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Sex & Nudity

  • A man has a lamp stand that is shaped in the form of a woman's leg with a high heel, and the movie's narrator references it as..."electric sex gleaming in the window."
  • There are some mild references throughout the movie.

Violence & Gore

  • A boy is shown with a black eye after a playground run-in with two bullies.
  • Ralphie daydreams about himself killing bad guys with a BB gun by shooting them in the butt.
  • Some boys get into a couple mild verbal fights and pushing, mostly involving a mean bully. One scene is more graphic and shows a nose bleed a couple times.
  • An electric outlet is overloaded at a couple points and sparks fly.
  • A dog's ear is caught in a door.
  • A cooked duck is served for dinner near the end, and its head is chopped off.


  • In a restaurant, Asians are singing the Christmas carol "Fa-la-la-la-lah" but that sing it "Ra-ra-ra-ra-rah, rah-ra-rah!".
  • In a two-minute sequence, "the big mother of all swear words: F dash dash dash" is dwelt upon. (The main character says "ffffffffffudge" on screen, but it is clarified that he really says the other word.)
  • The father and a few boys say "hell", "son of a bitch", "damn", and "smart ass". The father does a lot worse cursing, and the fact that he does so is a significant plot point. It should be noted that most of his cursing is heard as nonsense.
  • A boy shouts numerous Yosemite Sam-like obscenities while beating up a bully.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The parents have a glass of wine in one scene. The father offers some to his son but his mother says he can't have any.
  • One brief moment when the boy spits (tobacco, presumably) during a western daydream.
  • Delivery man is smoking a cigar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A dream sequence features the adults in the child protagonist's life mocking him and chanting, "You'll shoot your eye out." The boy's teacher is dressed as a witch.
  • There are two bullies who torment the main character, his brother and friends (twisting their arms, throwing snowballs, shoving etc)
  • During a few daydreams there are images of comic "bad guys."
  • The dad is portrayed as a bit tough, yelling and cussing nonsense.
  • Santa and his elves are portrayed as mean and impatient.
  • A boy sticks his tongue to a frozen lamp post after being dared to by his friends. They then leave him out in the blizzard as the school bell has just and the fire department has to come to pull his tongue off. Can be a little unsettling


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Violence & Gore

  • A boy is heard being yelled at by his mother over the phone and it is implied she beats him.

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