Parents' Guide to

It's a Wonderful Life

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

This classic delivers warmth all year long.

Movie NR 1946 125 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 7+

Best Classic Movie

Great movie very inspiring message.
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Great film , an old classic that never is out of date , most suitable for all ages !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!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (65 ):

This film has earned a reputation as a perennial Christmas classic, and with good reason. It's a Wonderful Life conveys the values of love, compassion, sharing, and kindness through a no-nonsense story that defies conventions of what a holiday movie should be. After contemplating ending his life, George discovers that his existence has saved his community from the cruelty of robber barons and, more importantly, from its own greed and shortsightedness.

Made just after World War II, the film was a favorite for both leading man Stewart and director Capra. There's a delightful song and dance sequence, visually witty moments like the dance floor that converts into a swimming pool during a feverish Charleston competition, and sophisticated dialogue. Stewart gives one of his best performances, showcasing the ways in which all our contributions, whether we see them as big or small, make a difference in the world.

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