I’ll let you in on a little secret. The rabbit is no coward. The humble little bunny faces a dangerous world everyday, hunting carrots for his family, for his country. My empire will be full of all animals, lions, giraffes, zebras, rhinoceroses, octopuses, rhineoctopuses, even the mighty rabbit.
  • I am beginning to question your loyalty to myself and the party. You say you are a patriot but where is the evidence? The German soldier was born out of necessity, Germany depends on the passion of these young men, passion and a readiness to fall for the fatherland. Their resurrection will be seen in the rise of the German folk, despite the futile efforts of Allied war profiteers who send their ill-prepared armies clumsily into the lair of the wolf. And only those zealous men who stand steadfast in the face of the enemy will be remembered, their names etched into German memory forever. But it is up to you to decide if you want to be remembered, or forgotten like a grain of sand, disappearing without trace into the desert of insignificance! [beat] To put it plainly - get your shit together and sort out your priorities. You’re ten, Jojo. Start acting like it.

Dialogue[edit]

Jojo: Adolf, I don’t think I can do this.
Adolf: What?! Of course you can. Sure you’re a bit scrawny, unpopular, and still can’t tie your shoelaces without adult supervision, but you’re also the bestest, most loyal little Nazi I’ve ever met. Not to mention you’re incredibly handsome.

Yorki: Jews sound scary, huh?
Jojo: Not to me. If I met one I’d kill it like that. [tries to snap his fingers but can't] Like... [claps] that.
Yorki: But how would you know if you saw one? They can look just like us.
Jojo: Oh I’d know. I’d feel it’s head for horns. And they smell like Brussels Sprouts.
Yorki: Oh yeah, I forgot about the Brussels Sprouts.
Jojo: Imagine catching one and giving it to Hitler. That’d be a sure-fire way to get into his personal guard.
Yorki: He'd be so impressed.
Jojo: Then we would become best friends.
Yorki: I thought I was your best friend
Jojo: Yorki, you’re my second best friend. First place is reserved for the Führer. He, and only he can have that spot. So unless you’re Hitler hiding in a fat little boy’s body I’d be happy with 2nd place.
Yorki: I guess I'm just a kid in a fat kid’s body.
Jojo: Case closed.

Jojo: I don't want to go out there.
Rosie: Don’t be silly, of course you do.
Jojo: I look stupid. People will stare.
Rosie: Let them! Enjoy the attention, kid. Not everyone is lucky enough to look stupid. I for one am cursed to look incredibly attractive.

[after Jojo is threatend by Elsa]
Adolf: Did you see how fast she moved?
Jojo: Yes.
Adolf: Like a little female Jewish Jesse Owens. And now she's got your fancy knife!
Jojo: Mmm, my knife!
Adolf: Yeah, like a little female Jewish Jesse Owens Jack the Ripper. You're definitely in a pickle, my friend.

Jojo: What am I going to do?
Adolf: I have no idea.
Adolf and Jojo: Got it!
Jojo: [simultaneously] I'll negotiate.
Adolf: [simultaneously] Burn the house down and blame Winston Churchill.
[beat]
Adolf: ...Or negotiate.

[after Elsa beats up Jojo for a second time, taking another knife from him]
Adolf: She’s pretty rude, y’know. That’s just my 2 pfennige...and now she's got TWO knives!!
Jojo: I know!
Adolf: How are you going to chop up stuff?
Jojo: I don't know!
Adolf: And she’s still up there! That thing. That...
Jojo: Jew.
Adolf: Jew yeah. What do we do about it?
Jojo: You think of something!
Adolf: Oh, now I'm the expert??
[Adolf offers Jojo a cigarette]
Jojo: Stop offering me damn cigarettes!! I’m TEN!!!
Adolf: Sorry, this is stressful! Okay, let’s talk like turkeys. I guess you can’t tell your mother or the Jew will cut off your Nazi head. No real way around that right now. But y’know, there’s no reason this thing in the attic needs to ruin your life. You could actually use it to your advantage.
Jojo: How?
Adolf: Well, when someone tries to use mind powers on me, you know what I do? Use mind powers back on them. Remember last year when that one-armed pirate, Von Stauffenberg, tried to blow me up with a table bomb?
Jojo: Yeah, you survived.
Adolf: Correct-a-mundo. But the only reason I survived, apart from having bomb-proof legs, is because I outwitted old Von Stauffy. I let him think I was dead when in actual fact I was fine. By pretending I was dead I drew out the traitors. So, what are you going to do?
Jojo: Pretend I'm dead?
Adolf: Exactly. Wait. No. I think what I mean is this: Make her feel safe and she will drop her guard and then you will be the one in control.
Jojo: Reverse psychology!
Adolf: Don’t complicate things. Just use my backwards mind power trick on her and you’ll be fine. [checks his watch] I gotta go. We’re having unicorn for dinner at my place tonight. Ok good luck, and remember that ancient saying: a Jew living in your wall is better than two Jews flying around with their bat wings, climbing down chimneys and eating innocent Nazis. And don’t give her any more KNIVES! [he jumps out the window]

Jojo: Ok, here’s the situation. If I tell on you, you’ll be in big trouble and I don’t think you want that. But then you’ll tell on me and my mother and we’ll be in trouble which I don’t want. And if you tell my mother I know, then she’ll kick you out, which you don’t want. And if I tell my mother I know, then you’ll cut off my head, which I also don’t want. [beat] So it’s a Mexican stalemate.
Elsa: It's just a normal stalemate.

