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You Can't Take It with You 1938

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family...

Release Date:
November 3, 1938
126 min
Frank Capra
Irving Bacon, Ward Bond, Ralph Brooks, ...
Comedy, Romance
English, Russian

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Solar rating: 10


Imdb rating: 8



(VHS) (First Viewing, 4th Capra film)

Dreadful, just dreadful. A great demonstration on how painful comedies can be when they go horribly wrong, and how annoying Capra's films are when they get sentimental. It deals with the same themes as Holiday (the pressure on the invidual to conform), but doesn't come anywhere near that masterpiece in grace, style or wit. I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't spent money to rent it.

Well the movie had a promising story but, it did really remind me of It's A Wonderful Life. Which I thought IAWL was a better film. They both kind of have the same care free attitude that Capra likes to incorporate into his movie's. It's just I don't really know how believeable the story really is. It's also suppose to be a comedy but like most old movie's in's just not funny! The reason I did say it was ripe was because of the performances. I thought Lionel Barrymoore was very good in it. Also some of the minor chararacters were very quirky and fun and really helped keep the story going.
Great slapstick comedy with a great moral, wonderful acting. A Classic. :p :fresh:
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An energetic and funny film, and the first of the films with the great connection of Capra and Stewart. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the stage version, but it still captured a lot of the liveliness and joy that this story has.

I can't believe Capra directed this one. Great cast is wasted. The story is pretty lame - not very believable. The racism is uncalled for. The dialogue and acting is very bad. There are a one or two memorable scenes but otherwise nearly a waste of time.

Pro: Barrymore and Arnold!!! Stewart. The writing. The direction. The first meeting. The jail. The courtroom. The crazy family.

Con: The tight wrap-up ending is classic Capra, and it makes you feel great, but boy does it go against reality.

Director: Frank Capra
Principal Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Jean Arthur, and James Stewart
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You Can't Take It with You is a wonderful film by Frank Capra. Like most Capra films, it focuses on humble, good natured people. And it has the usual Capra themes of being honest to your self and friendship over wealth. What really makes this movie good is the zany, charming cast of characters-whose personalities, when combined, explode into a kaleidoscope of delight. This is a movie with lots of laughs and good-natured fun.

While the plot may seem somewhat clich
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I refer to Beth's review as it says everything I want to. Do NOT watch this film as a date movie. Everone will find something to relate to in this film, and for some it will really resonate.

The boys are good. The girls are average. A shame really since I think Natalie Portman has some of the best lines. And she is obviously really uncomfortable in her role as a stripper; sexy and slutty she just can't do. I really want her to be able to act well; she is beautiful, very smart and not a slapper and yet...average. *cries*
You Can't Take it With You is an entire movie of Clifford Wooley's character from "Red, White and Blaine" in Waiting for Guffman, except it takes itself seriously. What an ignorant, sanctimonious assclown. Considering Martin Vanderhof's opinion on letting people do who they want to do, the racism in this film is particularly disgusting. His attempts (and the film's support) at sticking it to The Man with truth become laughably hypocritical, considering the delusional charades he allows his family to live in. This film's attempts at playing one-note eccentrities for humor become insufferable. The throughline between the miserly hippie assholes and big business assholes is telegraphed from the beginning, and the idea that the characters' differences can be simply resolved by some harmonica playing is - holy hell, that's Ann Miller!
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