Children’s movies can be wonderfully entertaining for the adults who accompany their kids to the cinema, or they can be a total snore-fest. Sometimes, what works for the little ones doesn’t work so well for the adults in the audience.
These movies, however, all tried to ensure that if the adults stayed on their mental toes (as it were), they would be rewarded with a few laughs especially designed for them.
In each of these 12 children’s films, there’s at least one very adult moment that made it past the censor and to the silver screen.
12. Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams was really allowed a lot of rope in his classic performance as the nanny with a little extra in Mrs. Doubtfire. When “she” is talking to Pierce Brosnan’s character, she spouts on about “Rumple Foreskin” and “a bit of the old cunning linguistics.” Which is jolly naughty indeed.
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The line “She’s so hot I can feel my shell tightening.” could have been so innocent if it had just been delivered in the right way. Instead, it’s a purely sleazy come-on from a turtle, Michelangelo, to April (played by Megan Fox). The whole thing made us feel unclean.
10. Toy Story
This is more of a visual joke than a straight up wisecrack. Take a look at the bizarre combination of dolls sexy legs with a fishing rod. Worked it out yet? Yes, that’s right. She’s a hooker! Geddit? We do, and we’re glad that the kids watching it didn’t.
9. Space Jam
This joke is a thinly veiled reference to Michael Jordan’s off-court performances in the bedroom, when he’s asked by doctors about his “performance issues.” Really, couldn’t they have asked him about “playing with his balls” or “dunking it in the ring,” instead? Oops. Sorry, we didn’t mean to go there.
8. The Rescuers
This one probably wasn’t deliberate, but more of a prank played by someone in the studio. There’s a nude poster on the wall in this car chase in The Rescuers and that meant the recall of over 3 million videos sold, so that it could be edited out.