Jojo: I will not cause any trouble for you if you promise to tell me everything about the Jewish race.
Elsa: Okay. We’re like you...but human.

[Jojo catches Rosie trying to sneak in late]
Rosie: Darling cub, why are you still up? Did you eat? [beat] I was just taking a long walk and having a think. Sorry, I lost track of time. [noticing Jojo's untied shoelaces] Oh, your laces, you really must learn-
Jojo: I heard her.
Rosie: [alarmed] What!? Who!?
Jojo: Inge.
Rosie: Oh, it's so sad for you. You've lost your mind. It's sadder for me though, because I have to live with a crazy person.

Jojo: Why are you so happy?
Rosie: Things are changing. The Allies have taken Italy. France will be next and the war will soon be over.
Jojo: God Dammit! Why does that make you happy?! You hate your country that much?
Rosie: I love my country. It’s the war I hate. It’s pointless and stupid, and the sooner we have peace the better.
Jojo: The war will end, but it will be the Reich who stands tall and proud. We will crush our enemies into dust, and when they are destroyed we shall use their graves as toilets!!!
Rosie: Okay! No more politics ok!? Dinner is neutral ground. This table is Switzerland. Let’s eat.
[Jojo watches Rosie. She barely touches her food]
Jojo: You aren't eating?
Rosie: No. I'm not that hungry. I might eat later. For now, I’m just going to chew on these grapes.
[she takes a swig of wine and chews it enthusiastically]
Jojo: [wryly] Well I’m especially hungry tonight. So maybe, I’ll just finish yours. Don't want it to go to waste.
Rosie: [glaring at her son] How was your day, Johannes?
Jojo: Oh you know, just wandered around being a deformed kid with nothing to live for.
Rosie: You're not deformed.
Jojo: My face looks like a goddamned street map, woman!

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. I know he’s in there somewhere. A little boy who loves to play, and he runs to you because he’s scared of thunder, and thinks you invented chocolate cake. In the end that’s all you have. Hope. That your only remaining child is not just another ghost.
Elsa: Perhaps we’re all ghosts now, and we just don’t know it.

Jojo: You’d turn your back on Germany forever?
Elsa: It turned on me first.
Jojo: Well, we don’t need you. You and your stupid bridegroom can shut up, and go live in damn cheese-snail-baguette-land.

Jojo: So, I’d like you to draw a picture of where Jews live. A typical hive; where you all sleep, eat, and where the Queen Jew lays the eggs.
Elsa: You really are an idiot.

Jojo: I said draw where Jews live. This is just a stupid picture of my head.
Elsa: Yeah. That’s where we live.

Adolf: Hi. You two seem to be getting on well.
Jojo: I was just making sure she was still alive.
Adolf: Why do you care?
Jojo: I don’t. I just don’t want a dead person in my house. How would you like it?
Adolf: [sarcastically] I’d love it. More dead people in my house, please.

Klenzendorf: Well, if it isn’t Herr Handgrenade himself. How’s the leg?
Jojo: Pretty much healed. It only eighty percent hurts now. What are you guys doing here?
Klenzendorf: I’m also being made to teach the HJ boys water warfare training. In case they ever need to go to battle in a swimming pool.

Jojo: You're a soldier now?
Yorki: At your service!
Jojo: But you're only eleven...
Yorki: I know!

Jojo: Look, it’s fine, I’ll just accept that I’ll be one of those guys who will never get to kiss a girl. And I’m not fishing for anything by the way. I feel quite strongly about this.
Elsa: You will be kissed Jojo. Do you want me to kiss you?
Jojo: Okay. Two things. Thing number one, it's illegal for Nazis and Jews to hang out like we do, let alone kiss. Thing number two, it would just be a sympathy kiss which doesn’t count.
Elsa: You're not a Nazi.
Jojo: What are you talking about? Of course I am.
Elsa: Not a real Nazi.
Jojo: I’m massively into Swastikas so I think that’s a pretty good sign right there.
Elsa: You’re NOT a Nazi, Jojo. You’re a 10-year-old kid who likes Swastikas, and likes dressing up in a funny uniform, and wants to be part of a club. But you’re NOT one of them. Not you.

Deertz: I didn’t know you had a sister, Johannes.
Elsa: Sometimes he’d prefer that I was dead. Isn’t that right, little Frankenstein?
Deertz: Now, now, there’s no need to attack his hideous physical deformity. That's a war wound.

Jojo: What's the first thing you'll do when you're free?
Elsa: Dance.

Jojo: Yorki, what's going on out there?
Yorki: The Russians Jojo, they’re coming. And the Americans from the other way. And England and China and Africa and India and Australia. The whole world is coming!
Jojo: How are we doing?
Yorki: Terribly! Our only friends are the Japanese and just between you and me, they don’t look very Aryan.

