You Can't Take It With You
You Can't Take It With You (1938)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 23, 1938
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's predictably uplifting fare from Frank Capra, perhaps the most consciously uplifting of all great American directors -- but thanks to immensely appealing performances and a nimble script, You Can't Take It With You is hard not to love.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

The comedy moves smoothly and briskly under Capra's canny method of direction.

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Roy Chartier

The tempo is generally fast and there are no sudden spurts or sharp letdowns.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You features an incredible cast and an amusing story, but unfortunately they are ultimately let down by excessive length and shoddy pacing.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It's a grand picture.

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Brian Case
Time Out

The cast is appealing, particularly Stewart and Arthur, but it's not enough.

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Witney Seibold

Please see this one. Heck, see any Frank Capra movie.

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TIME Magazine

Easily the No. 1 cinema comedy of 1938.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There are still some laughs and entertainment to be found here, but forget about fidelity to the original.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

If you haven't seen it, make a point of catching this Capra classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A son of a business magnate proposes to a lower class girl whose eccentric family stands in the way of business's progress. Frank Capra is a legendary… More
Graham Jones
What negative comment could anyone give about this film. Truly uplifting and endlessly entertaining. Capra was the master.
Daniel Perry
The well-born Tony Kirby (James Stewart) falls in love with Alice (Jean Arthur), whose family, the Sycamores, are eccentric, to say the least. Her maternal… More
Jameson Worley
So perfect! I love Frank Capra. Simple, funny, real, memorable, and thought provoking.
Chris Weber
This is Frank Capra's Oscar winning adaptation of a play about a family who helps show a wealthy financier that there's much more to life than money.… More
Jennifer D
I had NO idea Jimmy Stewart could be so young. But what a funny, sweet social comedy!! I thought it was really great even with it's rather typical… More