As children, we often marvel at the magic of cinema, the bright colors, the captivating stories, and the heroes fighting for the common good. However, it is only as we grow older and watch certain films that we can pick up on all the nuances that eluded us at an early age. In fact, it’s not uncommon to realize that the very same scenes that were considered harmless and funny in childhood now make us roll our eyes because of their rudeness, violence or references to sexuality. In today’s gallery, we take a look at some episodes that we did not understand at all as children, but which now make us see the films containing them in a completely different light. Dialogues that are too complex, “adult” situations that are too subtle, cultural references unknown to the little ones: although the reasons may be different, these scenes provide a window into the complexity and depth of the cinema, which often manages to address multiple goals, offering different levels of reading depending on the type the audience to which he is addressing. If you were to browse some of the titles in our gallery today, you too would find yourself assimilating them through a filter, no matter how irreverent or cheeky they may be. Just think of the hundreds of thousands of kids who didn’t ask themselves any questions while watching Maskduring the scene in which the irreverent protagonist brandishes a used condom… accompany us today on this journey down memory lane with our gallery: ten famous movie scenes you probably didn’t understand as a child.
Mom, I missed my plane – I got lost in New York
What the kids see: Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) fends off muggers Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern). Reality: Compared to the first film, what happens to the unfortunate thieves is quite cruel: Marv is even thrown bricks in the forehead from a six-story building and gets electrocuted, Harry’s head lights up again. In short, pure violence that children perceive as a farce, but which is actually attempted murder!
What kids see: Gamora (Zoe Saldana) complains about Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) messy ship, who, commenting on his bedroom, exclaims, “Dirty? I wouldn’t know. If we had a black light, it would be like a Jackson Pollock painting.” Reality: Quill is referring, of course, to the biological remnants of his unbridled sexual activity.
What the kids see: Little Dennis says to Mrs Wilson, “The only time my dad is unhappy is on Sunday mornings when he and Mom fight. They like to be alone when they do this. I think it’s because they take off their shirts and then they start making funny noises.” In short, parents “play wrestling” on Sundays. Reality: Dennis clearly picked up on the parents’ unfortunate explanation of their intimate moments.
What the kids see: Creepy toys Sid has created include Legs, a fishing rod with girl doll legs. Children are amazed by the funny combination, and nothing more. Reality: Legs, with their sexy legs and what looks like a fishhook, are meant to portray the character of a prostitute. Only adults can notice
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
What the kids see: Eddie (Bob Hoskins) catches Marvin Acme and Jessica Rabbit playing butterfly. A harmless childish game of clapping, right? Reality: Instead, every adult understands that the “butterfly” actually represents sex in the cartoon world, as Jessica Rabbit’s moans make clear.
What the kids see: The sequence that traces the marriage between Carl and his wife Ellie is a love story that spans their extravagant adventures until her death. Reality: This episode is one of the most moving Pixar has ever produced, with very adult themes such as Ellie’s inability to have children and her subsequent depression.
What the kids see: When Dumbo has hiccups, Timothy goes to get him a drink: the two start to fall asleep and “dream” about pink elephants in the parade. Apparently, there is something strange here, because Timothy is perplexed: “What kind of water is this?”. But no explicit explanation is given: probably, the children think, two are just a little tired. Reality: It’s not the water, it’s the champagne: Dumbo and Timothy are drunk, and the idea evokes one of the most lyrical scenes in Disney cartoon history.
What the kids see: At prom, Johnny (William Zabka) rolls a cigarette in the bathroom. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) sneaks up on him and sees him lick the paper and roll the end. In the eyes of children, this is something else that should not be done: smoking is harmful! Reality: Toddlers don’t realize that Johnny smokes marijuana.
What the kids see: The Mask (Jim Carrey) is approached by a gang of thugs, but he “disarms” them by transforming into an animal artist who creates figures out of balloons. After handing the giraffe to one of the punks, he pulls a drenched, wet balloon out of his pocket before announcing “Sorry, wrong pocket”! Reality: Of course, this is not a balloon, but a used condom.
What Kids Watch: Forrest Gump has been rated PG-13 for kids ages 13 and up. And yet there are a few passages that perhaps can only be fully understood in adulthood. For example: when Forrest’s principal comes out of his house and says, “I’m sure his mother is taking care of your school, boy,” Forrest responds with a grunt. Is she just teasing him? Reality: It’s clear to an adult eye that Forrest is imitating sounds coming from his mother’s room shortly before: the woman agreed to a relationship with the principal so that he would continue to accept her son into the school, despite his difficulties. .
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