Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen version
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"A riveting and moving Australian coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishheart, Charlie's life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1968, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous."
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md.. : Distributed by RB Media, 2018
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD J DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 43 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD
Alternative Title: Death for a unicorn
ISBN: 9781501997723


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Set in 1968 Australia, this is a perceptive coming-of-age story about a mixed-race boy accused of causing the disappearance of white girl. Issues considered include prejudice, discrimination, child abuse, domestic violence, and Aboriginal rights. Based on the bestselling book, filmmaker Rachel Pe... Read More »

Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel. Set in a small Western Australian town in 1965, a mixed-race boy comes under suspicion when a young white girl disappears. He seeks help from his classmate to solve the mystery and prove his innocence. Filmmaker Rachel Perkins is an advocate for Austra... Read More »

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Aug 23, 2020

A good film for young adults. Too light-weight for adults.

Oct 25, 2019

Marvelous but sad Australian film. Well acted. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 06, 2019

This was a great "coming of age" movie. Thought it would be cliché; but handled so realistically that it overcame the genre preconceptions. Great acting too, by everyone!

Jul 09, 2019

An Australian movie sounded interesting to me. I started watching and couldn't figure out if this was an adult film or something more for young people. I did a lot of fast fwd. to get through this and to find out the point of it all. Basically this is for the teen set, it is a type of coming of age movie. Racial prejudice, young love, cheating parent, also a yelling parent. (what can be gained by screaming at people) Mother is a screamer, Father lacks interest in in family.
I can't rate this very high. 1/2 a star. Don't waste your time.

Dec 19, 2018

An excellent movie, with many twists and turns. The hero, a young teen boy, has to travel the arc from "arguing that batman is a super hero" to navigating death, multiple murder, arson, and racism. Twists and turns along the way. Truly an excellent film. Highly recommended for thoughtful people.

Dec 16, 2018

-Christmas is in Summertime down under.
-Description just about gives up all the film's details.
-Adapted from novel with same name, about four teens who can rely on no one but themselves to face violence in their remote and suffocating small town near the end of 1969.
-Odd that young actor Kevin Long is not credited as the Vietnamese boy.

Nov 12, 2018

This is one of the best young people's film that I have seen for quite some time. A good exploration of the interests and the thinking of pre-teens, and then a view of racism. It was really good in the last third. So oldsters, don't give up. It has a decent payback if you stick through to the end.

Oct 07, 2018

Mystery that grabs you from the start. Well-acted by the teen leads, and shows how innocence is exploited by adults in a small Australian town during the late 60's. Issues of prejudice, infidelity, and child abuse are broached. Written from the point of view of our main leads, young actors who must grow up fast to face these difficult circumstances.

Sep 27, 2018

Was expecting much more of a story. This is an Australian version of the combination of My Girl and Stand by Me. Rather dark and brooding film about disfunctional adults raising kids in a small Aussie town.

Sep 09, 2018

A young white teen boy named Jasper is awakened one night by an older Indigenous teen boy. Jasper and the other boy clearly have a past built on mistrust but when the older boy comes tp Jasper's window in the middle of the night asking for his help Jasper can't deny him. They walk far into the woods and it seems they will never arrive to wherever they are headed but when they do and what they find will forever change not only their lives but those of everyone in their small southern Australian community in the summer of '79.

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Dec 16, 2018

The thing about Spider-Man is that he'd be useless in a place like Corrigan.
-How do you mean?
There's nothing for him to swing in between here. He needs an urban environment. That's why Superman is the greatest superhero. He's all-terrain.
-Superman? He's the worst superhero.
Excuse me?
-Superman is boring. He's invulnerable.That's why they invented kryptonite, so he has some kind of weakness.
Batman, he's the best superhero, because, well, he's just a guy like me or you.
-He doesn't have any superpowers. He's not superhuman.
He has a cape and a mask and arch-enemies. He's a superhero, no question.
-You're not listening, Chuck. Batman does not possess superpowers. Therefore he's not super.
You've lost your mind. Batman is a master of martial arts. He's a detective, he's an inventor. And given that 'super' only means 'greater than normal', by that definition, Batman can only be described as a superhero.

Dec 16, 2018

"Courage is resistance to fear,"
"mastery of fear,
not absence of fear."
Mermaids. Why are they considered so sexy?
-What are you talking about?
It's because of their... their...
-Their boobies?
Sure, but they're half a fish.
-You can deep-fry the lower part of their body and that would be delicious.
OK, hypothetical time. Would you rather have a magnetic head or fart out of your mouth?
Lyrics to song at the end:

I was young in a tiny town
And my whole life,
I wanted out
But where I've been
won't hold me down
And I wouldn't change it
But I was never made to toil
Trapped inside some city walls
I'm wild inside,
and when I hear the call
I'm gonna chase it
So as you leave it all behind

Dec 16, 2018

Would you rather have a hat made of spiders or have penises for fingers?... So you're choosing the penis fingers, then?
-I'm avoiding the question entirely. It's too stupid even by your standards.
That's what they say.
- How... how do I not know this?
'Cause you're an idiot.
I told Mr Daglish "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a book about a girl who's famous for making omelettes. I don't think he's read a book written this century.
I was thinking about it, and I know why Batman is the greatest superhero.
- He's not.
But why? Courage.
- What?
You see, Superman doesn't need courage to stand in front of a bullet because it can't
possibly harm him. But Batman, on the other hand, he has more to lose. He has to overcome his fears to save people.
You've got your whole life ahead of you, all you kids. You're so free. You know, when I first heard that Laura Wishart might have run away... I was jealous. That's an awful thing to say, but I just... it's how I feel.


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