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* While it doesn't usually fall under this trope, ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' ''fell'' under this trope. By Regis Philbin, who was babysitting Kelly Ripa's children on air. Wholesome family entertainment!
* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' and ''Addams Family Values'' pretty much exist to push the boundaries of this - The family are all about the occult, the grotesque and the horrific, but it's implied to be fine so long as nothing graphic happens on camera. Plus the plots are quite complicated, tending to revolve around financial fraud. IMDB still considers it a family movie.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' is rated PG despite containing multiple suicides, a character sniffing glue, and full frontal nudity.
** It was released in 1980, predating the PG-13 rating. In fact, newer releases of the film have bumped the film up to PG-13. Also qualifies as a case of ValuesDissonance.
* A LampshadeHanging on this trope is hung in the opening of ''Film/{{Alice}}'', the infamous Czechoslovakian adaptation of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': "You are about to see a film. Made for children. ''Perhaps.''"
* Speaking of the 2010 version of ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', that one ''was'' made by Disney, and was a lot DarkerAndEdgier than the typical Disney film. While there was mostly only ''talk'' of death and violence, that talk didn't seem to describe typical {{Disney Death}}s (while the one actual death in the movie, Alice slaying the Jabberwock, didn't fit that Trope at all), and there was no mistaking the main character's risque look, now that she was an adult. (Unlike most adaptations of the book, her clothes did ''not'' grow and shrink when she did, forcing her and her allies - and in one case, the Red Queen - to improvise with makeshift clothing.) Not only was the Red Queen far more sadistic than most Disney villains, the punishment she was given by the White Queen at the end (who's supposed to be the benign ruler) seemed [[MoralDissonance rather cruel]]. There was even a scene between the Knave of Hearts and Alice which likely came the closest to a man forcing himself upon a woman that the rating could allow.
* The ''Film/AustinPowers'' films, despite being filled to the brim with sexual innuendo and whose second film has the word ''shag'' right in the title, seems to suffer from this greatly. Not only that, the third movie actually won an award for Favorite Movie at the 2003 Kids' Choice Awards.
** ''TIME'' reviewer Richard Corliss used ''Austin Powers'' as a starting point on an [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1002940,00.html essay about the PG-13 rating]]. He even states at a certain point: "parents strongly cautioned means kids desperately wanted".
* ''[[Film/{{Avatar}} James Cameron's Avatar]]'' is PG-13 rated and by no means for kids, but due to [[MisaimedMarketing the McDonald's Happy Meal promotion and other toys being made]], parents still took their kids to go see it... Because [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Na']][[ManiacMonkeys vi]] are just like [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]]!
* Film/BackToSchool looks like a funny family comedy about an old man who goes back to college. It isn't rated PG-13 for nothing.
* Apparently, an R rating wasn't enough for some parents to understand that the BillyBobThornton comedy ''Film/BadSanta'' was not for kids. Hey, it's about SantaClaus, so it's for kids, right? So review quotes were added to the TV ads that prominently displayed the words, "ADULTS ONLY". In Ireland, it was responsible for the IFCO creating a new 16s rating as the 15s rating is the equivalent of PG-13.
* In some countries, ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'' was marketed as for kids. ''It was even rated G in Canada.''
* Somewhat averted with ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids''. It is a family film, but it still got the PG-13 rating due to bad language that the adults said in the film.
* Despite it having a "PG" rating in America, ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is certainly ''not'' a kid's movie, especially when you consider that it deals with death, suicide, rather [[RuleOfFunny gruesome yet hilarious depictions of how people look after they die]], and [[{{Squick}} a ghost trying to marry a 14-year-old girl]].
** In the UK, ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' has a "15+ " rating for that very reason.
** In some cuts of the movie, Beetlejuice has a PrecisionFStrike... accompanied by grabbing his groin.
--> '''Beetlejuice''': Hey, buddy! Nice fuckin' model! 'crotch-grab, accompanied by "honk-honk"'.
* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'', yet another movie marketed as another summer action-y film, apparently terrified children taken to see it.
* ''Film/ChildsPlay'' is a movie about a six-year-old and his doll, which comes to life. Nothing could be more innocent, right? WRONG!
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' may look like another ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', but it isn't for kids, unless they like blood sucking parasites [[spoiler:whose bite [[LudicrousGibs eventually causes the victim to explode]]]], subplots about unfaithfulness, wreckage evocative of 9/11, a woman impaled on a metal spike, the monster eating [[spoiler:Hud the cameraman]], and [[spoiler:all of New York being bombed, with no survivors.]]
* ''Film/CoolWorld''. Hell, Creator/RalphBakshi's resume in general. And that's after they toned it down...
* Back in the 80's, scads of parents took their 8 year olds to see ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', because hey, Creator/JimHenson films are for kids, right? In fact this and (to some extent) ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' were intended for a notably older audience. The problem may have been due in part to [[NeverTrustATrailer drastically misleading advertisements]], but that didn't protect kids from images of characters being strapped down and slowly, painfully drained of their souls.
* ''Film/DropDeadFred'' seems to be harmless, a movie about a woman reunited with her imaginary friend from childhood. Many people remember watching this as kids. However, there's a lot of blatant adult (PG-13) humor, including sex jokes, and a cruel character is nicknamed "Mega-bitch."
* Creator/DavidLynch's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' film had a tie-in ''coloring book''. That's right, the film with the vagina-mouthed monsters and the scene where the pustule-faced man uncorks his sex-slave's heart valve so he bleeds to death as he fondles him. Other merchandise included [[http://www.mindspring.com/~dunestuff/merch.html#Kids a pop-up book, bubble-gum trading cards, ViewMaster reels, and hey kids, comics]]! (This was one of the first films to receive a PG-13, as it was released at the tail end of 1984 -- otherwise, it ''might'' have gone out with a PG, as the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films had up to that point.)
