Parent’s Guide (7 Big Things)

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Gremlins is PG rated, so a lot of parents might think, cool, my grandkids can watch it! But beware Gen X parents: the PG of 1984 is NOT the PG of the 2020s. So what is the real age rating of the Gremlins? Can your kids watch this one? We cover the 7 big things parents need to know about Gremlins’ (1984) age rating in this parents’ guide.

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About Gremlins (1984)

With its Christmas lights and dusting of snow, Kingston Falls is an idyllic little town, until the gremlins take over.

A father returns from Chinatown with an unusual pet, a Mogwai, as a gift for his son.

The rules are simple: keep your Mogwai away from water, bright lights, and most importantly, never feed him after midnight.

But the rules are inadvertently broken and the consequences multiply at an alarming rate.

Watch the Gremlins Trailer here.

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Gremlins Age Rating: Parents Guide (7 Big Things)

Is Gremlins a Halloween (horror) movie or a Christmas movie? Maybe a bit of both.

There are definitely some spooky, spooky, and gory moments that happen during this Christmas movie.

So, can your kids watch this one? What is the age range of the Gremlins?

This guide for parents will help you decide if your family can handle the seven big issues with movies and shows: adult subjects, gore, violence, language, sex, romance and nudity. . We will also give the Gremlins age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.

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There is quite a bit of language used in this film.

It’s not too bad on the frequency or type scale, but there are some words that may not be kid-friendly in Gremlins for your family.

Your children will hear:

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Gremlins Age Rating: Is it safe for kids when it comes to sex, romance and nudity?

Gremlins are safe in this area.

There is a romance but nothing sexual happens on screen.

And there’s no nudity in Gremlins.

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Violence and Gore: Are Gremlins Too Scary for Kids Under 10?

This is the biggest concern when deciding if your tweens or younger can watch Gremlins.

It’s a scary movie at times and there are quite a few bloody and violent scenes that you might need an encore on. 1984 was a long time ago, my friends!

Here are some of the highlights you should know:

  • a woman talks about slowly killing the main character’s dog and putting it in her dryer to do it
  • a dog (alive) hanging from a pole in the Christmas lights
  • the character is found dead with a syringe sticking out of him
  • friendly gremlin is tied to a dartboard, visibly frightened, darts are thrown at him
  • a gremlin is mixed in a blender
  • a gremlin stabbed multiple times
  • a gremlin is microwaved (and it explodes)
  • gremlins attack a character, choke and scratch it
  • a gremlin is burned alive
  • gremlins run through a house and run over two characters with a snow plow
  • a figure is shot through the window of the top floor of his house
  • cars frequently crash into/through buildings, occasionally flip
  • a gremlin is shot by another gremlin
  • gremlins explode/set on fire when characters fill a room with gas and set it on fire
  • the character is hit in the arm with an arrow
  • a gremlin background quite graphically

Can you believe it was PG when we were kids? Gen X was just built differently or something – ha!

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Is Gremlins Okay For Kids: Adult Topics

If all the violence doesn’t make you reconsider Gremlins as a family night movie, maybe some of the mature subject matter covered will.

There are direct statements about suicide rates at Christmas, ‘opening their wrists’

A very drunk man is at the bar and is being escorted away.

The Gremlins drink and smoke heavily in one scene.

And the most tragic thing is this Christmas backstory.

Santa Alert: A character depicts his father’s graphic and tragic Christmas-related death, including him breaking his neck in their fireplace and her accidentally starting a fire under him.

That’s how she knew there was no more Santa Claus, so keep this message in mind if you plan to show it to younger children.

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Gremlins Age Rating: At What Age Can You Really Watch This One?

Gremlins is rated PG (from 1984) for language, horror elements, and violence.

Parents Guide: Is Gremlins suitable for children under 10?

Honestly, Gremlins should be a PG-13 movie, and parents who were ’80s kids might need this sweet reminder.

Gremlins was one of the movies that prompted the addition of a PG-13 rating, for what it’s worth.

If your young kids are okay with spooky, spooky stuff (let’s say they like stranger things), then you can probably go as young as 10 for Gremlins. But we think it might be better for kids 12 and up.

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