Best for teens and up
I LOVE this movie as a young adult and really wanted to share it with my children. I saw that Common Sense Media suggested it for 6 years and up and so I was excited to share it with my 8 year old and 10 year old. I haven't seen it in a while so I forgot some of the scenes. Both my kids believe in Santa Clause and parts of this were really disturbing. The opening scene was a drunk Santa in the Macy's parade and it totally confused our kids. Given that so many people discussed that there wasn't a Santa Claus and there was a LOT of dialogue in the beginning of the movie, my kids were bored and asked to be excused, so they were and didn't watch the rest of the movie. Later on, I'm glad I excused them as one scene (which adults find very funny) was a very drunk woman saying "Of course Santy-Clause can stay with us!". There is also smoking in a few scenes. Also, the Kris Kringle gets put in a mental hospital which would also be confusing for my children. There are so many subtleties in this movie ("latent tendencies", "guilt complex") that it wouldn't be entertaining for my kids except for the monkey imitation scene and the bubble gum scene with Natalie Wood which are completely charming, and of course, the end where the mounds of letters pour on the judge's desk and Susan she gets the house of her dreams. It really is a movie for us adults and perhaps tweens and teens, though. Not for young kids.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking