How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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

age 8+

Live-action take on classic has some crude, scary moments.

PG 2000 105 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 82 reviews

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age 12+

Language disappointing

It wasn’t scary for our kids but the use of language (“what the hell” and “bitchin’”) has no place in a kids’ movie. That’s enough for me to say we won’t be watching it again.

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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 8+

My favorite Christmas movie

This is a must watch around Christmas time. It does say the b word toward the end. He said the sun is shining and the snow is b*ing. I was pretty surprised. There are a few other scenes when he lands in her chest. And couple times mentions alcohol. I like the message about what Christmas is about, including outsiders and people who are alone and redemption. I do still love this movie.

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