A Christmas Story (1983) Movie Poster
  • Released
  • November 18, 1983
  • PG, 1 hr 33 min
  • Comedy
  • 321 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Christmas Story has become a must-see holiday classic. Its 1940s setting offers an appealing sense of nostalgia, and it really gets what it means to be a kid at Christmas. That said, both kids and adults in use and discuss strong language ("ass," "son of a bitch"), and one famous scene involves young Ralphie using the "F" word (though movie viewers hear the word "fudge"). Afterward, he's punished for swearing by having his mouth washed out with soap. Ralphis is also bullied and beats up his nemesis, then cries afterward. One child sticks his tongue on a flagpole on a dare and needs the fire department to unstick him.

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