12 Movies Parents Say They’ll Never Watch With Their Kids No Matter Their Age

As a parent I love watching movies with my kids but there are some movies that I’d never want to watch alongside them, no matter how old they are. And I’m not alone: here’s what movies parents say they’ll never watch with their kids no matter their age.

We’re going beyond age-appropriateness here: these movies are strange, awkward, and all-around embarrassing to watch with your children at any age. If you don’t have kids no need to feel left out; these are terrible options to watch with your parents too.

It should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway: we’re talking about adult kids here and none of these movies are appropriate for children.


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Show East.

Cool action movie? Sorta. It’s a story about a man who gets kidnapped and, after being released 15 years later, is out for revenge. What makes this one horrible to watch with your adult children is the subject matter: Oldboy is filled with graphic scenes and includes an incestuous twist.

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream.
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Artisan Entertainment.

Requiem for a Dream is a hard movie to watch and probably not something you want to expose your kids to anyway, but it’s even more awkward because this movie has a lot of very graphic sex scenes.


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I actually don’t recommend anyone watch Trainspotting, but that’s mostly because I found that one tragic part very upsetting. Otherwise, though, Trainspotting also has a lot of content that you don’t want to see around your kids; namely because of the sex and drug-related scenes.

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos.
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Are we too prudish? Nope – who wants to watch intimate scenes with your kids, even as adults. Not me, that’s for sure! Which means Pink Flamingos is yet another “pass” not just because of the sex, but because they’re almost all the sex scenes are graphic, violent, and/or incestuous.

Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights.
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Boogie Nights is about a teenage boy who gets discovered by a porn director, so you can imagine why it’s a definite “never watch with your kids at any age” movie. In case you didn’t put two and two together there’s so much sex and nudity in this film.


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Slough Pond.

Kind of 50 Shades of Gray like (another movie you shouldn’t watch with your kids), Secretary is about a young women who, working as a secretary, develops a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. And yes, a lot of the acts of this relationship are shown in the movie.

Scary Movie

Scary Movie.
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On the surface Scary Movie doesn’t seem that bad from an age-appropriate point of view (I watched it as a young teen with friends, after all) but I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it would be to watch THAT scene with your kids. Or parents, for that matter. Hard pass.

Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct.
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Carolco Pictures.

The genre for Basic Instinct is “neo-noir erotic thriller” which should tell you a lot about why this movie isn’t the best choice to watch with your kids at any age.

If you were a teen in the early 90s you might even remember watching this one with your parents when it came out. Think back to how awkward that was and don’t subject your own kids to the same fate!

Human Centipede

Human Centipede.
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Six Entertainment.

If you’re into this sort of movie it can be a silly, albeit horrifying, body horror film. If you don’t already know what this movie is about I’ll spare you; just know it’s not something you’d ever want to watch with your kids.


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120 Films.

Roger Ebert called Irréversible “a movie so violent and cruel that most people will find it unwatchable” because of its graphic portrayal of sexual violence. Enough said.

A Clockwork Orange

Clockwork Orange
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Warner Bros.

This is one of those movies that we don’t expect to have the type of graphic scenes it has so it’s worth pointing out. A great movie, yes – but one your adult kids can enjoy with their friends, not their parents.

Zack and Miri Make a {movie}

Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
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Last but definitely not least, on title alone Zack and Miri Make a {movie} is bound to strike you as something you probably don’t want to watch with your kids. Although it’s actually a comedy there’s plenty of awkward sexual moments (plus sex and nudity) that will have you cringing out way too much to enjoy alongside anyone you’re related to.

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