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2022-08-11 5:03:11 PM  
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2022-08-11 5:12:02 PM  
'Soap' the tv show had parental warnings mainly because it featured two gay male characters, from what I could tell. Nothing else about the show seemed particularly controversial.
 
2022-08-11 5:22:09 PM  
poltergeist when I was 5

not recommend
 
2022-08-11 5:22:30 PM  
Back when there was only 1 tv per house, you had to watch what the parents were watching. My parents learned it was easier to let me watch rated r movies than to have me interrupt them for 2 hours from my room.
 
2022-08-11 5:22:42 PM  
My folks would generally watch first.  So I saw Blues Brothers as a child because that R rating for language wasn't a big deal.  Nothing we hadn't heard.
 
2022-08-11 5:23:03 PM  
It typically depended on the movie. Movies with sex was usually a no. Violence wasn't really a problem.

I saw Alien when I was 8. Dad called me into his office right at the chestbursting scene. I screamed and hid behind his office chair. Then I watched the rest of it and Aliens and then Predator, which started my love with the franchises and dozens of toys/comics.

True Lies I saw, even though the strip scene was a bit much for my dad to handle me watching.
 
2022-08-11 5:26:12 PM  
My Dad took me to see Animal House and Jaws.  He was reluctant with Soap, but eventually relented.
 
2022-08-11 5:26:16 PM  
Mine did. My mom even wrote a note for my sister so she could see Saturday Night Fever in the theater.
 
2022-08-11 5:26:48 PM  
Right, like I asked permission.
 
2022-08-11 5:26:52 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Movies with sex was usually a no. Violence wasn't really a problem.


I will never understand how Americans are OK with violence but not sex while Europeans are OK with sex but not violence.
 
2022-08-11 5:26:56 PM  
My siblings (9, 11, and 13 years older than me) had a large VHS collection full of material that was age appropriate for them but not me. My sister was a huge Who fan so I saw Tommy and Lisztomania way too young. I remember being far more disturbed by Anne Margaret writhing around in baked beans than I was by Roger Daltrey's giant dick maypole.
 
2022-08-11 5:27:01 PM  
I saw movies like Animal House and History of the World Part 1 when I was little. My parents were phoning it in when it came to my upbringing. I'm the youngest of four.

I remember rewatching History of the World years later when I was like 15 and suddenly getting A LOT more jokes and think "a Jesus Christ why did mom and dad let me watch this when I was like six???"
 
2022-08-11 5:28:10 PM  
I was a little kid who insisted on watching Children of the Corn when it came on TV at some holiday family gathering.

My cousin yelled at me and told me to stop watching.

Thank you, cousin.
 
2022-08-11 5:29:26 PM  
i think i watched:

Salem's Lot
Amityville Horror
The Omen
The Exorcist
Carrie
Halloween
Poltergeist
Scanners
Nightmare on Elm Street

between the ages of 6 and 11, why yes i was afraid of the dark until i was 28.
my mother was a horror film geek.
I don't care for them myself.
 
2022-08-11 5:29:35 PM  
When I was underage, it was just network TV anyway.  Wasn't very interested in movies yet, so it was mostly whatever was on TV.
Saturday Night LIve or Monty Python or SCTV were about as racy as it got, and they were well asleep by then.

SNL T's and A's
Youtube y0f1Ywnjq0A
 
2022-08-11 5:29:49 PM  
Uh, what's wrong with All That Jazz?

/ never saw it
 
2022-08-11 5:31:14 PM  

bostonguy: scottydoesntknow: Movies with sex was usually a no. Violence wasn't really a problem.

I will never understand how Americans are OK with violence but not sex while Europeans are OK with sex but not violence.


My dad was weird as shiat about it. I'm 35 years old and never got 'the talk' from him. Even today, he's kinda weird about it.
 
2022-08-11 5:35:24 PM  

bostonguy: Uh, what's wrong with All That Jazz?

/ never saw it


after looking at IMDB to see what i is, turns out i've seen it.  it's sultry.
 
2022-08-11 5:35:56 PM  
Dad rented The Wall on betamax and let me watch it unsupervised when I was about five or 6. He thought it was just a normal music video with Floyd playing a concert or something.
He only found out what it actually was just a few years ago.
 
2022-08-11 5:36:18 PM  
Not R-rated movies, but my parents allowed me to watch the Simpsons starting in middle school (mid-90s). I still remember when they made the switch from Thursday nights to Sunday nights.
 
2022-08-11 5:36:40 PM  
Not technically.

