A Christmas Story

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.

PG 1983 98 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 60 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 90 reviews

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age 12+

Just because it’s “classic” doesn’t mean it’s good.

Most the other reviews are talking about this being nostalgic, however just because it was around and people liked it when it came out isn’t a good enough reason to show it to kids. Honestly I remember this movie making me cringe as a kid and it does still. We have some bullies, we have some sexist behavior between mom and dad. We’ve got kind of a scary /rude Santa in the mall. We’ve got the gun. I get it’s reminiscent of past times and such. But I’d rather find another one that doesn’t include all these weird things I have to explain away.
age 9+

Nostalgic fun

My daughter turned 8 years old a week before we saw this movie. She was kind of engaged, but eventually got bored. She was scared by the tongue scene and the Santa scene.

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