It’s a Wonderful Life

by Jonah Goldberg

I’ve seen it a million times by now and I still get choked up. Since it will be on like fifty more times between now and Christmas. A couple things to look for.
* The the cab driver and the cop are named Bert and Ernie (look for the scene when George Bailey visits his house in the alternate reality). I always wondered if there were some connection to Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street.

*There’s a scene when you can see a newspaper headline “Smith Wins Nomination!” That’s a deliberate reference to Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

*I always loved this line from the (anti-matter universe) bartender:

Hey look, mister, we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast and we don’t need any characters around to give the joint atmosphere. Is that clear or do I have to slip you my left for a convincer?

* If you look closely you can also see Spock with a goatee in the background. (Just kidding)

* And last, you know how at the end George’s little girl, Zuzu Bailey, says, “Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”? Well, keep in mind that if that happened today the ACLU would hunt down that teacher and sue her.

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