The Accidental Fascism of You've Got Mail: What This 90's Rom-Com Is Really About

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Written by: Alec Opperman
Hosted by: Jared Bauer
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
Edited by: Mark Potts
Opening Animation by: Michael Sinclair (
Produced by: Emily Dunbar

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  • Whatever happened to thugnotes?

    V.A.VV.A.VVor 3 Stunden
  • Are you doing ADR? You need to review the Skillshare on doing it right.

    Matthew TrzcinskiMatthew TrzcinskiVor 4 Stunden
  • Jesus dude, the links you make in this one are so tenuous that for me it wrecks the credibility of your other videos. Maybe its just your lack of acknowledgement for your clickbaity title. Come on man I love some of your videos.

    Adam Fox-RobAdam Fox-RobVor 6 Stunden
  • This movie weirded me out even at the time, and I was just a teenager.

    valarvalarVor 9 Stunden
  • glory to Arstotzka!

    Mithos IrvingMithos IrvingVor 10 Stunden
  • Very interesting take on the movie. There is one major oversight here though; Joe is an actual character in the movie, and has an arc. Painting what he does as mere seduction and power play leaves that out entirely. Granted I don't have a full analysis of the movie, but still, skipping the actual character development of Joe is going to leave the interpretation of the movie distorted.

    Michael T.Michael T.Vor 11 Stunden
  • Franco didn’t stage a coup in a democratic Spain he won a civil war against communists

    Robb StarkRobb StarkVor 11 Stunden
  • The movie is about Xgen's and meaninglessness. The 90s were a time of consumerism and boredom. Notice how Meg's character never really suffers any great loss from losing her business. She's still an upper middle class rich white woman never needing to downsize her financial life to take such a major lose. Shes still mostly just frequenting expensive bars and restaurants all over a wickedly expensive city like New York's Manhattan like nothing has change, and she's probably better off now where she doesn't have to work, or, pretend to work, like her bookstore really meant anything to her. She falls in love with "Big Brother" Tom not because she's broken by his oppressive business practices. She falls in love because it doesn't MATTER! And Tom is actually HELPING HER come to this conclusion. To anyone confused, let me use another 90s movie about all this to explain. Tyler Durden's Fight Club: "We're the middle children of the history, man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives." All Tom is doing to making Meg's character come to the conclusion that they're both the same. Both rich ppl with too much time on their hands. Fine, she loves reading to children in hospitals so much, what's stopping her now from doing that? Seems like she has a lot more time to do that now instead of worrying about the upkeep of a family business that doesn't even matter if it survives or not in the end. This movie is about rich liberal douches realizing they're no different from the so-called right conservative"bad guys." They so deeply choose to despise. It's about a "little" person like Meg realizing she was part of the fascist system all along, now learning to accept it and love it. The movie is about the death of a person like Meg's hypocrisy, and coming to terms she perfectly fine living the good Manhattan Cosmopolitan life while poor black children starve in Africa.

    Raymond HeartRaymond HeartVor 19 Stunden
  • And now Barnes &noble was crushed by Amazon .

    big mikebig mikeVor 20 Stunden
  • Wow... Do you think this was deliberate? 🤯

    Desiree MicheleDesiree MicheleVor 22 Stunden
    • To some degree, the parallel surely was intentional. At least that's the only explanation for the Franco reference. Although I would say Wisecrack is leaving out a major component of the movie here: Joe's character. And more importantly, his character development.

      Michael T.Michael T.Vor 11 Stunden
  • This is a brilliant video

    Atish T.N.T.MAtish T.N.T.MVor Tag
  • I hate to be that guy, but I've always liked this movie.

    Mr. ShyRyHudMr. ShyRyHudVor Tag
  • The accidentally fascism of the Dark Knight Returns please

    Pyrrhus of EpirusPyrrhus of EpirusVor Tag
  • 6:30 what is that horrifying creature

    DeeJay BundstDeeJay BundstVor Tag
  • Weird. Famous romcoms are joo heavy, from production, to script writing, to actors. They just make sure a cute lil shiksa is the dish.

    cacadodo666cacadodo666Vor Tag
  • Wow, that was such a reach. Did you strain something or did you just pick up one of Cracked's jettisoned writers?

    OmnifluffOmnifluffVor Tag
  • We are all watching western civilization die thanks to the actions of (((them))). We must defend white people's right to exist.

    TheEverFreeKingTheEverFreeKingVor 2 Tage
  • We must have not watched the same movie, all I saw was a story about a corporation beating its competition and of a woman trading up.

