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The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

Updated April 9, 2021 41.1k votes 5.6k voters 330.1k views131 items

List RulesVote up the most uncomfortable films to watch with your mom and dad - only real movies that you might accidentally watch with them!

There are certain obvious types of movies you don't want to watch with your parents. There are times, however, when a seemingly innocuous movie slips into the multiplex or Netflix queue, and you end up seeing an awkward movie with your parents. It happens and it is traumatic.

Just imagine seeing Magic Mike with your mom: there is zero good that can come out of that. Be they movies with gross-out humor or a lot of skin, these are the weird movies to watch with your parents that you might want to avoid.

What are the weirdest films to watch with your parents? What are some movies you don't want to see with your mom? If you can think of any other movies it would suck to watch with your parents, make sure to add them to this list of awkward choices, just so that other people don't make the mistake of watching Secretary with their folks. You're doing the public a service, friend.

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    Nymphomaniac: Volume II

    Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård

    Released2013

    Directed byLars von Trier

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    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Taylor-Johnson

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    Secretary

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Shainberg

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    Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård

    Released2013

    Directed byLars von Trier

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    Eyes Wide Shut

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1999

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

    Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Six

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    Showgirls

    Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    9½ Weeks

    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger

    Released1986

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Caligula

    Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole

    Released1979

    Directed byTinto Brass

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    Wild Things

    Bill Murray, Denise Richards

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn McNaughton

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    Sausage Party

    Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig

    Released2016

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan

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    A Serbian Film

    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović

    Released2010

    Directed bySrdjan Spasojevic

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    Last Tango in Paris

    Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1972

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

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    Monster's Ball

    Halle Berry, Sean Combs

    Released2002

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    Lee Nicholas Harris, Dieter Laser

    Released2011

    Directed byTom Six

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    Magic Mike

    Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto

    Released2000

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Blue Velvet

    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

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