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Overall B+

Political manipulation and backroom bargaining are at the heart of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington when the idealistic and naïve leader of a prominent boys' organization (Jimmy Stewart) is sent to the Capitol to replace a recently deceased senator.

Violence B
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: G

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Do you think political corruption is better or worse in light of our more modern media and communications efforts?

In this movie, media (Jim Taylor owned a chain of newspapers) is seen as having a great deal of influence on the political process and popular opinion. Are you surprised that the media would be depicted that way in 1939? Does the media have that kind of power today?

What kinds of traits do the political leaders of today posses? What kinds of traits should they have? Are morals and ethics valued today?

Would you want Mr. Smith to represent your state? Why?

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