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Adult Written byCalimom April 9, 2008

Better for older kids

A gentle word of warning, if your kids are young you may not want to open the department store Santa can of worms. This makes it clear that Santas are hired help and are not always nice people. Specifically, the Santa in the very beginning of the movie is drunk to the point of passing out. If your kids have a clear grasp of Santa vs. "Santa's helpers" they should be fine. If you are trying to preserve the illusion that your kids visit the real Santa at the mall, give this movie a pass until they're a little older. My 8 and 10 year old kids prefer the newer version, which has even more references to alcohol abuse. The contemporary feel is much more enchanting for them than this older version.
Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008
Parent of a 13 year old Written byTsion March 11, 2009

A Holiday Classic!

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is my favorite "Christmas" movie, in the truest sense of the word. My favorite holiday movie is "A WONDERFUL LIFE", but this one tops the list of Santa cheer. There's nothing to be concerned about, outside of a brief scene that shows a hired Santa intoxicated (he's fired). Parents can talk to kids about how seeing isn't believing, but believing is seeing. Highly recommended holiday viewing.
Parent of a 11 and 15 year old Written byCeltic1962 April 21, 2011
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byelainec1 November 25, 2016

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.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byLowe's man April 19, 2014

the best Christmas movie ever

Quite sentimental indeed. Watching this movie is always an enjoyable experience. Kris Kringle is wonderful as the Macy's Santa Claus. By telling the customers where to go to buy products that Macy's doesn't have, he provides excellent customer service. No wonder so many parents were happy. This in turn increased business at Macy's. Kris also gets Susan to believe in Santa Claus for the first time, and in the process gets her to have fun for the first time in her life. Susan's mother's friend (date? boyfriend?) also tries to get Susan to have some fun and fantasy as well. The best part is at the end, late Christmas morning (afternoon?), when Susan and her mother and her mother's boyfriend go to the house that Susan told Santa she wanted. This reaffirmed her belief in Santa Claus. Outside of being the Macy's Santa Claus, Kris Kringle has a hard time in the normal world. Sometimes we should let people live in their own world and not even try to assimilate them into the normal world, just as long as they aren't doing anything wrong. Sometimes people who don't fit into the normal world are still good people, just like Kris Kringle was. Kids need to realize this.
Parent Written byPlague February 26, 2010

Miracle on 34th Street

A wonderful instant classic for the whole family.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of an infant, infant, 3, and 5 year old Written byMississippiQueen January 7, 2009