Film Movies You Never Realized Were Super Inappropriate As A Kid  

Katia Kleyman
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It's easy to wax nostalgic about films from your childhood. You might remember them as funny and heart-warming, but if you take a chance to watch them as an adult, you are going to realize there are a lot of kids’ movies that are surprisingly inappropriate. Filmmakers know parents often see films with their kids, so they add some adult content to make it entertaining for everyone. 

The adult movie humor that went over your head in childhood may seem obvious now, but often the adult humor is a quick line that flies low under the radar. Some of these movies you never realized are inappropriate will have you thinking, “how was this given a PG-rating?” Well, all the dirty jokes you missed in childhood favorites are illuminated here.


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The original Ghostbusters and its sequelGhostbusters II, may have been a little too grown-up for a PG rating. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) receives oral pleasure from a seductive and wispy ghost lady. How do you explain that one to the kids? 

There is another joke in the film that simply shouldn't fly with any audience. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) says he knocked out his date, the demonically-possessed Donna (Sigourney Weaver) with 300CCs of Thorazine; Thorazine was a popular method of date-raping in the 70s and 80s. Also, 300CCs is a dose large enough to kill six adults. Venkman did not know Donna was possessed at this time, so he didn't bring it on his date to sedate a demon. 

Actors: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Walton, Ron Jeremy, + more

Initial Release: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies You Never Realized Were Super Inappropriate As A Kid
Photo:  New Line Cinema

The Mask starring Jim Carry looks to be your typical whacky, kid-friendly movie. In fact, kids loved it so much the movie spawned an animated TV series from 1995-1997. The movie is tame for the most part, but there are some adult jokes millennial tots probably missed. 

In the film, Mask makes a bunch of balloon animals for some cops. As he’s pulling deflated balloons from his pocket, he pulls out a condom and remarks, “whoops, wrong pocket.” The other questionable content is the physically abusive relationship between Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz) and her gangster boyfriend, Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene).

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein, Amy Yasbeck, Joely Fisher, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Chuck Russell

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies You Never Realized Were Super Inappropriate As A Kid
Photo:  Universal Pictures

How The Grinch Stole Christmas is marketed towards kids, but some grown-up jokes make it totally fun to watch for adults as well. While the film is squeaky-clean for the most part, there is one joke that may have flown over some grown-ups' heads, too: a reference to swinging. 

In the scene, a newly-flown-in baby Grinch finds himself outside the window of a Who annual holiday party. He looks disturbed as to what he sees inside: Whos putting their keys in a big bowl. Either the Whos were having a swingers' key party, or the host anticipated the Whos to get so wasted they weren't allowed to drive home. Either way, not the most kid-friendly.

Actors: Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taylor Momsen, Ron Howard, + more

Initial Release: 2000

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Never Realized Were Super Inappropriate As A Kid
Photo:  BuenaVista Pictures

Just because a movie is animated and given a PG rating, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suitable for children. The PG-13 rating wasn’t established until 1984, but Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) was still given a PG rating despite being loaded with adult content.

For one, there’s the cigar smoking baby who says, “The problem is that I’ve got a 50-year-old lust and a 3-year-old dinky.” There’s also the extremely pneumatic Jessica Rabbit who is more sexualized than any femme fatale of noir films meant for adults. Oh, and Roger has a major drinking problem, and there’s enough booze, violence and, ehmm … patty-cake to make a Scorsese film blush.

Actors: Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins, Mel Blanc, Frank Welker, + more

Initial Release: 1988

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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