YMMV: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: 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.
- Tear Jerker: The finale.
- Smith breaking down at the Lincoln Memorial after being publicly accused of corruption by the man he admired as a child.
- The Woobie: Jefferson Smith. He just wants Truth, Justice and the American Way! But Washington just isn't run that way anymore.
- Values Resonance: 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.