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You Can't Take It with You

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kid-friendly Capra classic stars a quirky family.

Movie NR 1938 127 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+
By today's standards this movie is ab it slow moving. Children may not want to sit through it. Has a very nice story in it though and teens should be able to appreciate it.

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The well-loved play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart is given the wholesome Frank Capra treatment, sometimes called "capra-corn." The entire populist subplot about the land being sold and the appearance of most of the characters in court are the additions of Capra and his screenwriter, Robert Riskin, and they make the film seem a bit dated. But children will enjoy the way that everyone in the family joyfully pursues his or her own dreams, and the way they all respect and support one another.

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