* Creator/AdamSandler's ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights''. Yes, it's an animated wacky holiday musical rife with ToiletHumour, but it is most definitely not for children.
* Tarsem Singh's ''Film/TheFall'' is often compared with ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. It's true that both are celebrations of storytelling and fantasy epics... but only one of them has a suicidally-depressed storyteller manipulating a child far too young to understand, or the story-within-a-story ending with the gruesome deaths of the adventurers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' is an animated film about cute little cats solving a mystery, right? Yes, and along the way we see graphic disembowelment (in one case involving a pregnant female), a cat with her head torn clean off, sex scenes, alcoholism, cursing, truly horrific animal abuse (involving a cat's skin getting burned off with acid), a suicide cult, a highly disturbing nightmare sequence involving rotting, screaming cat corpses being used as puppets, and at one point, full-frontal human nudity (female AND male). That's an impressive list for a film about animated CATS. Dear. God.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' seems to have stuck in many people's minds as the wholesome, patriotic tale of an "idiot" with a heart of gold, which has led to its being shown on family-movie channels at around eight p.m. This overlooks, oh let's see:
** The early scene where young Forrest overhears his mother sleeping with the principal of his school to guarantee him admission (although, to be fair, that scene tends to leave most kids confused than frightened).
** Jenny's [[AbusiveParents alcoholic father, who is implied to be sexually abusive]].
** Jenny's ''entire life'': drugs, groping by an audience member during a nude stage performance, drugs, stint as a Playboy centerfold, drugs, physically abusive boyfriend, drugs, contemplation of suicide, drugs, and eventual untimely death (possibly from AIDS).
*** [[OverlyLongGag And drugs.]]
** The gore of the Vietnam scenes.
** Lieutenant Dan's raving depression. Even when Dan gets better, there's a scene that can result in the creeps. When the lieutenant finally lets go of his anger on the shrimping boat and thanks Forrest for saving his life, he dives backward over the side of the boat and goes for a swim toward the horizon. As Forrest's accompanying narration makes it clear that the lieutenant is at peace now, and the way the shot is framed, make it look as if Dan is about to drown himself (the relieved grin on his face reminds more of the StepfordSmiler than anything else).
** The use of various racist and ableist slurs.
** The many references to high-profile assassinations.
** The fact that it looks at American history in a distinctly cynical and satirical, if ultimately optimistic, light - not that there's anything wrong with that, but ''Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'' it ain't.
** All in all, even [[{{Bowdlerise}} censored for TV]], not easily accessible or indeed appropriate for little kids.
* Don't be fooled by the fact ''Film/FunSize'' is made by Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, is marketed by Airheads candy and stars Music/VictoriaJustice; it's not rated PG-13 for nothing. It's doused with a '''lot''' of inappropriate humor (i.e.: a giant automated chicken that humps the main character's car) and some profanity.
* At first, ''Film/TheFisherKing'' looks like the type of Creator/RobinWilliams comedy that might be targeted at families. But it has outbursts of profanity, some FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, and subplots involving suicide and a mad gunman.
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* Most people think of the original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' film as a family movie, and why shouldn't they? There was numerous merchandise targeted towards children, it spawned off [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters the popular cartoon]], it's been shown on the Disney Channel several times, and even been released on home video as part of Creator/{{Columbia|Pictures}}/Creator/{{TriStar|Pictures}}'s family collection. But the truth is, the film was mainly targeted for adults. There's blatant sexual references and language throughout the entire film, particularly one brief scene during the montage that played during the theme song that actually went so far as to feature a ghost giving Ray a blow job.
* The original 1954 version of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', ''Film/{{Gojira}}''. Unlike the later films of the 1960s-70s, this one is ''very'' dark. You get to see people vaporized before your very eyes; a women holding her children assuring them "we will be with daddy soon" (it is assumed they are killed a moment later); people suffering in hospitals with radiation sickness and burns; and a love triangle that ends in a suicide. You know... for kids!
** If you can get your hands on a subtitled version, without Raymond Burr, which is to say, the version that was released in Japan, it is very dark an depressing. If you happen to know that the fake rubber suit the actor playing Gojira wears doesn't read as "cheap" so much as "stylized," to Japanese audiences, then the monster becomes scary. It makes more sense when you realize that the fire, the burning sets, and the radiation victim make-up are very real; the producers probably could have made an FX-y, stop-motion monster if they wanted. It's a horrifying movie. Oh, yeah, most of the people who worked on it actually lived through the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
*** And the immediate inspiration for the film was the horrors suffered by the crew of a fishing boat that got hit by fallout from a US hydrogen bomb test that went rather better than it was supposed to. This is nasty work all around.
* ''Film/TheGoodSon'' starred adorable little Macaulay Culkin, known and loved by children at the time for his ''Film/HomeAlone'' series. But this particular R-rated film had him playing a serial killer who [[spoiler: fell to his death, while screaming rather like he did in ''Film/HomeAlone'']]. [[NightmareFuel/TheGoodSon Sweet dreams, kiddos!]]
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', despite appearing to be another wacky Spielberg family flick, is [[NightmareFuel/{{Gremlins}} surprisingly grim at times.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto''. Despite its animation style and cartoony slapstick, it's definitely adults-only.
* Immigrants is a film made by [[Creator/KlaskyCsupo a company who made a lot of]] {{Nicktoons}}, so it's great for our kids to watch. It's not.
* ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' is based on a fairy tale, so it must be okay for young children, right? Dead wrong. Discretion shots aside, there are some pretty brutal (and often highly original) on-screen deaths.
