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 91 reviews

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age 14+

CSM needs to review their review

I registered just to write about this movie since it really is not what CSM claims it is, at least in the 2020s My 9yo daughter had a BAD time watching this supposedly "funny" and "family" movie. This is really not for kids at all. Anyone watching this movie has to understand very well the context of 1940s US and why the way things were in schools and homes were by no means what they are today. There´s lots of violence (physical, racism and psicological), lots of consumerism, lots of drinking... If you watch it even with a 12yo kid, you'll have to do lots of explaining on why those things are not acceptable or even funny these days. Please CSM, review your review. Thanks.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
6 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Racist and weird

I know it’s dated which I expected but it was so boring for our 10 and 15 year olds, as well as lots of inappropriate language/innuendo and a racist restaurant scene.
3 people found this helpful.

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