Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Dated comedy is part Ghostbusters, part Dickens.

PG-13 1988 101 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 12+

Scary and uses b#*ch several times

Good film and obviously all works out fine in the end but the ghost of Christmas future is a scary skeleton with strange heads inside him. Jacob Marley is a dusty, freaky corpse. A employee comes to try and shoot Scrooge with a shotgun and Scrooge sees himself being cremated (his feet and body graphically on fire) in Christmas future. B#*ch is used several times in reference to women in the film. My kids (8 & 10) enjoyed it but it made me uncomfortable. Would not recommend for under 12s.

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Too much swearing
age 13+

Never quite gets there

This movie tries to convey a positive message as you would expect from a retelling of "A Christmas Carol". However, the change from the villainous Scrooge character to his reformed self is not very convincing. Bill Murray just doesn't seem to be feeling anything all that deeply, so the ending feels like going through the motions. Also, the comedy bits get more forced toward the end. There are a few amusing bits sprinkled here and there, but they didn't add up to a good movie in my opinion. There were some moments of violence and gross-out "ghost" imagery played for comedy that felt a little distasteful. As the Common Sense reviewer mentioned, there are some sexual references that both feel awkward in a family movie, but also don't seem to fit with the relationship portrayed on screen. But they're not funny either, so why are they even there? Altogether, I would say this movie makes sense as a PG13 for content... but I can't picture children or teens being amused or moved by it either. It would not be on my list of must-see movies for Christmas.

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