Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Frank Capra's bittersweet, heartwarming movie is a Christmas classic. Tweens and teens will love it as an engaging story that takes on the human condition in all its complexity. While there's some dated behavior -- particularly in the way an African-American maid is treated -- there's also a beautiful message about how much each person means to the world. Expect some gunshots, a short fist-fight, and other scenes involving temper issues -- as well as the despair that drives George to consider ending his own life -- but overall this is a family-friendly pick for the holidays (or anytime!).
A naked woman in a shrubbery. Nothing is seen and it's very funny.
Gunshots. A short fist fight. For a brief moment, George knocks over the furniture and loses his temper. It's a tough scene when George is slapped by Mr. Bower. George considers ending his life.
Important message about the value of an individual life and how one person's actions affect all those around him. Family and friendship are important. Small-town residents are loyal to each other. Some dated behavior, particularly in the way an Arrican-American maid is treated.
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