When I was 9 my uncle let me see Aliens.

From then on, if there was a movie I wanted to watch that was R-rated and my mom protested, I'd ask, "Is it worse than Aliens?"
 
2022-08-11 5:36:40 PM  
Not just my parents (though them too).

My grandparents had HBO when I was small.  They were still laughing when I was an adult about how, at 7 or 8 years old, the HBO content warnings would pop up before the movie, I'd see an "N" and say "ahhhh, nudity".

Then we'd all watch a movie together.
 
2022-08-11 5:37:25 PM  
Watched the original House, the horror movie not the doctor, at a friend's 11th birthday
I was not prepared for that
 
2022-08-11 5:39:48 PM  
I'm going through the 70s & 80s stuff I watched when I was a kid with my 11yo, he doesn't appreciate boobies yet, poor thing.
 
2022-08-11 5:41:12 PM  
My parents did not want us to watch Soap.  I finally got them to watch an episode and they really liked it.  Of course, I was about 17 at the time, so shouldn't have been a big deal... until we were watching and the "What's horny?" scene was playing.

They were stuck between indignation and outright laughter.
 
2022-08-11 5:45:39 PM  

Bob Falfa: Mine did. My mom even wrote a note for my sister so she could see Saturday Night Fever in the theater.


Our local theaters mostly didn't give a damn; when I was 10, my 12 year old sister and I saw To Live and Die in LA, for instance.

Then when Platoon came out, a year later, they decided that they were only going to let in kids if their parents were with them, due to graphic content.  I had recently developed a serious interest in Vietnam, so my mom took me.  But anything prior to that, they just waved the kids through.
 
2022-08-11 5:52:07 PM  

Shostie: I remember rewatching History of the World years later when I was like 15 and suddenly getting A LOT more jokes and think "a Jesus Christ why did mom and dad let me watch this when I was like six???"


I think it would be OK. Nothing in it is explicit, so the inappropriate stuff will go over a 6-year-old's head.
 
2022-08-11 5:52:34 PM  
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2022-08-11 5:55:04 PM  
I saw Robocop when I was about 10. The scene were they dismember Murphy via gun bothered me so much I've never watched it again. I'm 43.
 
2022-08-11 5:57:30 PM  
There were a few kids I knew whose parents didn't let them watch the Simpsons or drink soda and made them wear neck ties to church.  Those kids always ended up a little weird.
 
2022-08-11 5:58:51 PM  
My brother and I watched Soap and Monty Python together - he was 20 - I was 8 (happy accident). Those two shows were the foundation of my sense of humor for better AND worse.
 
2022-08-11 5:59:58 PM  

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This.
 
2022-08-11 6:00:30 PM  
I think the Hays code was still in effect when I was growing up.
 
2022-08-11 6:01:36 PM  
My kid could quote the Matrix when he was seven ish..  He's 26 now. He turned out OK ish.
 
2022-08-11 6:05:10 PM  
My father took me to see Little Big Man in the theater in 1969. I was five.

I had a great time but that is not an appropriate movie for a child. Neither were Patton, Kelly's Heroes, or 2001: A Space Odyssey.
 
2022-08-11 6:08:34 PM  

Lambskincoat: 'Soap' the tv show had parental warnings mainly because it featured two gay male characters, from what I could tell. Nothing else about the show seemed particularly controversial.


They used the f-word to describe Billy Crystal's character, and I believe several times there were racist comments made towards Benson, not sure they used the n-word.

/just binge-watched it not long ago
//could not be made today
///not even on a streaming service
////was a good show as was Benson
 
2022-08-11 6:10:42 PM  
I am thinking the other way around on this subject.  I remember watching Slapshot on Showtime with my senior citizen, prude and religious great Aunt...  everyone was very uncomfortable.

/Melinda Dillon nipple will cut your eye out.
 
2022-08-11 6:11:22 PM  
Blazing Saddles, my mom claimed it was my Yiddish education
 
2022-08-11 6:15:36 PM  
I saw The Gate when I was 4, and I only know how old I was because I remember why anyone was watching it (a spooky movie for an eight year old's birthday party and she is four years older than I am) and it shook me bad enough that even though I love scary movies now I haven't been able to go back and try to demystify this one.

But yeah, there wasn't a lot of "don't let the kids watch this," or, if there was, I can only imagine what we were kept from seeing.
 
2022-08-11 6:20:45 PM  
I watched this at home by myself when I was nine.
To this day I still stay out of the desert.
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Saw a bunch of scary stuff on TV when I was 9-10.
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Scary if you're a kid of course.
 
