You might have some vacation time set aside in the near future, and your plans might include visiting the folks. While they probably won’t ask “Have you seen any good films lately?” when you enter the house, seeing a good flick with your parents is always a good bonding experience. There are some films that will turn said experience into a pure nightmare.
These 12 films shouldn’t come to mind when your mom and dad ask you to make the selection for movie night, and if they propose one naively, figure out how to get it away from them.
The first film on this list left a cast and crew with a ton of unpaid work and harassment from its director.
12. Blue Is The Warmest Color
11. The Human Centipede
When director Tom Six pitched The Human Centipede to potential backers, he forgot to mention the part about the whole mouth to anus aspect of the flick. The film grossed out movie lovers across the United States, but it did walk away with awards at the Fantastic Fest and Screamfest Horror Film Festival.
10. A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange is a film that your parents might be familiar with, so they might be the ones feeling a bit more awkward this time around. This iconic film is one of the most violent to have ever hit theaters, and for 27 years, it was banned from the U.K. after a trio of crimes were linked to the film.
The next film on the list made a star out of Christian Bale.
9. American Psycho
While Leonardo DiCaprio was set to portray Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, that role went to Christian Bale, who became an overnight sensation with his performance. The movie was so violent that Whitney Houston and Huey Lewis and the News removed their songs (“The Greatest Love Of All” and “Hip To Be Square” respectively) from the film’s soundtrack.
Nymphomaniac is a five and a half hour film full of sexually explicit content and graphic violence, and a lot of the film’s buzz came from actor Shia LeBeouf, who wore a paper bag with “I am not famous anymore” written on it at the film’s red carpet premiere in 2014. During the Directors Cut screening later that year, three men were escorted out of the theater after fainting during an abortion scene.
7. Boogie Nights
Based off the 1988 mockumentary film The Dirk Diggler Story, Boogie Nights was originally slated to have an NC-17 rating, but the film’s producers decided against it. This film marked the only time actor Burt Reynolds and writer/producer Paul Thomas Anderson would work together. Despite winning a Golden Globe and obtaining an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Jack Horner, Reynolds stated that he would never work with the acclaimed director again due to his behavior on set.
The next film on this list earned its star an Oscar for Best Actress.
6. Black Swan
While the concept of a ballet film might be enough for a possible family viewing party, Black Swan is not that kind of movie. With a completely dark plot with sex and violence sprinkled in its 108-minute offering, this became the fifth horror film to ever get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
5. Eyes Wide Shut
Erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut was the final film for Stanley Kubrick, who passed away days after submitting the final cut to Warner Bros. Against his wishes, the studio was forced to digitally alter an orgy scene in order to gain an R rating, which infuriated fans of Kubrick’s work.
4. American Pie
While Porky’s helped influence the teen sex comedy genre in the ’80s, American Pie brought the genre back in a huge way in the late ’90s. The first film in the massive franchise is still the best one, and it features a plethora of things that would make your mother blush, including the infamous pie scene.
The following Kevin Smith flick became a box office disaster.
3. Zack And Miri Make A Porno
The title Zack And Miri Make A Porno is enough to have your parents ask if there’s something else in your movie collection. The Kevin Smith film had a rough time getting its name out there; because of the word “porno” in the title, a vast majority of major publications refused to run ads to promote it.
At the time of its release in 1995, Kids was one of the most controversial films ever made. The movie, which was written by a then 19-year-old skateboarder Harmony Korine, displayed a gritty realism of youth living in New York City with all of the drugs and sex they could handle.
1. Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey is the last movie on Earth you’d want to be stuck watching with your parents. The film has received criticism from both BDSM purists and organizations that boycotted the film due to its strong depiction of sexual violence. This didn’t stop the flick from gaining $571 million worldwide.
While all 12 of these classic (and not so classic) films have different stories to tell, they’re probably best not being told near the people that gave birth to you and watched you use the potty for the first time.
Have you ever been stuck in an unfortunate scenario of watching one of these flicks with the parents? Is there a film that we didn’t mention on this list that led to some awkwardness in the household for you? Let us know in the comment section below, and don’t forget to share this with your friends and family!