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Still shot from the movie: It’s A Wonderful Life.

It’s A Wonderful Life

On a snowy Christmas eve, George Bailey (James Stewart) finds himself wondering why he was ever born. In the midst of his musings, a crazy old man (Henry Tavers) claiming to be an angle appears and gives the desperate man an opportunity to see how things might have been had he never existed. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 07 Jan 1947
Video Release: 01 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This movie portrays some wonderful examples of loving families. What can we learn from George about being a son and a brother? What can we learn from Mary’s support of her husband and children? Where does George find his greatest happiness? What made George’s life so wonderful?

Capra has been criticized for not meting out justice upon Potter. What kind of consequences do you think he may face? How does Capra’s lack of including revenge differ from many movies made today?

After watching this movie, you may feel inspired to examine your life for those seemingly insignificant moments that have had an impact on you, and to reflect on how you treat others. The Christmas season may be the perfect time to take a moment to thank those individuals who have influenced your life, or resolve to have a more positive effect on those around you.

To learn more about the director of this movie, check out his biography: Frank Capra - The Name Above the Title.

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