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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.


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).


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


A child almost drowns.

A man attempts to commit suicide.

The subject matters can be intense/emotional.

14/50 - this is okay for 10+


Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some violence (2012)
Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) / Canada:F (Ontario) / Finland:K-7 (2013) (TV rating) / Finland:S (1990) / Finland:K-16 (1946) / Germany:6 / Japan:G (2015) / Netherlands:6 (re-rating) / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:T / Sweden:15 / Sweden:7 (re-rating) (2009) / UK:U / USA:Approved (PCA #11656) (original rating) / USA:PG (certificate #48082) (2012)

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