A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Children can learn about the importance of listening to everyone without placing judgment on them.
Heartwarming messages about the importance of childhood wonder, trust, and standing up for what you believe. Themes include integrity and courage.
Positive Role Models
Susan stands up for what she believes in. Kris Kringle is fuzzy and warm. Other than a little cynicism on the part of the mother in the beginning, things are rosy all around here.
Most characters are White, except for Doris' maid Cleo (Theresa Harris), who is Black and not featured prominently. Doris is an empowered single mother who instills strong values and beliefs in her daughter. Despite her young age, Susan has agency and doesn't let others sway her. Kris Kringle is judged based on his age and beliefs -- characters try to send him to a mental institution.
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Violence & Scariness
Kris bops Sawyer on the head for mistreating Albert.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is in a relationship; they hug, share one kiss, and talk about their futures as a married couple.
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Products & Purchases
Macy's branding throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigars and cigarettes. In two scenes, characters appear drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miracle on 34th Street is a classic tale from 1947 that established New York City's Macy's as one of the world's most iconic stores for holiday shopping. The Macy's brand is a big focus, as are Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) and Santa Claus, versus the more religious aspects of Christmas. The little girl at the heart of the story, Susan (Natalie Wood), at first doesn't believe in Santa (because her mom has raised her as a realist) -- which could lead to questions from kids -- but ultimately she's proven wrong and becomes a stout believer in St. Nick. Characters smoke cigarettes and cigars; two appear drunk in a couple of scenes. Most characters are White, except for maid Cleo (Theresa Harris), who is Black but isn't given much to do. Kris Kringle is judged based on his age and beliefs -- characters try to send him to a mental institution. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This holiday classic from 1947 remains a great example of Hollywood studio filmmaking. Both Gwenn and Miracle on 34th Street's screenplay won Academy Awards, and the film itself was nominated for Best Picture. It lost to A Gentleman's Agreement, but while the latter has become rather obscure, best reserved for awards completists, Miracle remains a timeless work of art that can uplift even the most cynical spirits.
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