2022-08-11 6:23:09 PM  
Yes. I grew up on Steven Segall and PG-13/R rated movies. I remember in second grade I had a friend over and offered that we watch K-9, a PG-13 cop/dog buddy comedy. My friend said he wasn't allowed. I was confused.

I remember the opening scene of under siege/random Segall movie where there's a woman topless sunbathing and someone was watching her on a spy satellite. I was instructed to cover my eyes. I didn't cover my eyes...

I turned out mostly okay. But I was cussing like a sailor by 5th grade and still cuss like a sailor.
 
2022-08-11 6:28:01 PM  
Watched "Police Academy" with my grandparents - then in their late 70s - when I was 13 or 14.  During the scene with the BJ from the girl hidden in the podium, my grandmother said - loudly - "Hey, Dad, what do you think she's doing to him down there?"

I glanced over in time to see her wink, and they both grinned stupidly at each other.

There was nowhere far enough away for me to hide in that moment.

/shudder
 
2022-08-11 6:38:46 PM  
CSB: Since Animal House has been mentioned, I have to mention my origin story.

My parents had heard good things and decided to go see to it a little over a week after opening.  About half way through the movie mom was laughing so hard her water broke and a few hours later I was taking my first breath.
I was one month premature because of Animal House.
 
2022-08-11 6:42:38 PM  
I grew up in a house where violence and sexual abuse was a common thing, but I was not allowed to watch movies with parental advisories or R ratings.
 
2022-08-11 6:48:36 PM  

Lish: Shostie: I remember rewatching History of the World years later when I was like 15 and suddenly getting A LOT more jokes and think "a Jesus Christ why did mom and dad let me watch this when I was like six???"

I think it would be OK. Nothing in it is explicit, so the inappropriate stuff will go over a 6-year-old's head.


I watched Naked Gun with my 11 year old recently, assuming the beaver joke would just be meaningless to him, which it was.  I had completely forgotten about Drebbin using cocks and boobs to navigate the outside of a building, then waving a stone dildo at a scantily clad woman.  I thought Naido Jr was going to throw up he laughed so hard.
 
2022-08-11 6:52:13 PM  
I am old, and we didn't have any R-rated content on TV (even on cable) when I was a little kid, that I was aware of.  The first R-rated movie I was allowed to see in the theater (I went with my dad) was "Blazing Saddles," which came out when I was about 14 or so.  Yes, Blazing Saddles was rated "R" at the time for some reason even though there was no nudity, no non-comedic violence, and not even any F-bombs.  My parents previewed it first to make sure it would be OK for their impressionable young son to see, and of course it was.

My and my dad's guts both literally ached the next day from laughing so much.
 
2022-08-11 7:07:47 PM  
In second grade, my family had seen Police Academy 3, cleaned up for TV. So when I saw that we could rent Police Academy 1 my parents said, "Sure, mostly harmless fun and hijinks."

The night I started watching it my teacher had been invited over for dinner. She arrived during the topless bonfire scene. There was a lot of amusement on her part and horrified scrambling by my mom to shut the TV off.

Didn't get to see any more Police Academy movies for a loong time.
 
2022-08-11 7:16:04 PM  
It wasn't that they let me, but nobody around to stop me and there was plenty to watch on HBO and the sexy squigglevision channels.

I could usually even find tune the old-style cable boxes to get a reasonably clear picture on the sexy squigglevision channels.
 
2022-08-11 7:23:12 PM  
Born 79.

Saw most of the major action films (Commando, Terminator) and TV series (V) when growing up. Also films that had fairly innocent scenes with bewbs, like Airplane!

I think a lot of stuff that isn't considered age-appropriate will just go over the heads of kids. Like, the scene in Airplane! with the woman in bed with a horse is clearly not age-appropriate for kids. But I only noticed it when I've watched the film as an adult.

What I would consider the most traumatic experiences in the media from my childhood would be the librarian ghost jump scare in Ghostbusters, the goblins stealing the babby in Labyrinth, and, funnily enough, the dead woman in the bath from the book of The Shining.

/I mean, seriously, for quite some time after reading The Shining, I got the fear if I needed a pee at night in case there was an undead rotting woman in my bath.
//Stuff like the guinea-pig eating in V and "let off some steam, Bennet" in Commando didn't really bother me at all; just explicit enough that I knew they weren't real, maybe?
///Dunno.
 
2022-08-11 7:27:47 PM  

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...gosh damn it, anybody got a towel? Or at least a gym sock?
 
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