Growing up, it’s likely you had little-to-no chance of seeing nudity outside a rare glimpse of semi-nude bodies in movies your parents approved of, so you had to get creative with what you watched. How to best find a movie your parents were okay with you watching that scratched that itch when you're, say 11 to 16 or so years old? As a young cinephile, you had to find just the right kind of titillating films, those offering a carnival of flesh without arousing attention from parents.
Everyone knows the best movie nudity for kids comes in classy PG-13 movies with a flash of naked part, but finding such movies often meant taking a deep dive into stuff your parents might not want to watch: '80s teen comedies and B-horror films. Once you found those movies, you had to come up with an excuse as to why you were watching them, in case you got caught. Prepare to be transported back to yesteryear while you read about all the movies kids watch to see nudity, especially in the pre-smart phone days.
Relive the magic of those clandestine VHS viewings by reading about everything you watched to see some sneaky nudity.
The Scene: There's nothing sneaky about Fast Times at Ridgemont High; it has what's considered to be the most famous lady-in-the-buff scene in history. Luckily, for kids, it's also considered an important film in teen genre.
How You Convinced Your Parents: If you were smart enough (or if your parents didn't want to argue), you could swing it that you were watching a seminal film about the ontological struggles of young people in Southern California, in which there just happened to be a bunch of bare chests onscreen.
#41 on The Funniest '80s Movies
The Scene: There are some movies on this list you could get away with watching while your parents were awake. This isn't one of them. Wild Things doesn't just have a few shows of skin, it has girl-fueled action in a swimming pool, a buckwild group thing in which Neve Campbell pours champagne all over a shirtless Denise Richards, and a scene of Kevin Bacon showing off his dong.
How You Convinced Your Parents: You could argue the cinematic merits of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but the same tack won't work for Wild Things. Chances are even lower if you showed them Roger Ebert's review:
"Wild Things is lurid trash, with a plot so twisted they're still explaining it during the closing titles. It's like a three-way collision between a softcore...film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir. I liked it... The movie solidifies Neve Campbell's position as the queen of slick exploitation, gives Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon lots of chances to squint ominously, and has a...scene with Denise Richards (of Starship Troopers) that is either gratuitous or indispensable, depending on your point of view."
But in all likelihood, you didn't convince them to let you watch this movie. You snuck it behind their backs, and didn't regret it for a minute.
#27 on The Best Movies of 1998
The Scene: There's an almost 100% chance that when your adult guardian took you to see Starship Troopers in the theater, neither of you knew you were in for a shower scene quite like this. You probably felt a strange mix of embarrassment and elation, and then pretended like you didn't even notice all those bodies on a giant screen.
How You Convinced Your Parents: Who in their right mind would have assumed a movie with a name as generic as Starship Troopers, about humans taking on aliens in space, would have a co-ed shower scene? You probably told your parents it was like Independence Day or Men in Black and hoped they didn't read reviews or see the R rating notation on the poster.
The Scene: Species has a phenomenally nondescript name. Isn't every living thing a species? Preteen, teen, adult - it doesn't matter how old you were when Species graced the shelves of every video rental store in the country, the only reason you watched this sordid mess of B-schlock masquerading as an actual-film was Natasha Henstridge taking out that guy in the pool. Or, you know, just any scene she's in.
How You Convinced Your Parents: If you were into sci-fi, this presented no problems. The premise and your love of Star Trek made if very easy to convince your parents you wanted to see Species for its merits as science fiction.
#44 on The Best Movies of 1995