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Published September 4th 2014
Avoid the awkwardness
I was 13. Enthusiastic, naïve. I'd just discovered The Rocky Horror Picture Show and thought it was the best thing I'd ever seen. It was a rainy winter's day. My devoted parent let me choose the video to stick in the player.
I never really noticed how sexual Rocky Horror was until that day. That horrible, excruciatingly embarrassing day. I hadn't ever been as uncomfortable as I was watching Tim Curry cavorting across his laboratory, fondling an oiled-up Rocky, newly hatched from his Frankenfurter vat.
I don't remember what it was like when we actually got to the raunchier scenes. I think I've repressed it.
Dad seemed to like the film.
In memory of that day, here's seven other films I recommend you not watch with one, both or even somebody else's parents. Consider their order a method of rating the awkwardness, 1 being blushworthy, 10 being the kind of situation which you start digging yourself backwards through the couch cushions just to get away from.
1. Indecent Proposal. Let's start off at the lighter end of the section with this one. Watching it with my mother brought home to me just how little we'd talked about sex. It didn't help things.
2. Titanic. For a movie that is sweetly romantic, Titanic has a surprising number of awkward scenes. It's just that reason that has led so many people to watch it with their parents, only to come to the drawing scene (or the car scene) and wish they'd just picked Toy Story instead.
3. Ghost. What is it with Demi Moore? That scene in Ghost (that scene) may be extremely sensual and romantic when watched in the right company, but watch it sitting next to your little old mother and you'll notice it's, well, sensual and romantic.
4. Boys on the Side. A brief foray into the feminist films starring Mary Louise Parker had me sitting at my mother's side while the aforementioned actress enthusiastically yelled the c-word. More than awkward.
5. Team America. Puppets – yes. Puppets simulating sex acts on each other – no.
6. Borat. Sacha Baron Cohen in general isn't a good parent-child movie choice, but anything that involves sex toys is a no-go zone to watch with parents. Speaking of which...
7. Exit to Eden. I thought we'd save this one for last. A cop comedy starring Paul Mercurio, Dana Delaney, Rosie O'Donnell and Dan Ackroyd. The fact that it's wholly devoted to the topic of BDSM wholly passed us by when my teenaged friends and I hired it one bored country summer afternoon. We sure as heck noticed when my friend's dad came to watch it with us.
Great article Clare. My dad was a big Hogan's Heroes fan so I decided to watch Auto Focus with him. I was very glad I was sitting in front of Dad and couldn't see his reaction to the many scenes of a sexual nature. His comment at the end - "Well, it was not like anything I've ever watched before."