You Can't Take It With You

You Can't Take It With You

DVD - 2003
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Comedy about the Sycamores, an eccentric family of free spirits, and the problems that arises when Alice, the one stable memeber, falls for her boss's son.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c2003, c1938
ISBN: 9780767889131
0767889134
Branch Call Number: DVD FRA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 126 min.) : b&w, sd. ; 4 3/4 in

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PeterRLD
Nov 06, 2016

I am a big fan of It's a Wonderful Life and thought You Can't Take It With You might give me a similar lift. Well, the story is similar - better to have good friends than lots of money - but in this movie, this simple moral is illustrated in grotesque caricature. The pursuit of money = bad: it gives you ulcers on the way up and a fatal heart attack on the way down. Sitting around playing the harmonica = good. (I couldn't help wondering who made the harmonica - must have been someone in China that we don't care about.) The movie also has a bit of a screwball feel to it, which It's a Wonderful Life does not, which may appeal to some viewers but feels dated to me.

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VV17
Jan 25, 2016

This is a wonderful family film! The plot is fun and meaningful. Also, all the actors do a splendid job bringing the story to life, and there will be many familiar faces from "It's a Wonderful Life." This is a must watch!

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Nursebob
Oct 31, 2015

Frank Capra pours on the sugar in this post-depression fairy tale about an evil capitalist who has a change of heart after his son falls in love with the granddaughter of a lovable old libertarian and his household of eccentric misfits. Sweetly naïve with a first class cast and more than a few chuckles.

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garycornell
Sep 07, 2014

The reviews already listed by Monolith and Joseph are well written and contain excellent comments on "Fnak Capra's You Can't Take It with You". I would add that it is an excellent cast with a wonderful script. Jean Arthur and James Stewart make quite a couple. "You Can't Take It With You" may not be as well known as some of the other Capra classics, but it is one of my favorites. I(f you haven't seen it yet, your missing you of life's great treasures.

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Monolith
Aug 03, 2013

The family's eccentricities required a little acclimating to and patience from me at film's beginning; I initially thought that it was going to be just too corny what with Ann Miller constantly pirouetting as she set the dinner table... Eventually I got into it as the clash of the classes (upper & lower-middle) heated up. I'm a big fan of Jimmy Stewart's films, but his romantic subplot with Jean Arthur (who was so damned adorable) took a back seat to my interest in the outcome of Edward Arnold's greed-fueled quest for acquiring the deed to Lionel Barrymore's sentimentally cherished home. I found those two really engaging. I ended up really genuinely enjoying this sweet, tender film from Frank Capra -- full of sentiment and depth. Humble. And hilarious, at times (...particularly the crazy Russian dude's innocent yet over-zealous nature: body-slamming old man Kirby and slapping his wife on the back). "It's A Wonderful Life" still holds the number one spot in the ranks for me among the few that I've seen from Capra's repertoire, but this was definitely a 'keeper'. And btw, I counted six actors to be later used again by Capra in that infamous classic Christmas staple: Stewart (as George Bailey), Samuel S. Hinds (as his Dad, Peter Bailey), Barrymore (as Old Man Potter), H.B. Warner (as Mr. Gower, the pharmacist), Ward Bond (as Bert, the cop), & Charles Lane (as the I.R.S. agent here, and the real estate salesman in I.A.W.L.). Useless trivia that nobody cares about but me I suppose...

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shopgirl152
May 21, 2013

Love this film! Absolutely delightful. Emotional, but in a good way. First time seeing it was really magical. I'd always heard of it, but never seen it. I thought it was a drama, then discovered it was a comedy. Love Jean Arthur's family.. they're kinda kooky, but they're happy and so you overlook their weirdness. It shows that you don't need to be dull and 'normal'. They're happy the way they are, and everybody loves them for who they are: honest, compassionate, generous people. <3 Definitely a must see.

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bobgrant
Dec 14, 2011

Fabulous! I highly recommend it! Actually very relevant for today!

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joseph
Jan 15, 2011

Must See - You Can't Take It With You (1938) 126 min. One of Frank Capra's best films and winner of an Oscar for Best Picture and Director. Though this film was released 8 years prior to It's a Wonderful Life, Capra re-instated many actors from You Can't Take It With You to play in that film. What makes a Capra film such a delight is the human aspect of his characters. The film is about James Stewart's wealthy character intent on marrying a poor girl (Jean Arthur) despite objections from his parents. Arthur's family consists of charactes that are zany as loons but know how to really live and appreciate life. My favorite part of the film is when Grandpa Vanderhoff (played by Lionel Barrymore) explains to Anthony P. Kirby (played by perfectly by Edward Arnold) that the best way to deal with a crisis is to pick up one's harmonica and play with the intent that the crisis would solve itself. What Vanderhoff was basically saying is that crises are best left with God who will make things better in the end. Beautiful sentiment and a beautiful film. If you're interested in other Jean Arthur films, try "The More the Merrier (1943)", "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)", and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)" - all "Must See" films.

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VV17
Jan 25, 2016

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Monolith
Aug 03, 2013

Grandpa Martin Vanderhof: "...Lincoln said, 'With malice toward none, with charity to all.' Nowadays they say, 'Think the way I do or I'll bomb the daylights outta ya.' "

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