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A Christmas Story

All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two hundred shot B.B. gun. But His father (Darren McGavin), mother (Melinda Dillon) and even Santa Claus (Jeff Gillen) are against the idea, fearing he will shoot his eye out. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 18 Nov 1983
Video Release: 05 Nov 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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A Christmas Story is rated PG: for brief mild violence and language, and for some bullying.

Director: Bob Clark
Cast: Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Peter Billingsley
Studio: 1983 Warner Brothers

Detailed Review

A Christmas Story celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. That’s good because it’s taken me that long to appreciate the movie. I first watched it when my kids were little—little… 
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Why Is A Christmas Story Rated PG?

Violence: A child dreams that he protects his family from bad guys by shooting them… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

Peter Billingsley, who plays Ralphie, went on to have roles as an adult in movies… 
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