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8 Movies You Should Not Watch With Your Parents

With Thanksgiving almost here and the rest of the holiday season following, you’ll likely be spending plenty of time with your family. One idea that may come to mind is renting a movie or hitting Netflix when all of the festivities of the day have ended. While this may sound like a great idea, take a little advice from me and avoid an embarassing situation like one I encountered not long ago.

On a recent trip to visit my family, my parents flipped on the TV and said “find something for us to watch on Netflix”. Looking through the offerings of new releases, I stumbled upon Side Effects with Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum. Several people had mentioned that it was a great movie, and the cast was pretty solid, so I hit play and moments later regretted my decision.

**WARNING: There may be spoilers, just in case you haven’t seen these movies**


Side Effects
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Side Effects

Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum
 
 

A psychological thriller with with some big names and decent reviews from critics sounds like a win. While the movie itself offers some interesting plot twists and is a pretty good movie, Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara getting it on a few times early on in the movie (including full frontal Rooney) makes things kind of uncomfortable. Adding a twist, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones kind of get busy too with plenty of dirty talk, making things awkward while sitting down with the parents.

 
Brokeback Mountain
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Brokeback Mountain

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger
 
 

Maybe your dad likes western movies, and your mom thought Heath Ledger did a fantastic job playing the role of The Joker in The Dark Knight, so a movie like this comes up. Another movie that got good critical reviews and pushed the envelope of what is acceptable in mainstream film, Brokeback Mountain gets uncomfortable with sexual content...and if your parents have more of a "traditional" view of the world, this love story will really stir things up.

 
American Pie
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American Pie

Starring Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan
 
 

Pretty much everyone knows this is a fairly crude movie; but if you happen to be out of the loop, this is one you should check out without your parents.

Mom and Dad might see "that girl from How I Met Your Mother" and think this could be a fun comedy to check out. Sure, it's hilarious, but the movie is chock full of scenes like the pie scene and flute/band camp bit that will have you quickly wishing you weren't sitting in the same room as your parents.

This goes for all of the American Pie franchise. Just because the characters get older and "more mature", that doesn't mean the humor gets less crude.

 
Basic Instinct
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Basic Instinct

Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone
 
 

Don't let big names like Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone draw you in. This critically acclaimed movie about a police investigation could also be called a borderline "adult film" with plenty of visuals that might make you blush in front of mom.

 
Scary Movie
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Scary Movie

Starring Marlon Wayans, Carmen Electra, Anna Faris, Jon Abrahams
 
 

This is another one I have personal experience with. It happened to be on TV at one point, and Dad decided to stop to see what this movie was all about.

In the same flavor of American Pie, this is one of those funny movies with plenty of crude humor and references you either don't want to know your parents get (or have to explain to them because you're laughing and they aren't).

 
Team America
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Team America: World Police

Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone
 
 

This one is pretty obvious: No, puppets doesn't mean it will be an innocent movie.

Even if your parents have an edgy sense of humor, racism and puppet sex are going to really push the envelope after Thanksgiving dinner.

 
Black Swan
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Black Swan

Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
 
 

This is almost the perfect storm when it comes to being tricked into watching a movie with your parents that you really shouldn't.

Natalie Portman is pretty well known for having wholesome roles. Mila Kunis's main resume point was That 70's Show. This movie got rave reviews and won awards. Seems harmless, right?

Well, beside a really uncomfortable mother-daughter relationship, there is plenty of blatant sexuality and girl-on-girl action to make you squirm on the couch between Mom and Dad.

 
Dragon Tattoo
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer
 
 

The book series is incredibly popular, the movie got great reviews, and the guy that plays James Bond is the main character. How can you go wrong?

Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic film; but Rooney Mara seems to have no issue taking roles that put her in very edgy scenes. Not only does Rooney's character get nearly "adult film" with Daniel Craig's character, but there is plenty of GRAPHIC (yes, the all-caps is necessary) rape depicted in the film. Those scenes are guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable by yourself, let alone with your parents.

 

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