It’s A Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life Review
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Director: Frank Capra
Writer: Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich
Release date: 1947-01-07
Runtime: 130 min.
Language: English
Plot: George Bailey wants to see the world, but instead he has to keep his dad's buisness from closing down. On top of that he has a family to run. Can he do it, or will he give up?
James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore

Family Friendliness

My Personal Review


“I wish I was never born!”

I know, I know, this is an older movie, but hey it is a CLASSIC! George Bailey is a man who wants to see the world! He wants to travel all around the world and see everything that there is to see. He doesn’t want to stay in his small hometown of Bedford Falls, even though his family lives there. All his plans seem to be going the way he wants until one day…

George is having a great time at a party for his little brother one night, and on the way home he encounters one of the most life changing events in anyone’s life. His dad dies. This crushes him really deep. Not only does this leave him with just a mother, but now he has to take over his father’s business. Will he keep the Bailey business running, or will he give up and go and see the world?

Ripe Apples

This movie is very family friendly. George Bailey may want to go and see the world, but when he knows that he needs to keep the business going, he does. He doesn’t want the people of Bedford Falls to fall into the hands of Potter, the other bank businessman who is mean to customers. He also is considerate to others. We even hear of angels who come and help people in need. Clarence, George’s guardian angel, helps George when he is down.

At the end, the people of the town help George when he is in trouble. This is a good demonstration of how neighbors should work together to help one another.

Rotten Apples

There isn’t a lot wrong with this movie. George gets angry in some scenes and bursts out in anger. In other scenes we see people be beaten up and punched, but it is very mild. George’s lip is bleeding in a couple scenes. In other scenes, we see people at a bar drinking. In other scenes, we hear people be called names to describe drunken people. One person acts very drunk in one scene. One person tries to commit suicide.

George marries a girl and they have a family. In one scene George’s wife tells him that he lassoed a stork. In others they kiss a lot, but nothing out of the normal. Near the beginning George wants to make a game out of it, but is unexpectedly called to an emergency.

We hear very little language in this movie, since it came out in 1947. There are a few name calling and 1 or 2 of the Lord’s name if that, it is a great Christmas classic for the entire family.


This movie definitely is a great family for the entire family. I would say it is good for all ages. So if you are looking for a good Christmas movie to watch with your family, check this one out. I see it every year, and I love it every time. It never gets old.

Note: I tried watching it in color and in black and white. The colored version is MUCH better. I recommend the colored version over the black and white version.

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