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Santa Claus - The Movie

This ambitious production tries to create the definitive Santa Claus, with elaborate sets and reindeer animatronics. Then the script places Saint Nick (David Huddleston) and his elf Patch (Dudley Moore) in a modern day misadventure with an unscrupulous toy maker (John Lithgow). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 108
Theater Release: 28 Nov 1985
Video Release: 26 Oct 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Santa Claus - The Movie Rated PG?


Most of the movie’s content issues fall into the latter half—which is set in the modern day. Here a cigar-smoking villain is responsible for making unsafe toys, taking advantage of others, uttering threats and kidnapping a child. A few mild profanities and terms of Deity used as expletives are heard. Sexual content is limited to the costumes of some dancing girls hired to promote a product. Other minor depictions of concern include a man dressed as Santa and collecting money for the poor but instead uses the cash to buy alcohol, a child who is nasty to a cat, and the homeless situation of the character named Joe.

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