Sunday, May 2, 2010

Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow is a nice little overlooked Depression-era comedy with serious undertones. It comes from director Leo McCarey who was known for his Marx brothers films. The story deals with an elderly couple whose house has been forclosed on who are then forced to ask their children to provide shelter. The parents become a burden and the film becomes a study of middle class values and how we respect our elders and parents. There are several fine moments even if the performances do feel a bit stodgy at times.