    N ON OVor 2 Tage
  • Do children of men

    zachary johnsonzachary johnsonVor 2 Tage
  • Why no videos about shows the promote socialism? Socialism is worse than fascism everybody knows that

    Ambrose BurnsideAmbrose BurnsideVor 3 Tage
  • *Capitalism is fascism....* THIS VIDEO IS SPONSORED BY SKILLSHARE

    Franco CerianiFranco CerianiVor 3 Tage
  • Philosophy of Code Geass

    ARG expert ArgeARG expert ArgeVor 3 Tage
  • Do not forget that the deepest layer of hell is for the betrayers.

    Gabriel SilvaGabriel SilvaVor 3 Tage
  • You had me until "Skillshare"...

    MysticHydraMysticHydraVor 3 Tage
  • Haha wow... I've always wondered about that (the purpose of including the relationship with Franco)... #MindF___ ...LOL

    Michelle MartinMichelle MartinVor 4 Tage
  • Interesting video and philosophical exploration, but I still love the film...and really hope that Meg and Tom do one more film together before one of them disappears forever...which I think has already happened to Meg, sadly. She was adorable. That plastic surgery was a mistake. It was over after that. She would’ve aged so gracefully with her soft beauty. Why do people do that???

    sign543sign543Vor 4 Tage
  • Real shit

    Aaron SandersAaron SandersVor 4 Tage
  • You are over reaching

    warlordoffrankswarlordoffranksVor 4 Tage
  • The mythologising of small businesses comes across as petite bourgeois Nazi-lover propaganda.

    MJW238MJW238Vor 4 Tage
  • Tom Hanks looks like J Jonah Jameson in the picture. Hey Marvel, take the hint!

    Jefferson FalkJefferson FalkVor 5 Tage
  • 1984 is not about the government watching you. Only people who have heard about it but not read it say that. The book is NOT about being crushed under the heal of anything.

    Ken HarrisKen HarrisVor 5 Tage

    Laura GrosskopfLaura GrosskopfVor 5 Tage
  • Very clever analogy but sorry Wisecrack ... wrong, wrong, wrong. There is one MASSIVE difference between Joe Fox and Big Brother which your analogy ignores. "The initiation of the use of force." Therefore Joe Fox (representing Capitalism) is not the same as Big Brother (representing fascist governments).

    Richard CarrRichard CarrVor 5 Tage
  • But Hey, that's just a theory, a FILM THEORY, thanks for watching

    dragoonfunykiddragoonfunykidVor 6 Tage
  • starbucks for 2.99 those were the days...

    JaniJaniVor 6 Tage
  • Damn, you really have to work hard to get this far from the point. The point of You've Got Mail, much like dozens of other mid 90s movies, is the idea that happiness is the most important thing in life. That having understanding, agency, and even social/monetary status is meaningless if you're miserable. It was also about understanding that the outlook you decide to have determines if you're happy or not. Greg Kinnear's Frank is SUPPOSED to come off as shallow, petty, and pedantic. Frank doesn't have his suffering thrust upon him, he chooses it, by being grating, idealistic, and pretentious. Meg Ryan's Kathleen spends most of their interactions trying to bring this to his attention and to get him to look at things realistically instead of through the lens of his ideals, but he refuses, completely ignoring her. He prioritizes his beliefs and his ideals over her, which naturally leads to her choosing someone else. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks Joe is supposed to be happy already, he's supposed to be content with being part of an empire, but he's not. The moment he encounters Kathleen, he ends up spending all his time on her. She makes him no money, improves nothing of his business, if anything, slows down his production and restricts his agency, but despite that he still chooses her. To say that the movie is just about structures of power and control you have to literally strip the humanity from it, de-person the characters, and turn them into nothing but objects. At the end of the movie, two of the three mentioned characters are happy, and one is miserable, and it's not the one that lost everything due to forces beyond their control, it's the one that refused to let go of the cause of their unhappiness.

    FredrickTeslaFredrickTeslaVor 6 Tage
  • ...and here I was just thinking it was a psychological thriller with Tom Hanks somehow cast against type - or perhaps he lost a drunken bet against Steve Buscemi and/or Willem Dafoe.. Whatever! Thanks Wisecrack for the best thing I've seen on net today!!

    RevEwwErRevEwwErVor 6 Tage
  • Do the book A brave New world next!

    Jacob BlackJacob BlackVor 6 Tage
  • Dang... My mama finna be pissed.

    RJRGJrRJRGJrVor 6 Tage
  • I remember thinking before watching it that it would be a feel-good romantic comedy, but it made saving private Ryan feel less brutal in the end

    Theodoros SpathasTheodoros SpathasVor 6 Tage
  • Just made me love a film I already loved even more now LOL

    gingergreekgingergreekVor 6 Tage
  • Is it really accidental then?

