OK for kids 8+
Musical-comedy classic reprises Irving Berlin hit.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one musical number rhapsodizes nostalgically about minstrel shows. But viewers don't see any blackface makeup or overt racist images; it's just verbal gags, and kids who don't know the history won't realize the degrading black stereotypes that gave rise to the patter.
- Families can talk about the way the story plays off the WWII generation's strong military ties and stalwart respect for battlefield buddies and commanders, even in civilian life. It's a legacy that's perhaps a little too rosily painted here, but it still reflects the mindset of an America of yesteryear, where almost the entire country joined together in the war effort.
- Later commentators would say the same syndrome of unquestioning loyaltyand faith in the commander-in-chief got the United States intoquestionable wars in Vietnam and elsewhere. Do you agree?
- Families canalso talk about what makes this a classic. Is it just Bing Crosby and acatchy holiday tune, or is there more to it?
The good stuff
Messages: There's a strong sense of the WWII generation's military loyalty and respect.
Role models: The two song-and-dance heroes (one usually dragged reluctantly along bythe other) selflessly help two ladies in trouble and invest theirfortune in helping out their old wartime commander, who has fallen onhard times
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: A very brief depiction of WWII bombardment.
Sexy stuff: Somewhere there's a college campus where a wild revisionist could read a homosexual subtext into the showbiz heroes' longtime "bachelor" status (and dressing in drag for one musical number). But in the real world, nothing to worry about.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: None, unless you count a certain Irving Berlin recording.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Recreational drinking in a nightclub.
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White Christmas by rr2lester796
My wife's favorite movie which is why we went. It was amazing to see it on the big screen. Amazing quality considering how long ago it was made. Made for a very enjoyable evening!
LOVE LOVE LOVE by lindenkl
Love the fact that classics are still in the theatre! White Christmas is the best Christmas movie, and seeing younger kids in the theatre enjoying it and laughing means that this is a classic that will never be forgotten. Sure it is funny to see clothing styles and make fun of that but this movie still has the humor seen today and the timeless love story that movies new and old have.
Go see this classic on the BIG SCREEN! by titanic1
This is one of my all time favorite holiday movies. To have the chance to see it on the big screen was a dream come true. I recommend everyone to go see it and support bringing back the oldies to the movie theaters once in a while! :-)
Fantastic To See On Big Screen! by AveryFamily3
Truely a loved classic! Grew up watching this on small home tv, so very different seeing it on the big screen,
Sisters, Sisters by mlleaimee
Classic. Especially on the big screen.
White Christmas by Hephzibah_Photography
Amazing, highly recommended one more chance to see it Wednesday night don't miss it!