Parents' Guide to

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Snappy lines, stellar performances, Capra classic.

Movie NR 1936 115 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Great movie, restores faith in our system.

Mr Deeds is an innocent who becomes a millionaire, but never loses his sense of wonder and honesty, even as he (and we see this) is beset from all sides with offers to compromise, and become part of 'the system'. It's a wonderful innocent movie, and what he does with his money should inspire the Bezos and Gates of the world to step up!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 5+

Great 84 year old movie!

My wonderful sister send me this movie recently and I watched it that night. How did this gem of a classic escape me previously? The performances by Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur and others was just amazing. In addition, my faith that there is a little hope for civility and generosity in human nature was boosted a bit. Ok, that's a stretch, but it's good to see a movie that's has some lessons to teach us. Just see it... You won't regret it! Oh, and Jean Arthur? She's super pretty!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (11):

A snappy plot about a simple man made suddenly rich and a strong performance by Gary Cooper drive this wonderful classic. A strong moral foundation, recommending a big heart over a thick wallet, makes the movie ideal family fare, although younger viewers may get lost within the fast-paced story. Some kids might find the courthouse scenes upsetting. Others may find the notion that Deeds can give away his fortune in any equitable manner a bit hard to believe (especially during the Depression).

But the movie is typical Capra fare: It wears its morals and its sentiments on its sleeve. Everything else, including the soundness of Deeds's financial planning and the dreariness of his trial, is secondary to its ultimate championing of common decency. The movie is buoyed by the two fantastic performances of Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. He is the charming innocent, she the hard-as-nails city woman. Cooper has the ability to proselytize without sounding preachy, using the honest language of the common man. Arthur is sassy but sweet --a perfect foil.

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