I was well aware of the history of this movie, just never got around to seeing it. It’s a delight of a palate cleanser of a movie even with the mental hospital/insane asylum tropes. A great message of “it’s better to be nice than sane”. When Elwood says he used to be smart, and recommends pleasant instead, I felt it. I only learned that recently. Not that you can’t be both, but that’s extremely difficult because dumb people are very annoying to smart people.
Should be required viewing as a lesson in how to care about other people. How to treat anyone from any walk of life with kindness and respect. How to treat anyone whether you have money or not and whether they have money or not.