Arsenic and Old Lace Film Summary & Analysis

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Themes

Dealing with Family

Anyone who thinks dealing with family is easy must come from a very unusual family. Most families, like Mortimer's, are often difficult to deal with. Mortimer's family, however, is a little more unusual than others.

Insanity runs in Mortimer's family, and he is terrified that he will lose his mind someday too, although he does initially believe that mental illness has skipped his aunts. Mortimer is shocked to discover that his aunts are just as crazy as the rest of the family when he discovers their habit of murdering lonely men.

The most difficult person in Mortimer's family is Jonathan. He is mean and cruel and has spent time in jail. As Mortimer tries to deal with everyone in the family, he discovers the difficulties involved. The good news is that he's not related by blood, so no matter how much he...

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