Holiday season is here and the kids might be asking if they can see this one. Will Ferrell in Elf is an instant classic! But can they? What is the true age rating of Elf? Can your kids watch this one? We’re coving the 7 big things parents need to know about the age rating for Elf in this parents guide.
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About Elf (2003)
One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys…
Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf–and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole.
This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world–in New York City.
Buddy finds his workaholic father (James Caan)–who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list, a new mother (Mary Steenburgen) and a 10-year-old brother who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or elves.
Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny–to save Christmas for New York and the world!
Read the best quotes from Elf.
Age Rating of Amsterdam: Parents Guide (7 Big Things)
Elf is a family favorite! But how kid-friendly is it?
Can your kids watch this one? What is the age rating of Elf?
This parent’s guide will help you decide if your family can handle the seven big issues with movies and shows: mature topics, gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give the Elf (2003) age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
Your kids will hear a few unkind words and minor swears.
- “up yours”
- son of a nutcracker
Age Rating of Elf: Is It Safe For Kids When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
There’s some general romance in Elf, but there is no sex or nudity in the movie.
There is a reference to a peep show, but this might go over your kid’s head.
Elf is kid-friendly in this area.
Violence and Gore: Is Elf Too Scary For Kids Under 8?
Elf doesn’t have any gore to speak of: no one dies or is maimed.
It also isn’t a scary movie, though there are some times when characters (and the future of Christmas itself!) are in peril.
There are some fistfights, a character is hit by a car (but bounces right up), an animal (racoon) attacks a character, and the park rangers enter a chase through Central Park in a menacing way.
Is Elf Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
The main topic is Buddy the Elf’s parentage.
Buddy is given up for adoption and subsequently crawls into Santa’s sack and ends up at the North Pole. Kids with adoption questions may be concerned about this issue.
There is some drinking to the point of drunkenness and some smoking in the movie.
Santa is portrayed as a real person, so no worries about ruining the magic for little kids here. But he also does issue a kind of death threat that might be out of character for the Santa your kids know.
There is also a scene where a person with dwarfism is the subject of some jokes.
Elf (2003) Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Elf is rated PG for mild rude humor and language.
Is Elf OK for kids under the age of 8?
Parents Guide: Is Elf Appropriate For Kids Under 8?
We think Elf is one of the more family-friendly Christmas movies out there.
It should be something kids ages 6 and up can handle in most cases.
There are a few issues as noted above, but if these do not concern your family: enjoy Elf together this holiday season!
Where To Stream The Christmas Movies You Love
- Christmas Movies to Stream on Hulu
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- Christmas Movies For Kids to Stream on Netflix
- Christmas Movies to Stream on Disney+
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.