Top 10 Movies You Shouldn't Watch with Your Parents

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Sure, they’ll buy the tickets and the popcorn, but is it worth it if the entire experience is going to be one awkward situation after another? Some movies were meant to be seen with your folks – chick flicks, historical epics, y’know boring movies. And some were made to be seen with your buddies. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 movies you shouldn’t watch with your parents. For this list, we’ve chosen movies you may end up considering to watch as a family – for whatever reason. And we’re warning you why you really, really shouldn’t – no matter how cool your folks are.
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Top 10 Movies You Shouldn’t Watch with Your Parents


Sure, they’ll pay – but is it worth it? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movies you shouldn’t watch with your parents.

For this list, we’ve chosen movies you may end up considering to watch as a family – for whatever reason. And we’re warning you why you really, really shouldn’t – no matter how cool your folks are.

#10 – “Black Swan” (2010)

Why you might watch this with your parents: It’s about ballet, and Natalie won the Oscar.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Terrible mother-daughter relationship, lady-fapping and girl-on-girl action.

Going into Darren Aronofsky’s nightmarish psychological thriller, you may’ve known it was about dancing and dual-personalities. You may not’ve known that sex is used as a tool for control, that the ladies hook up, and that Natalie Portman has a bizarre bond with her mom. We’re still having nightmares.

#9 – “American Pie” (2000)

Why you might watch this with your parents: It’s a comedy about growing up, plus parents love that song.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Apple pie, webcams, fatherly advice.

This movie’s got tons of jokes you don’t want your parents to know you get. Depending on your relationship with your ‘rents, it’s not that bad – but, you’re better off seeing it solo so you’re able to LOL freely. Also, do you really need your parental-units knowing what a MILF is?

#8 – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011)

Why you might watch this with your parents: You and your parents are in a book club together.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Two words: revenge rape.

If you have read this book, you know it’s dark. That’s fine – it’s never as bad on film. Except in this case, it is. Not only is there incest and torture, there are also multiple rapes. Not implied rape either: graphic rape, with all the squishy sounds associated with it. Not parent appropriate.

#7 – “Team America: World Police” (2004)

Why you might watch this with your parents: Puppets! How cute! Sounds family-friendly.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Not-so-vague racism, songs about AIDS, puppet porn.

Puppets can get away with way more, so consider that when choosing this flick from the makers of “South Park.” Actually, there’s your first clue: Matt Stone and Trey Parker aren’t known for being PC, and this is a prime example. Plus, if your parents happen to like Matt Damon or Alec Baldwin, they’ll likely just leave.

#6 – “Requiem for a Dream” (2000)

Why you might watch this with your parents: The poster’s an eyeball and a lady on a pier – seems tame.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Fridge monsters, intravenous drug use, prostitution, etc.

Before “Black Swan,” Aronofsky made us squirm with this addiction drama. Not the most upbeat movie choice, but maybe it’s got a great moral and intelligent dialogue? you say. Well, it does, but there’s also the drugs, Jared Leto’s disgusting arm, and the ass-to-ass scene. Trust us: just don’t.

#5 – “Basic Instinct” (1992)

Why you might watch this with your parents: You’re somehow not aware of the interrogation scene.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: The interrogation scene. Among other reasons.

This was an Oscar-nominated, mainstream hit. But it’s an erotic thriller for a reason: it’s borderline porn with A-listers. Yes, there’s an interesting murder mystery in between all that, but with the overly-forceful foreplay and the leaving-absolutely-nothing-to-the-imagination sex scenes, we’d recommend quietly excusing yourself from viewings of this one.

#4 – “American Psycho” (2000)

Why you might watch this with your parents: It’s a snapshot of the ‘80s! Reese Witherspoon’s in it! And Batman!
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Literal axe murder, possible cannibalism, chainsaw chases.

In between acting like a total douchebag and being way too into himself, Christian Bale kills a buncha people in weird ways. Language, hookers, threesomes – this one’s got it all. Also, if you want to keep your parents’ vision of Huey Lewis songs intact, stay away.

#3 – “Boogie Nights” (1997)

Why you might watch this with your parents: Y’know what? We got nothin’. You think it’s about disco? Moms like Burt Reynolds?
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: It’s about the porn industry! But more specifically: the schlong scene.

Movies like “Boogie Nights” or “Showgirls” are in no way appropriate family fare – plain and simple. Yes, Mark Wahlberg turns in good a performance – pun intended – but the drugging, sexing, prostituting and penis pep talks will make it so awkward you won’t even notice.

#2 – “Clerks 2” (2006)

Why you might watch this with your parents: Nerds are funny.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: There are many reasons, but mostly: donkey show.

Kevin Smith fills his films with language, convos and characters we don’t want our parents witnessing. Take, for example, the overuse of the phrase “ass-to-mouth.” Or the discussion about trolls as protectors of virginity. Seriously though, you never want to have to explain what a donkey show is to your folks. Let alone watch one with them.

#1 – “Borat” (2006)

Why you might watch this with your parents: Your folks are racist and your dad likes Pam Anderson.
Why you absolutely shouldn’t: Naked wrestling. Didn’t we just tell you about ass-to-mouth?

Yes, “Bruno,” has just as many – if not more – cringe-inducing scenes. But “Borat” came first, and therefore surprised us more. Just cause it’s a caustic political parody doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to see that much racism. Or homophobia. Or a guy loving himself outside a Victoria’s Secret. Ah, satire.

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