    Nice NellyNice NellyVor 7 Tage
  • Heil Hanks!

    Octavian DobreOctavian DobreVor 7 Tage
  • I watched this movie too much as a kid (repeated alot): thankfully it had a reversing effect by making me despise romance for how unnerving the ending is; and feel bad for the nerdy writer with political opinions; the movie has a good flow to it though.

    PlaatboyPlaatboyVor 7 Tage
    • The nerdy writer was an asshole though, do you not remember him telling Meg before the break up "I think there's definitely something there!" In regards to the reporter who interviewed him? He was pompous, and self absorbed, never actually interested in what Kathleen Kelly had to say or what she thought. Much like Joe was originally. This video leaves out the changes HE went through as well.

      Generic PersonGeneric PersonVor 7 Tage
  • 5:05 Surprise Dave!

    Max AggropopMax AggropopVor 8 Tage
  • You know, at least Franco was worthy of love and respect. He was a hero, saving his people from the horrors that were being perpetrated by a power-mad, bloodthirsty "Republican Government". Comparatively, Hanks plays a man bent on destruction for the sake of greed.

    KivlorKivlorVor 8 Tage
  • "Miracle on 34th Street" is another 90's movies that would be interesting to analyze.

    Nikki MSNikki MSVor 8 Tage
  • Holly fucking shit...! I'm going to ruin this movie for my mom!

    Roach DoggJRRoach DoggJRVor 8 Tage
  • Soo this movie is actually a masterpiece

    Ana Lúcia DionísioAna Lúcia DionísioVor 8 Tage
  • Speaking of accidental fascism, y'all should cover Robots from 2005. Robots that aren't wealthy and can't afford new parts are literally murdered by big businesses that also control law making and law enforcement. Seems like there's a lot you guys can say about it.

    DogyphilDogyphilVor 8 Tage
  • Damn.

    WLDBWLDBVor 8 Tage
  • Yo I saw this movie as a kid and I always thought it was weird.

    Alexis CaballeroAlexis CaballeroVor 9 Tage
  • do mob psycho 100 :D

    aaronctanaaronctanVor 9 Tage
  • ... I did not expect such a poignant and resonant political message to come from fucking Wisecrack. I'm very glad to be surprised

    Preda Y.Preda Y.Vor 9 Tage
  • This is stupid. The "big business" did nothing wrong. I love capitalism

    GracefulGrizzlyGracefulGrizzlyVor 9 Tage
  • I guess what is worth to you is different from what is worth to other people. I always felt a sense of freedom in her, after she got rid of that burden. She was free to break up with a boring and pedantic boyfriend. Too bad that her other choice wasn't a much bettter one. Maybe it's a matter of bad taste, who knows? What I know for sure is that we won't understand people's choices based on our own prejudices. We need more of what some people call scientific evidence for that. I can't see the correlation between the love for one another and the personalist love for the government. Maybe you went too far on that one. It's so unlikely.

    Mr48151642Mr48151642Vor 9 Tage
  • This has got to be a top-ten wisecrack edition, and that is really saying something. Thank you Jared.

    Ron RobertsRon RobertsVor 9 Tage
  • Do a Futurama video

    CYril OaksCYril OaksVor 9 Tage
  • Damn you this is my favorite romcom, the only problem is that in this movie she is able to affect change on the oppressor

    blubastudblubastudVor 9 Tage
  • Yeah this is stretching

    Red AndreRed AndreVor 9 Tage
  • Do Mars Attacks next!

    Ricardo PenaMcKnightRicardo PenaMcKnightVor 9 Tage
  • Please do Russian Doll

    Cody BurtonCody BurtonVor 10 Tage
  • And now the Borders bookstore has been crushed by an Internet giant. And owner of Internet giant is going through giant divorce

    simianincsimianincVor 10 Tage
  • WISECRACK Super Cool DE-visions Channel

    Directors NotesDirectors NotesVor 10 Tage
  • The Philosophy of Kendrick Lamar??

    Chris MovesChris MovesVor 10 Tage
  • You're right, it's a little bit of a stretch. But that bit with General Franco is... disturbing. Especially if you consider that Spain under Franco was heavily catholic and restrictive with any kind of open sexuality... it doesn't paint Meg Ryan's character as a very smart or educated woman.

    Fermin TenavaFermin TenavaVor 10 Tage
  • i've been checking Wisecrack videos for a while, and I know what's lacking... Undertale Philosophy!!!!