* ''[[Franchise/IndianaJones The Indiana Jones series]]'' (yet another Spielberg effort!) is a victim to this. Nothing screams Family Friendly like melting Nazis, [[HelicopterBlender mooks chopped up by aircraft propellers]], and man-eating ants, right? In particular, controversy over the particularly high level of gore and horror in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' strongly contributed to the creation of both the PG-13 rating in the USA and the "12" rating in the UK.
* Everybody likes Film/JamesBond, right? All the kids think he's cool, right? Well then, one is advised to warn them of these bits:
** [[Film/DrNo Bond shooting a defenseless man twice for good measure;]]
** [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Bond finding a dead, naked girl that he slept with earlier;]]
** [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Bond slowly choking a man to death with a ski;]]
** [[Film/DiamondsAreForever Two baddies slowly drowning in mud;]]
** [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe A goon stuck to a giant electromagnet because of his metal teeth, then dropped into a shark tank;]]
** [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly An innocent woman brutally run over by a goon who wasn't even aiming for her. Bond also kicks a man inside a car off a cliff, in cold blood;]]
** [[Film/TheLivingDaylights A MI6 official killed by a sheet of glass that stabs right through him;]]
** [[Film/LicenceToKill Felix Leiter mauled horrifically by a Great White shark. Also, a henchman's head explodes, and another henchman is ground up in a rock crusher;]]
** [[Film/GoldenEye A woman being pressed against a tree and then asphyxiated;]]
** [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough A man slowly dying from a bullet lodged in his brain;]]
** [[Film/DieAnotherDay Bond getting tortured by North Korea in a very disturbing, half-hallucinatory sequence that shows a lot of CGI naked women;]]
** [[Film/CasinoRoyale Bond tied naked to a chair and getting his junk destroyed by the bad guy;]]
** [[Film/QuantumOfSolace Bond finding a dead, naked girl that he slept with earlier, again;]]
** [[Film/{{Skyfall}} A terrorist balancing a shot glass of whiskey on his mistress's head then shooting her to knock it off. Later, he pulls his prosthetic jaw from his mouth to show the damage inflicted by the failure of a Suicide Pill.]]
* At least one Family Home Entertainment release, ''[[http://slasherindex.com/artworkpages/journey_into_the_beyond.html Journey into the Beyond]]'', has explicit blood and violence. Worth mentioning because the distributor is clearly ''Family Home Entertainment'', and not its adult-oriented sister companies U.S.A. Home Video (later International Video Entertainment), Monterey Home Video, Thriller Video, Magnum Entertainment, Tenth Avenue Video, Wizard Video, or [[ExplicitContent Caballero Control Corporation Home Video]]. And just so parents get the message, it clearly states on the front that it's not for anyone under the age of 18.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' and its sequels. "[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs This dinosaur movie]] is so cool, look there's a ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' and... HE'S EATING PEOPLE! MOMMY! I'M SCAAAARREEED!" Nonetheless, it was still pretty heavily marketed towards kids, with plenty of toys, coloring books, video games, etc. for kids. It was a funny sort of {{defictionalization}} of the Jurassic Park merchandise from the park.
* The movie poster for ''Film/{{Kids}}'' had teens in bright four-color filters laughing, smiling, and otherwise posing in a way that suggested nothing more dangerous than any other movie for late preteens from TheNineties. NeverTrustATrailer, indeed. This was probably intentional - the movie really was for late preteens, because SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and its anvil falls distinctly into that group. And the MPAA was all set to give ''Kids'' an NC-17 rating, but Miramax (already part of Disney) decided to release the film unrated instead.
* ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'': [[CoversAlwaysLie Don't be fooled by the DVD cover with a wee green man sipping tea.]]
* ''Film/LoveActually'' seems like a nice little family Christmas movie that could be fun to take the kids to. But then there's the subplot with two stand-ins for a porn movie (complete with nudity) and an implied '''five-some''' with four American girls and one British guy. And the F-words. Again, rated 15 in the UK for a reason.
** It also has several restrained but emotionally intense scenes about a superficially happily-married father of elementary-school aged children [[spoiler: whose wife finds he's having an affair with another woman]]. Just the thing for Christmas with the kids!
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* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' has merchandise aimed at children, but contains violence, frightening imagery, and a use of the word "imbusel" by one of the fairies. Also, most of the trailers before the movie are for movies not meant for kids.
* While ''Film/{{Malena}}'' is off-limits to children in other countries (for instance it has an R rating in America and it's a 15 film in Britain), in its home country of Italy it has a "T" rating - see [[http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/images/B000CCHF36/ref=dp_otherviews_z_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&img=1 here]] - which means it's a family movie ("T" is the equivalent of a G rating in Italy). That's right, a film with Creator/MonicaBellucci providing copious amounts of FanService, the underage main character fantasising about her even while he's having sex with a prostitute (in one of several scenes [[NoExportForYou cut for its American and British release]]) and [[spoiler: Malena getting savagely beaten by the women of her town]] is a ''family movie''.
* Would ''MarleyAndMe'' count for this? The [[NeverTrustATrailer trailers and ads were trying to present it as a family comedy about a dog and his mischievous antics]]. But really the movie was actually focused more on the (not-so-comedic) lives of the people and in the end [[spoiler: the dog [[DeathByNewberyMedal grows old and is put down]]]].
** Don't forget, the movie also had some sexual content in it. But for some reason, it still got a PG rating.
** It is worth noting that there are [[http://www.amazon.com/Marley-Me-Meet-Read-Book/dp/0061704393/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1291522218&sr=1-3 easy reader books for kids.]]
** The original book ran into the same problem. Author John Grogan eventually had to release a more kid-friendly version, eliminating the sexual content and moments of marital strife, even though [[spoiler: Marley's death remained part of the story.]]
** Some people will not listen. A grandmother was informed upwards of 4 times it Marley not a kid's movie. She took a ten, an eight, and a thirteen year-old to see it. She came out very dissatisfied.
