You Can't Take It with You (1938)
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Am I being too British about this, or is it weird that we're meant to sympathise with a wealthy man who refuses to pay income tax?
But ultimately this adds period charm to an already charming picture.
I caught myself really scowling during this movie. I didn't find Grandpa endearing, I found him lazy and selfish. Doesn't pay taxes because he doesn't feel like it. Quit his job because he'd rather be stamp collecting. Faces his problems by ignoring them until they go away. What a jerk.
As for the villains - we'd all love to eat the rich, but come on, these characters were villains because they were rich. How one dimensional. Sure, they showed greedy and classist behavior, but it seemed like a byproduct of their wealth. All the spectators in the court room were just as prejudiced when they turned up their noses at Kirby's offer to pay the fee. What a joke that judge was too. "Who cares about law and order, this family is so gosh-darned endearing!"
I think it's truly hilarious.
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This movie ranks #12 in Academy Award Best Pictures
This movie ranks #20 in 1930s
This movie ranks #93 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #209 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #345 in Film Comedy