    Captain XenocitaCaptain XenocitaVor 10 Tage
  • Please do: deep or dumb 2001 a space oddysey

    NaptimeGamingNaptimeGamingVor 10 Tage
  • Interesting, but pretty weak argument. She fell in love with the object of her demise. But apart from that, not many parallels.

    nrginsnrginsVor 10 Tage
  • Ouch... right in in the 90s

    Mntn DavdMntn DavdVor 10 Tage
  • The intros fantastic & everything after

    Dr. M. HfuhruhurrDr. M. HfuhruhurrVor 10 Tage
  • How bout, like, make the filthy frank vid u promised.

    Hoodman DanHoodman DanVor 10 Tage
  • Great Thumbnail! He looks like J Jonah Jameson!😅

    Disturbed PyroDisturbed PyroVor 10 Tage
  • nonetheless the add is ironic

    elhaid0relhaid0rVor 10 Tage
  • This is really quite a stretch... maybe if you have never seen You've Got Mail and also have never read 1984 you would buy this but... probably not.

    whatismyname5151whatismyname5151Vor 10 Tage
  • This movie is based off the 1937 play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, which was written before Orwell’s 1984, which was published in 1949, making (I’ll be generous) 90% of this video invalid. Actually, now thinking. Maybe you can argue that Orwell wrote 1984 based off You’ve Got Mail (Parfumerie) lol

    Demi AgapitosDemi AgapitosVor 10 Tage
  • (standing ovation)

    Soul MechanicsSoul MechanicsVor 10 Tage
  • Wisecrack has finally cracked. This is some whack shit man, I'm not gonna lie. I could barely get past the first minute and a half.

    Aidan MaxwellAidan MaxwellVor 10 Tage
  • Little shop around the corner is a very good film. I mean it has Jimmy Stewart. He was Tom Hanks before Tom Hanks was Tom Hanks.

    Zman JaceZman JaceVor 11 Tage
  • bootlicking the capitalist, a major theme in hwood

    smt rmsmt rmVor 11 Tage
  • Do the philosophy of Logan's run and the TV shows Dexter and Lucifer!!!

    Kyle CavarettaKyle CavarettaVor 11 Tage
  • Oh my god!!!!!!!!! Mind blown!

    Guilherme AranhaGuilherme AranhaVor 11 Tage

    DanMichael ReyesDanMichael ReyesVor 11 Tage
  • Sooo... Love is fascist? Ok, got it.

    PD ZombiePD ZombieVor 11 Tage

    WinstonWinstonVor 11 Tage
  • I had a similar reaction to 'Other People's Money', all the way through the film you think there's going to be some sort of a turnaround making some sort of a point and then it just ends with a right wing endorsement of the very thing it's been pretending to criticise. 'The Little Drummer Girl' as well.

    atthebridgeatthebridgeVor 11 Tage
  • This movie is terrifying.

    TvSonic SerbiaTvSonic SerbiaVor 11 Tage
  • Seeing that thumbnail makes me think that Tom Hanks would've made a great Andrew Ryan.

    Gary RivesGary RivesVor 11 Tage
  • Wow. That was just great, man. Thank you.

    Dual Lingua FrancaDual Lingua FrancaVor 11 Tage
  • Don’t worry amazon will bankrupt foxx

    daniel chungdaniel chungVor 11 Tage
  • Equating business to government is the tool of communists, and communists deserve the rope.

    Deep Fried JesusDeep Fried JesusVor 11 Tage
  • my teacher knows you

    bot boibot boiVor 11 Tage
  • Make Adolf Hankler. Would be really fun to see Tom Hanks as a dictator.

    Junk PhuJunk PhuVor 11 Tage
  • why must over-analysis ruin EVERYTHING

    punkfruitpunkfruitVor 11 Tage
  • Congratulations on finally getting this video made after all these years!

    Daniel MuñozDaniel MuñozVor 11 Tage

    Joey ShafferJoey ShafferVor 11 Tage
  • Love your stuff. Your content always makes me think. Just thought I would take a minute and tell you to check out Russian Doll on Netflix. It is an interesting take on the whole groundhog day theme. It might give you guys over at the crack to talk about.

    Andrew CameronAndrew CameronVor 11 Tage
  • Well, the difference is one is an indictment of fascism and one tells you to love it. Vote for Schultz and see how you like the next level.

    8523wsxc8523wsxcVor 12 Tage
  • I was wondering if you could make a video about utilitarianism to explain itachis crime on naruto, that would be dope. Anyways iblove your content

    Porfi CruzPorfi CruzVor 12 Tage
  • Very shameful Wisecrack. Please do more research on the differences between economic activity and the use of force by the state.

    Michael BeachMichael BeachVor 12 Tage
The Accidental Fascism of You've Got Mail: What This 90's Rom-Com Is Really About