Jojo: Hey, remember that Jew I told you about?
Yorki: Oh yeah. You caught one.
Jojo: I still have her. She’s basically my girlfriend now.
Yorki: Good for you Jojo! A girlfriend!!
Jojo: But she’s, y’know... Jewish.
Yorki: There are bigger things to worry about than Jews, Jojo. There’s Russians somewhere out there. They’re worse than anyone. I heard they eat babies and have sex with dogs. I mean, that’s bad, right?
Jojo: Sex with dogs?
Yorki: Yeah, the Englishmen do it too. We have to stop them before they eat us and screw all our dogs. It’s crazy.

[after the allied forces have taken over the city and have captured the Germans soldiers into a backyard, including Jojo]
Jojo: Captain K!
Klenzendorf: Hey, kid. Look at all this commotion, huh?
Jojo: What’s happening?
Klenzendorf: Hysteria, my friend. We’ve come to the end. The party is over. Are you scared? Don’t be scared. Look at me. I’m sorry about Rosie. She was a good person.
[Jojo nods and begins to cry]
Klenzendorf: An actual good person. Okay?
[Jojo nods and hugs Klenzendorf as he sobs]
Klenzendorf: Hey, it’s okay, kid. I’ve been meaning to tell you, I think your book is really great. Yeah, I’m sorry for laughing at it. Very creative. Come here, let’s take a look at you.
[Jojo stands, still wearing a soldier jacket]
Klenzendorf: You look good. You’re okay, kid. Now, go home and look after that sister of yours. Okay?
[Jojo nods, then Klenzendorf takes Jojo’s jacket off him and pushes him aside]
Klenzendorf: Get away! Get away, Jew!! Get away!!
Soldier: What's going on?!
Klenzendorf: It's a Jew!
Soldier: Shut up. [to Jojo] You know this Nazi?
Jojo: He...He helped-
Klenzendorf: No, I don't know this dirty Jew. [spits in Jojo's direction] Get away Jew- [gets knocked down by the soldier]
[A soldier picks up Jojo and removes him from the yard]
Jojo: No! No! Nooooo!!
[Two soldiers drag a smiling Klenzendorf away to be executed]

Jojo: Yorki!! I thought you were dead.
Yorki: No, it seems I can never die.
Jojo: I don't understand what's happening.
Yorki: Me neither. Nothing makes sense. It’s definitely not a good time to be a Nazi. I’m gonna go home and see my mother. I need a cuddle. Hey. So now the war’s over at least your girlfriend will be free. She can leave now.

Jojo: Hi. I have another letter. [pretending to read] Dear Elsa, I know it’s hard for you at the moment. I know you feel like giving up. But you have to carry on. Me and your good friend Jojo have devised a plan to help you escape. So please listen to him. He's gonna help you get out of there. And then you can come live with me in Paris. And don’t worry about Jojo...he’ll be ok. See you in Paris, Nathan.
Elsa: He's dead.
Jojo: What?
Elsa: Nathan. He died last year. Tuberculosis.
Jojo: [awkwardly] Well...that's weird. Who wrote these??
Elsa: [smiling] Thank you, Jojo. You’ve been so good to me.
Jojo: Well, the thing is... I love you. [nervously] I know you think of me as a younger brother...which is fine and umm...you’re too old anyway but-- Man, it’s hot in here!
Elsa: [smiling] I love you, too.
Jojo: ...As a younger brother?
Elsa: [nodding] As a younger brother.
Jojo: Look, me and fake Nathan have found a way for you to escape. Maybe you can trust a younger brother?
Elsa: Maybe.
Jojo: Okay then. Get your things together. We’re leaving.

Adolf: [angrily] Where the shit do you think you’re going?!!
Jojo: Out.
Adolf: Out? Oh no you’re not. No, we're gonna stay in here and you’re going to tell me exactly what's going on with you and that thing in the attic.
Jojo: That thing, is a girl.
Adolf: You’re in love with her aren’t you?
Jojo: Yes.
Adolf: Admit it!
Jojo: I just said yes!!
Adolf: I knew it!!! It's never gonna work out. No, she's too old for you. And you're ugly!! No, she's gonna leave you, you know that, don't you? So here's what's gonna happen you little shit. [takes out a swastika armband] You're gonna put this on, okay? You're gonna forget about that disgusting Jewy cow up there, and you're gonna come back to me, where you belong. Alright?! [tosses Jojo the armband] Put it on. And then, we're gonna pretend none of this ever happened. You got it?
[Jojo looks at the armband, then crumples it and throws it to the ground]
Adolf: [nervously] Heil me? For old time's sake? Heil me little man.
Jojo: No!
Adolf: Heil me! Just a little heil! Please!
Jojo: Fuck off Hitler!
[Jojo kicks him out the window]

[as they are about to leave the house]
Elsa: Is it dangerous out there?
Jojo: [smiling] Extremely.
[as they step out of the house, Elsa realizes the Allies have won]
Jojo: We made it.
[Elsa slaps him in the face]
Jojo: Probably deserved that. What do we do now?
[they slowly start dancing]

Cast[edit]

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