** Of course it doesn't help that they later released a straight to video prequel called "Marley & Me: The Puppy Years" where Marley is an adorable talking puppy with adorable talking puppy friends. Any kid who sees that and decides they want to see the original is in for a hard lesson about how Hollywood works.
* The Australian-made film, ''MaryAndMax''. Apparently if it's clay-mation it's for kids, despite the fact that the film deals with several dark themes including neglect, suicide, depression and anxiety. Though overtones of humour are frequent, not exactly kid appropriate.
** The animation style is very cartoony and cute, and one of the protagonists is a child, which doesn't help.
** There's also a bit of full-frontal nudity [[spoiler: of the overweight/obese Max]] in an ImagineSpot.
* ''Film/MeanCreek'', despite the young cast, it's clearly not intended for a young audience in mind as is obvious by the R-rating, frequent profanity and in general un-family friendly behavior. Despite all this, reports are that it managed to get shown in quite a few high school and even religion classes.
* ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene''. Creator/JimCarrey being goofy means it's for kids, after all, [[NeverTrustATrailer the trailer didn't show anything inappropriate or foul language]] so it doesn't matter that the movie is [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications rated R]], right?
* ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders''. Just sticking a cute magician into a story about a man who sets fire to his cat and [[IncestIsRelative becomes his wife's son]], and a monkey possessed by {{Satan}} who murders all in his path ''does NOT'' make it a kids' film. This is more the fault of the executives making the film than that of parents or video-store owners, though: The second half of the movie is actually a re-edited version of an older horror movie from the same director called ''The Devil's Gift''. He cut out some of the more intense horror sequences, such as [[spoiler: the original ending where the monkey kills the entire family]] and spliced in new footage of Merlin in an attempt to make it a family-friendly film. Total fail.
** Played with in the corresponding episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where Mike and the bots read other books supposedly related to the film. All of them have titles like "Santa's Workshop of Shimmering Delights", but are horrific {{Gorn}} fests -- except for the lighthearted "Dr. Blood's Orgy of Gore". The riffing itself makes jokes about this too: "Remember to believe in magic... ''or I'll kill you.''"
* ''Film/MouseHunt'' contains a cute little mouse, but there are some curse words, [[spoiler: a person who dies from choking on a bug, another whose corpse is thrown into the sewer]], a reference to sex, and A LOT of {{black comedy}}! What makes this worse is that Creator/TheHub, a family channel, aired this movie! And even better is the reviews on the VHS box that say it's fun "for the whole family".
* Hey, ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' is a comedy about cowboys! All little boys love westerns, right? Like ''Natural Born Killers'' above, the title's a dead giveaway. And if that doesn't convince you, it's made by the same team behind the aforementioned ''Ted''. And if you do for some reason take your kids to see this movie, be prepared for the constant sex jokes, prostitutes, bodily fluids, [[GrossUpCloseUp sheep penis close-ups]], people crapping in hats, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking people riding horses drunk]].
* The Japanese 1957 classic film, ''[[Film/KenpeiToBarabaraShibijin The Military Policeman and the Dismembered Beauty]]'', whose graphic murder scene was definitely not for children. ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series creator ShigesatoItoi, however, [[MisaimedFandom was some accidental exception]] for the scene that he saw as a little boy (as he thought he was seeing a rape scene at the time), and that scene, along with the actress in it, would later inspire the last battle scene with Giygas in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'' is about a group of three friends solving a mystery! [[TemptingFate What's the worst that could happen]]?
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' has a character named Mr. Rabbit, so it's for kids, right? WRONG! The title is a big giveaway, though.
* Believe it or not, ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' qualified when it was first released. Thanks to 3D and other movie gimmicks like those created by William Castle, B-movies were popular among children in the 50s and 60s. So, naturally, kids went to see this flick expecting fun-house thrills and instead saw the undead messily devouring human flesh (for starters). Creator/RogerEbert's first review described children watching the movie, silently crying in genuine fear. Ebert stressed that parents really shouldn't allow their kids to go see a movie called NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. Despite the dark tone of the advertisements, some of which explicitly state it's not for kids, many parents took their kids to see it. Most were in tears by the middle of the film. And to top it off, the official trailers heavily alluded to the deaths of several characters, one of whom dies ''screaming'' in terror right before having his soul sucked out. Yet parents ''still'' took their kids to see it and then complained about the dark material. Insert facepalm here.
* "Once Upon A Girl" is animated in the style of the family friendly Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons, but it is absolutely not appropriate for children in any way, it is a collection of fairy tale parodies in which each segment ends with the characters having sex, with plenty of nudity and foul language scattered throughout.
* ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'' may look like a nice family-friendly movie about a man moving to a new town who gets a monkey for a research project...until it scratches him. It just gets bad from there. Like Natural Born Killers, the title is a dead giveaway that it's not for kids, plus, it has an RRatedOpening.
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' is the story about a little Spanish girl going on an enchanting adventure to [[MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest become a changeling princess]], right? ''Wrong'', it's a story about [[ThoseWackyNazis Fascists]], [[WarIsHell savage war crimes]], [[ColonelKilgore sadistic sociopaths]], BodyHorror, extremely TearJerker-inducing [[AnyoneCanDie death]], suggested [[BreakTheCutie childhood trauma]], and fantastic terror intertwined with RealLife horror.
* Some parents have taken their younger children to see ''Film/{{Paul}}'', despite the R rating and that the posters and ads clearly state that it's from the director of ''Film/{{Superbad}}''.
