Laws Broken: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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Have you ever watched a movie and thought “that looks illegal.” It probably is! Welcome to Laws Broken, a series on LegalEagle where I tackle your favorite movies and show you how legally irresponsible they are.

As a lawyer, it’s hard for me to watch movies, because I’m constantly thinking about how the main characters are breaking the law or opening themselves up for civil liability. But my pain is your entertainment!

This week we’re covering a cult classic, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). I love this movie, but something always stuck me as odd about the way that Willy Wonka ran his contest. It’s never a good sign when children start turning into fruit or getting incinerated.

Stay until the end when I tally up how long Wonka is going to jail and how much he owes the families of those poor children.

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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous from a legal perspective. Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to crush law school to take on the movies and TV.

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