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For Jojo

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Jealous woman destroys friend's happiness; sex, language.

Movie NR 2022 90 minutes
For Jojo

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For Jojo is a baffling movie. The title itself suggests that the selfish, inconsiderate, borderline insane actions taken by the film's deranged character Paula could in some way be construed as "for" the benefit of anyone, never mind "for" the person whose happiness she does everything to sabotage. This portrait of a toxic friendship goes up to the edge of the horror genre then pulls back into a tale of ordinary neediness and nastiness. Paula's actions and persona are insufferable and juvenile, simply incomprehensible in an adult. Most of her actions mimic a 4-year-old's behavior, only saying so is unfair to 4-year-olds, most of whom know better.

Gratuitous sexual scenes in which two women drunkenly have sex with and then whimsically toss out seemingly interchangeable men doesn't help to foster audience support or empathy for two callous women. The impersonal nature of the sex is confusing because it suggests the pair might be sex workers, which turns out not to be the case. When one goes away and returns altered by the experience of falling in love, the other, still stuck in stunted childishness, basically throws a fit that railroads the next nearly unwatchable 70 minutes. The ending is unexpected because only minutes before we are told the opposite will happen. Did the writer lose the script? Did the director forget the plot? Watch it and see if you care.

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