* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Sure, it's {{anvilicious}}, but it's a pretty darn good anvil: It's worth it to fight for truth and justice against political corruption, even when it looks like a lost cause.
* TearJerker: The finale.
** Smith breaking down at the Lincoln Memorial after being publicly accused of corruption by the man he admired as a child.
* TheWoobie: Jefferson Smith. He just wants Truth, Justice and the American Way! But Washington just isn't run that way anymore.
* ValuesResonance: A tale of corruption in the highest body of law is more relevant in the post-Watergate era than it was in the 1930s.
** The speech about the number of hoops a congressman has to jump through or work on to accomplish anything certainly resonates well with viewers after the United States suffered a government shut-down in 2013 simply because Congress was unable to agree on a national budget.
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