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The Wizard of Oz Shock Rating

Shock Rating


We're not going to lie: this can be a very scary picture, especially for little kids for whom Wicked Witches are a daily scourge demanding constant vigilance to prevent. But for all of the implications of euthanized dogs and houses dropped on people, it remains the ultimate family friendly film. There's not a hint of sex, there's no harsh language, and the violence is either left off-screen or limited to a bucket of water getting splashed in someone's face. Add good witches, dancing munchkins and other eerily happy people, and that makes The Wizard a supreme example of entertainment for all ages. Just be ready to leave the night light on for a few days afterwards.