Childhood Movies That Aren't as Innocent as You Remember

Take a look at this list before you sit down for family movie night. 

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You might not recall the cursing, sexual innuendo, and racial stereotypes in films you watched growing up—or perhaps you saw the edited TV versions. Ratings aren’t a reliable indicator for movies released before 1984, when PG-13 was established. Before that time, PG was a wider category. Commonsensemedia.org offers age ratings for movies as well as details about what might catch you off guard—like scenes from these ’80s and ’90s flicks.

Big

This 1988 film includes sexual innuendo (“I get to be on top”), plus Tom Hanks— playing a 13-year-old trapped in a man’s body—touches a woman’s breast. Drinking and smoking are also shown.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Frequent profanity will give you second thoughts about showing this 1986 film to kids.

Splash

This mermaid tale from 1984 contains brief nudity, lots of references to sex, and some cursing. 

Mrs. Doubtfire

It’s funny, for sure. But looking back, you’ll be surprised by how many curse words and sexist comments are in this 1993 flick.

Uncle Buck

In this 1989 comedy, a boy asks his teen sister if she’s “waiting for your sex.”