It's a Wonderful Life

Movie review by Randy White, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

This classic delivers warmth all year long.

NR 1946 125 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 64 reviews

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age 14+

Slapping a child, not pleasant to watch period

Lot's of old ways that we've worked hard to overcome.

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Too much violence
age 2+

Old classic that truly life is wonderful

Great film , an old classic that never is out of date , most suitable for all ages ! Teaches young and old that life is truly wonderful when everyone works together and looks out for one another - a beautiful Christmas movie that brings families together - a must see!

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