** In the UK, the trailer was shown before several family films. It was given a 15 there.
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' is about Jesus and it's from Literature/TheBible, so it must be okay, right? Leaving aside that anyone who has read the Bible should recognize a difference between the real thing and "Bible Stories for Children", some parents still ignored the R rating (or [[TheyJustDidntCare intentionally]] [[AbusiveParents defied the R rating]]) and [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,600221,00.html took their tykes to theaters for this one]]. And it made Stephen King feel ashamed. {{Gorn}} to the point of {{squick}} not withstanding. Hopefully, they learned their lesson and didn't make the same mistake when ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'' came out. Note that Mel Gibson himself recommended the film for people over 13.
** The controversy is addressed in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E8HomerAndNedsHailMaryPass Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass]]". Ned Flanders, disgusted by the family-unfriendly content of many Hollywood movies (he's particularly disgusted about that series of films about [[Film/HarryPotter "a liberal European wizard school"]]), decides to make his own films based on Bible stories. Problem is, since Ned is a fundamentalist, he goes out of his way to make his films as faithful as possible to their source (and, sometimes, even ''exaggerates'' how horrific some of the stories were). This results in Marge standing up during one of his screenings and screaming in horror and frustration because she can't stand to see any more gore, and when Ned and Homer mount a SuperBowl halftime show dramatizing the Noah's Ark story but ending it at the point where the world is flooded and most of humanity is dead, it's disastrously received. For example, there's a nice StereotypeFlip as a suburban mother complains that she's trying to raise her children as secular-progressives and is consistently foiled because "those slick Hollywood types" keep injecting religious subject matter into their films.
** When ''Series/TheDailyShow'' covered the hype and controversy about the movie, this was spoofed with a shell-shocked correspondent admitting he had taken his little son to see it, not knowing how violent it was, and unable to explain to his child why Jesus was being treated so badly beyond "Because he ''loves'' everybody?" The reasoning from parents who took their kids was that it didn't matter how violent it was, precisely ''because'' it's about Jesus and they needed to understand what Jesus went through on their behalf. Many parents took their kids to see it ''multiple times''. One can only imagine what the kids thought...
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', another movie famously tied to Creator/StevenSpielberg, is hardly appropriate for kids. Still, slapping the creator of other 80's supernatural flicks such as ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' is just asking for trouble.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' inspired [[WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom an animated series]] with [[MerchandiseDriven a related toyline]]. The first movie is a kind of depressing action-drama with a ShellShockedVeteran fighting ignorant people who reject him, and the sequel (primary influence on the cartoon) goes into full "action movie where OneManArmy slaughters dozens". Plus, the cartoon inspired in Brazil a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M38pmN9_SVA song]] by a popular kids TV host (which on the video plays with [[{{Gorn}} the latest Rambo movie]] to show how that's a ''huge'' misfire of an inspiration).
* ''RevengeOfTheRedBaron'' is a comedic horror movie about an evil toy who hunts down a family. Despite its cornball humor, there's quite a few violent scenes and is rated PG-13. So, having a DVD cover [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2131661312/tt0110983 like this]] is really misleading.
* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' was a movie filled with over-the-top-violence about a grim future, dominated by corporations. [[Film/RoboCop2 The sequel]] retained the R rating (although the original script by Creator/FrankMiller was far more bloody, explicit, and adult than the real movie, and the ExecutiveMeddling made him disenchanted with Hollywood)... but then they decided to follow it with a LighterAndSofter ''Film/RoboCop3'' and ''RoboCopTheAnimatedSeries'', clearly trying to aim the franchise at children.
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* ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'': It's a film about a man who daydreams to help him get out of his everyday problems, so it must be for kids, right? Wrong! It contains some swearing, drinking, sex jokes, [[spoiler: a building catching on fire, a fight with a shark that might scare little kids, a volcano exploding, and the main character going to Afghanistan and getting arrested for it.]] The film wound up with a PG rating, and little kids still see it, despite all these bad things.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. Due to flashy visuals, pee jokes, and videogame references, IMDB users [[PublicMediumIgnorance passed it off as a "kiddie" movie]]. Need we remind you that this is a movie that has sexual references (although mild), several homosexual scenes/references, Scott accidentally saying that he wants to give Knives a golden shower, [[spoiler:Scott being impaled by the seventh ex (yes, he comes back with a 1-Up, and [[BloodlessCarnage there's no blood]], but still!)]], and one of the exes dying ''from having an orgasm.''
* A little-known comedy called ''Film/ShakesTheClown'' starring comedians Creator/BobcatGoldthwait and Julie Brown was commonly rented by moms who later returned to the video store with the video and a good mad expression on. Despite the R-rating, and Julie Brown being on the cover lying on her stomach [[MaleGaze in a way that allows you to look directly down her cleavage]], many thought this was kiddie fare. (You'd think the cleavage on the cover would clue them in).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', similarly to its series, was also assumed to be for all ages. It was even rated U in Malaysia and Japan despite the language, violence, and nudity; this, combined with the vast amounts of more teen-adult humor filling the movie, was apparently shrugged off as [[ParentalBonus subtle adult humor]].
* Jonah Hill's ''Film/TheSitter'', seems like a modern day version of ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'' right? WRONG! Although to be fair, the latter wasn't exactly kid-friendly either with foul language and sexual humors. Yet, it was still shown on Disney Channel back in the day, and it once aired on ''Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'' in 2011 after a ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' marathon.
* Someone on the Malaysian censorship board decided to grant ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' the U Rating (Universal rating, ''meaning that it is suitable for everyone, even babies''), apparently because the title of the movie sounds like [[CriticalResearchFailure it's a clean family comedy outing]]. It was eventually reclassified as a 18+ movie, but not before a horde of angry parents wrote in to the local press complaining. The Censor? He's most likely out of a job.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'': Oh look, another adaption of a fairy tale Disney made by the producer of 2010's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''! First of all, this movie was not made by Disney, and second, it's PG-13, due to some violence.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has a PG rating on the DVD cover and was shown on the Creator/DisneyChannel for a while, despite the sex references ("That was my virgin alarm! It's programmed to go off before YOU DO!"), constant bad language ("I knew it, I'm surrounded by assholes!" "We aint found shit!") and occasional [[FantasticRacism fantastically racist]] remarks ("Funny! She doesn't look Druish [Jewish]!").
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' is a modern fairy tale full of [[BreadEggsMilkSquick adventure, wonder, magic, murder]], treason, and sexual innuendos. Not to mention that plot and cultural references would be definitely over the head of an average 12-year-old.
* ''Film/TankGirl''. Had a scene implying that the title character had sex with a mutated kangaroo, one in which a little girl was dropped into a pipe to slowly drown, and some horror in which the BigBad drained the water out of one of his {{mooks}} and drank it.
** Of course, nobody who was remotely familiar with [[ComicBook/TankGirl the source material]] would have imagined that the film would be family-friendly.
* An Website/{{IMDB}} trivia entry for ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' says it all: "Despite almost getting an NC-17 Rating in the States, the film was promoted as a 'kids and family' movie in several European countries, and rated fit for all accordingly." Probably because just as in America [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation is automatically for kids]], in Europe puppets must be automatically for kids.
* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' seems like a family movie about a teddy bear and a man who have lived together for 20 years by the nice man who brought us ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', doesn't it? No! It's rated R! Just so they would know, Universal made a [[http://collider.com/ted-movie-theater-standee/ standee for the film]] that featured the eponymous bear holding up the R rating and what it's rated R for.
** To give you a hint as to why the movie deserves an "R"-rating, the eponymous teddy bear's personality basically was perverted and addicted to drugs, as well as being very lewd and a slacker, and [[ActorAllusion in a manner similar to]] ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', at least one promotional spot has Ted barfing all over a tile for the Walk of Fame. Ted's also voiced by Creator/SethMacFarlane, the aforementioned creator of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** To clarify, since it was rated R, numerous gross-out and adult gags [[NeverTrustATrailer were toned down for TV and advertising]]. For example, one overused clip has Ted showing off to a co-worker, only to weird her out when he starts humping a barcode scanner. In the actual movie? He goes from humping to fellating a chocolate bar. The gross out reaction his colleague gives? ''[[UpToEleven She is disgusted when he uses soap dispensers to simulate being ejaculated on.]]''
** But with all of those inappropriate things, it didn't stop teens from seeing this film with their parents! [[http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/movies/is-crude-ted-really-a-family-film-20120710-21sq5.html Check this out!]]
** It doesn't help that the film was rated 11 in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
** It was rated 16 in Brazil... and yet a deputy who brought his 11-year old son to watch it was outraged and decided to ask the Ministry of Justice to ban it [[MoralGuardians on the grounds that is morally offensive]]. The Internet didn't take this stupidity lightly, and he changed to only upping the rating to 18. The results: the Ministry deferred his request, [[StreisandEffect and the movie topped the box office]].
** [[http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2013/01/arnaudville_teacher_charged_wi.html And one teacher]] showed this movie as well as two other R rated films to elementary school students.
* Although most DVD artworks of the film ''Film/{{Threads}}'' make it clear it's [[{{Understatement}} dark]], don't be fooled by the fact that it has a PG rating in America. '''''[[NightmareFuel/{{Threads}} IT'S NOT FOR KIDS.]]'''''
* ''Film/VictorVictoria'' is a musical comedy. It's rated PG and it stars Julie Andrews. Great movie to show your grandkids, right? Not unless you enjoy explaining jokes about homosexuality and crossdressing. It helps that it came out two years before PG-13 was invented.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Besides [[NightmareFuel/WhoFramedRogerRabbit scariness,]] there's the sex-related jokes.
** There's a reason Creator/{{Disney}} released it under the Creator/TouchstonePictures label. (In case you weren't aware, Touchstone is Disney's brand for more mature films. Though ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' did "migrate" from Touchstone to Disney for re-releases... and even then, that movie had ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' as an excuse for that.)
** Disney also would later produce a handful of original Roger Rabbit shorts that were shown prior to movies released under their main title like ''Honey I Shrunk the Kids''.
** In the original novel, ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', [[spoiler: Roger]] is brutally machine-gunned to death near the beginning of the novel. The rest of the novel investigates his grisly death.
* In the UK, a number of parents apparently took young children to see ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'' because it starred Creator/DanielRadcliffe and it was rated 12A, so it couldn't be that bad. The resulting protests over the film's terrifying nature and DownerEnding led the [[CensorshipBureau BBFC]] to change its rules about horror to pay more attention to a film's mood and plot, as opposed to simply going by the level of graphic violence and gore.
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* In his book ''The Best Old Movies for Families'', critic Ty Burr complains that many other PG-13 rated films are regarded as family fare thanks to intentional MisaimedMarketing, which means parents happily take toddlers to films like ''Film/VanHelsing'' without a second thought...
* Parents, just because a film is a musical doesn't mean that it's kid-friendly. ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' and ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' come to mind. Musicals, yes they are. Kid friendly, far from it.
** For the South Park movie, the creators knew that young people might sneak into the movie (and many did), so in the movie, [[TakeThat they showed the boys going to see "Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire", which is rated R]].
** Granted, for ''Sweeney Todd'', some parents may remember the much less gory [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet stage version]]. Most performances keep the child molestation, rape, suicide and cannibalism puns--while they aren't graphically shown, it can still be unsettling to hear it described.
*** Depending on the direction and whether they're modeling on the original Broadway run or the rival, the stage version can be ''extremely'' gory for a stage play.
** There are many little kids who are fans of Rocky Horror, but there is a ton of sex and several scary scenes, including two scenes involving [[spoiler: four deaths]]. It's sequel, ShockTreatment, although it is rated PG, contains more cursing and suggestive language than in Rocky Horror.
*** Also Kidz Bop had an edited version of the Time Warp from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' on one of their [=CDs=]. However, some lyrics were changed. For example, "But it's the pelvic thrust...that really drives you insa-yay-yay-yay-yane!" became "But it's the way you shake it...that really drives you insa-yay-yay-yay-yane!"
*** And a British website specializing in children's toys listed figurines from the movie in the same section as toys from preschool shows such as Series/{{Rainbow}} and WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie.
** Speaking of musicals, take the 2000 adaptation of ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost''. It may be a silly 1930's-esque musical about 3 men and a king trying to not be with women, but the rule of "No Women" is soon broken, and due to this, some sexual jokes are in the movie, including one sexy musical number with people in masks. Plus, the ending has [[spoiler: very disturbing images of World War 2 like burning buildings and concentration camps.]] Despite this, it got a PG rating in America and a U rating in the UK.
** ''Film/TheProducers''. Yeah, [[HeyItsThatVoice the protagonists have also voiced]] [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon and Simba]],[[note]]Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick play Bialystock and Bloom respectively[[/note]] and it's a wacky musical that also co-stars Creator/WillFerrell; Hell, it's even rated PG-13 in most countries, and was even "suitable for all ages" in Iceland, Norway, Malaysia, and Finland. Did we mention it contains innumerable amounts of sexual innuendos, several [[LastSecondWordSwap implied]] f-bombs, plenty of bad language, [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi and WWII humor]], [[QueerAsTropes almost every gay stereotype under the sun]], ''and that the protagonists are [[VillainProtagonist major fraudsters]] trying to steal $2,000,000?''
*** The original Creator/MelBrooks film from 1968 isn't exactly wholesome either. Those who watched for Creator/GeneWilder after ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' were caught by surprise by the [[SpringtimeForHitler trope-naming song]], as well as many sex and drug-related jokes.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'', ANY adaptation, including animated versions such as {{Shoujo|Demographic}} Cosette (one of the more Bowdlerised versions). That has many cute moments, but it kills off all characters canonically (except two, and the way they "get better" sucks). Parents should notice the story includes prostitution, extreme poverty, [[KillEmAll massacres]], kids killed off, teens killed off, suicide, and other not-for-children things. The one exception is the French 1992 version, which lacks each and everyone of the above mentioned reasons it could not be for kids.
** ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' is a bunch of fun! Your kids will love the songs, and in the end Seymour and Audrey have a happy ending, right? They're sure to love the DepravedDentist, the protagonist chopping a dead man up and feeding him to a laughing plant, watching a man get chomped and swallowed whole by a plant and the female lead almost getting swallowed herself!
*** [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors The original stage version]] offers no happy ending for the leads. Terrific!
*** In France and Iceland, it was classified as suitable for all audiences, making this trope WORSE!
* Superhero movies are one of the most common targets of this, as mentioned on this trope's front page.
** The various ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' [[Film/{{Batman}} films]] from 1989 on have been prone to controversy over their appropriateness for kids. All have had PG-13 ratings, but they were not all created equal in terms of violence and intensity. Creator/JoelSchumacher's films were intentionally LighterAndSofter than Creator/TimBurton's in part because of complaints. Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' reboot is adult.
*** In Argentina, [[MisaimedMarketing they heavily marketed]] ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' to children, including coloring books, sticker albums, and action figures based on the movie.
**** It's like that in North America, too. There are children's toys and Fruit Roll-Ups themed after ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' (wouldn't be surprised if the stuff you mentioned is also sold here). There were even ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' happy meal toys!
*** ''Film/BatmanReturns'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc_XVcIME7Q got]] [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Happy Meal toys]] too. Look, the Batmobile! [[MisaimedMarketing Follow it dad, before the Penguin kidnaps and drowns all the first-born sons in Gotham!]] (Stuff like this led to at least one daytime talk show that summer covering the complaints from parents over the movie...)
**** ''Creator/TimBurton'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded this]] during an interview about his movies. He mentioned that executives were very displeased with the film, with comments like "Look, Penguin eating raw fish, spewing black stuff out of the mouth, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint how am I going to put this in a Happy Meal?!?!]]". Fortunately, Creator/JoelSchumacher's films being directly related to [[FranchiseKiller the whole Batman franchise going comatose for almost a decade]] vindicated Tim Burton's movies. Most of the "Batman is for kids" mentality though is because of older generations used to the campy [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West Batman series of the 60's]] being their only exposure to Batman.
*** There have been ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' action figures for kids that must be at least five or six years old. You know, ''The Dark Knight Rises''? That [[SarcasmMode delightfully family-friendly movie outing]] featuring such delights as a [[spoiler: graphic blood transfusion]] ''in the opening scenes'', multiple shootings, one resulting in a hospitalisation, [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne having his back broken]] ''[[spoiler:and]]'' [[spoiler:[[NauseaFuel with the appropriate sound effects]], several other people having bones crushed and necks broken by Bane, including one who has his skull crushed,]] and of course, realistically-presented bombings up the ass - and that's not spoilered because ''YOU SEE IT IN THE BLOODY TRAILER.'' It's PG-13/12A '''''FOR A REASON'''''!
**** And in a case of Completely Missing the Point, after the July 20, 2012 mass shooting at a midnight showing of this movie in Aurora, Colorado that left 58 injured and 12 dead, there were people on several forums who were pouncing at the fact that articles were stating that some of these victims were under 10 years old, and were like, "What were these parents doing bringing their young kids who are less than 10 years to a ''midnight showing'' of a very violent movie?!"
** ''Film/KickAss'' got complaints from misinformed parents thinking it was a fun superhero movie despite the '''R''' rating it received. And you know, the bloody title. Amusing because some theaters even censor the title of the movie on the ticket stub.
** ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' left children shaking in fear outside of the theater. This wasn't bad parenting - their parents supposedly took them to the film [[AnimationAgeGhetto just because it was based off a comic book]]. Even worse is that it was advertised on channels aimed at kids like Cartoon Network when it came out.
** The [[Film/{{Watchmen}} film adaptation]] of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' did not take long at all to fall victim to this. Consider: Comic book fans all know this story is by ''[[BlackAndGrayMorality no]]'' [[AnyoneCanDie stretch]] [[WhatTheHellHero of]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog the]] [[RapeAsDrama imagination]] [[EldritchAbomination appropriate]] [[MindRape for]] [[BittersweetEnding children]]. Okay. Now think of all the people out there who are ''not'' comic book fans, have never heard of the novel, and only saw [[http://notalwaysright.com/when-presumptions-meet-postmodernism/4312 an awesome trailer with superheroes doing cool stuff]]. The film does have an "adults only" rating in American and British markets, but we all know how well some adults acknowledge those.
*** There is some [[http://www.forbiddenplanet.com/categories/Family/840/Watchmen;jsessionid=DBBDAD31E194686960B34EF0F9FDFC03.bulk merchandising]]. One imagines a little kid walking around with a Doctor Manhattan or a [[WhatTheHellHero Rorschach]] lunchbox.
**** In fact, Debbie Schlussel wrote an entire column bashing ''Watchmen'' as another example of marketing extreme content to children. When she was called out on this, and told that the film was not intended for children, she replied by saying that the existence of merchandise based on this film proved her write, apparently not understanding that the filmmakers and merchandisers are completely separate groups and that the filmmakers likely were ''forced'' to include a merchandising agreement in their contract, despite the film being rated R. For that matter, ''numerous'' films, comics, video games and other things ''very clearly'' not marketed to children still have merchandising, such as the ''Alien'' franchise, the porn-comic ''Morbis Gravis'', etc.
**** On a similar note, some DVD covers of the ''Watchmen'' movie don't censor Doctor Manhattan's privates. You can't really tell he's naked since he looks so inhuman and [[BarbieDollAnatomy sort of like a Ken doll]], but he's still naked.
*** Parodied in [[http://envyskort.deviantart.com/gallery/#Watchmen-Stuff "G-rated Watchmen comic"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDHHrt6l4w "Saturday Morning Watchmen"]].
*** The failure of ''Watchmen'' pretty much killed any chance of anymore R-rated superhero movies. [[http://thinkmcflythink.squarespace.com/movie-news/2010/4/25/exclusive-interview-with-bruce-timm.html According to]] Creator/BruceTimm, there were plans for an R-rated [[WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies DC animated film]], but the poor box office haul for ''Watchmen'' [[GenreKiller put the kibosh on any future superhero movies with anything higher than a PG-13 rating]]. (not that some DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies don't push the rating as far as it goes)
**** MarkMillar has also said this is why none of the studios were interested in ''Film/KickAss'', which ultimately ended up as an indie production.
** Film/HowardTheDuck got a kid-friendly PG rating despite a few scenes of naked or semi-naked women, but apparently it was okay since they were [[NonMammalMammaries ducks]].
** Despite having the same age rating as most other superhero films, an argument can be made that ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' goes so far with some of the deaths in the BadFuture to the point that it should have received a higher age rating. The opening scene especially is rather disturbing and highly non-child-friendly.
* A lot of old classic cinema films get mistaken for this perhaps unintentionally to introduce children to the most popular cinema that existed from an early age. A lot of people just can't seem to understand that while UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode made films more "wholesome," it did not always make them more soothing for kids. Indeed, the Code was less stringent with horror films than with any other genre. The aforementioned ''Best Old Movies for Families'' book directly addresses this, and except for ''Theatre/HelloDolly'', the films below are described in detail so parents know what they're ''really'' about going in so they'll know if they want their kids to tackle it now or later.
** ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', as inspirational as it is as a holiday film, still has a man trying to kill himself.
** ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', featuring a good ol' gang stabbin', attempted gang rape, and the blatant racism of the cops and the Jets.
** ''Theatre/HelloDolly'' The fact that it got a G-rating in America makes this example even worse.
** ''Film/KingKong''. The effects might have aged, but the dinosaurs and giant ape are still scary as hell.
** ''Film/TheRedShoes1948''. It's based on a fairy tale! And ballet! High culture! Never mind the ballet-within-a-film is avant-garde expressionist horror where (just like the story) the heroine dances herself to death in the red shoes, and that's before the real-world framing story ends [[spoiler: with the heroine, torn between her love for her husband and her love for ballet, who commits suicide by leaping off a balcony [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill in front of a train]]]].
* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' is somewhat family friendly with its pro-acceptance message, which has led people to pick up other Creator/JohnWaters films thinking they were similar. This has led to Waters getting massive amounts of hate mail despite his reputation as "The Sultan of Sleeze." In one case, a woman made the news when she [[DisproportionateRetribution called 911]] after putting on ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' for her kids.
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* In ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'', John Cusack plays a puppeteer who puts on a rather racy puppet show in public, and a clueless dad mistakenly lets his young daughter watch it. This does not end well.
* In ''Film/DunstonChecksIn'', the kid's dad turns on the TV to calm him down and says, "Ah, a nice old black and white movie. You'll be out in no time". Meanwhile, Kong has escaped and is about to abduct the heroine, sending the kid straight into nightmare land.
* In ''Film/JerseyGirl'', the protagonist takes his daughter to see ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'', (which features a barber who [[VillainProtagonist slits the throats of his customers and bakes them into pies]]) assuming it's just some silly musical.
* In ''Film/MeetTheFockers'', a toddler changes the channel from ''Series/SesameStreet'' to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''. His parents get shocked at this.
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