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You Can't Take It with You
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play You Can't Take It With You was transformed into a paean to populism by director Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin. This is the story of the zany Sycamore household, presided over by Grandpa Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore), a former businessman who has turned his back on commerce to enjoy life. At the Sycamores', everyone does just what he or she pleases. Penny Sycamore (Spring Byington), Grandpa's daughter, has become a novelist because someone delivered a typewriter to her home by mistake.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"It's a grand picture."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"The cast is appealing, particularly Stewart and Arthur, but it's not enough."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"If you haven't seen it, make a point of catching this Capra classic."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Demonstrates Capra's skill at tweaking the heartstrings as well as the funny bone."
‑ Laura Bushell, Film4
"An entertaining, if saccharine film, packed with enough loony activity to keep the laughs coming from start to finish."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Easily the No. 1 cinema comedy of 1938."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"There are still some laughs and entertainment to be found here, but forget about fidelity to the original."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Kid-friendly Capra classic stars a quirky family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Its stage origins might be all too obvious, but the excellent ensemble cast makes it an enjoyable breeze, and the in-laws meeting scene is farce comedy at its best."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
"Frank Capra's zanny comedy about a family of eccentrics is well-acted by Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur as the romantic couple and a large ensemble that included Spring Byington and others."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The tempo is generally fast and there are no sudden spurts or sharp letdowns."
‑ Roy Chartier, Variety
"You Can't Take it with You was a tonic to a Depression-weary country beginning to right itself economically."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A classic case of good old-fashioned American optimism."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"The usual sentimental corny uplifting melodrama from director Frank Capra."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A family of misfits proves that you don't need money to be happy together."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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