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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Some kissing.
  • A woman jokes to her mother that a suitor is "making violent love to me."
  • A woman loses her robe while walking home, leaving her naked. She hides behind a bush and we do not see anything, but the man she's with refuses to return the robe and jokes about selling tickets to see her naked.
  • Some men approvingly ogle a pretty woman as she walks down the street.
  • The Violet Bicknell character flirts frequently with George Bailey.
  • In the Pottersville, there are signs for nightclubs and burlesque theaters.
  • A man chases his family's housekeeper around the house, saying that he's "madly in love" with her.

Violence & Gore

  • A man slaps a boy repeatedly in the ears until they bleed. However, the blood cannot be seen clearly since the film is in black and white.
  • A police officer fires a gun at an unarmed fleeing man, but the shots miss and the man escapes.
  • A man punches another man.
  • A man's mouth bleeds (no blood shown).
  • A druggist mistakenly sends poison to a customer. The mistake is caught before anyone is hurt but in the alternate version of Bedford Falls, reference is made to the people being poisoned.


  • None; just some minced oaths (curse-substitutes like Gosh).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
  • Scenes of raucous drinking at a bar.
  • George Bailey (James Stewart) gets drunk.
  • An alcoholic is shown drunk

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A child almost drowns.
  • The subject matters can be intense/emotional.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man attempts to commit suicide.

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