Watch Out! "Family" Movies with Cursing

WHAT did that character just say?! A guide to movies with more four-letter words than you remember. By Betsy Bozdech
Topics: Screen Time

Over the summer of 1985, I saw Back to the Future in the theater five times -- a personal record that still stands. I can still vividly remember watching the scene in which Marty (Michael J. Fox) sees the terrorists coming after Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd); eyes goggling in fear and disbelief, Marty yells out a loud, clear (and, given the circumstances, probably justified) "Holy s--t!" I don't remember my parents making a big deal of it, but to my 10-year-old ears, that was a pretty electrifying moment. He swore! (And he did it again, too; all together, there are five uses of "s--t" in the movie, plus a fair bit of other iffy language.)

Back to the Future certainly isn't the only family-targeted film from the '70s and '80s to get a little blue. Movies you remember as being innocuous when you were young may have more four-letter words than you remember -- or maybe it's just been years since you saw anything besides the edited-for-TV version. To help you and your family keep it clean, we've rounded up a few other hall-of-famers:

  • Adventures in Babysitting: This '80s action-comedy (a nostalgic favorite for plenty of parents) includes everything from "f--k" and "s--t" to "goddamn" and the derogatory word "homo."
  • The Bad News Bears: Not only do the kids in this edgy '70s baseball comedy swear ("s--t," "goddamn," "a--hole," "bastard," and more, including racial slurs), but they also smoke and are given beer by an adult.
  • Beetlejuice: There's plenty of creepy imagery on display in Tim Burton's comedy-horror hybrid, as well as a few memorable uses of strong language (notably "s--t" and "f--k").
  • Big: This PG-rated Tom Hanks comedy includes a kid (Hanks' character's best friend) using "f--k," plus a few instances of "goddamn," "a--hole," "bastard," and more. Watch out for a fair bit of smoking and suggestive material, too.
  • A Christmas Story: While the movie's most memorable language-related moment actually centers on a word that isn't said ("Oh, fuuuuudge!" "Only I didn't say fudge."), there's lots of discussion about profanity, and a few other choice terms pop up: "ass," "son of a bitch," "hell," "hot damn," and the like.
  • E.T.: Many parents are surprised to be reminded of the colorful language in this feel-good favorite, particularly the insult "penis breath" from a young child. Other terms include "s--t," "damn," "oh my God!," and "son of a bitch."
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: True, Ferris is more for teens anyway (as are John Hughes' other classic '80s teen comedies, all of which are pretty salty -- especially the R-rated Breakfast Club), but given his long-lasting appeal, it's worth a reminder that everything from "f--k" (said once) to "s--t" (used often) pops up.
  • The Goonies: Kids and adults alike use "s--t" several times over the course of this exciting, Steven Spielberg-produced adventure, and you'll hear "damn," "goddamn," "ass," "hell," "oh my God," and more, too.
  • Grease: Most of the strong language in this perennial favorite is in the racy song "Greased Lightning," from "s--t" to "p---y wagon," but a lot of it is said or sung so quickly that kids might not pick up on it. Characters also say "crap," "ass," and "God" (as an exclamation). And then there's all the smoking and sexual content.
  • Spaceballs: Lots of the iffier language in Mel Brooks' Star Wars spoof gets edited out when it airs on TV; if you watch the uncut version, you can expect to hear "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," and even one use of "f--k."
  • Stand by Me: Between the swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more), the ultra-gross barfing scenes, and the dead body at the center of the story, this coming-of-age classic based on a Stephen King novella certainly earns its R rating -- but people tend to forget that, since it's set in the '50s and has a strongly nostalgic tone.

Kids know that swear words get a rise out of adults, so when they hear strong language, it tends to make an impression. Even milder "gateway" words -- insults such as "stupid" and "idiot" or made-up swear substitutes such as "gammit" (thanks, Fred Figglehorn), "smurf," and "frack" (Battlestar Galactica) -- can lead to imitation and rude behavior. How to nip it in the bud? Get our tips on talking to your kids about swearing.

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Adult written by PieCatLady

Hey, thanks! Funny I need your website NOW. Only by the grace of God is my speech cleaned up - mostly - ugh! Cussing is a VERY difficult habit to break, once learned. To my dear parents' credit, bad language was never used at home. So in college, I forced myself to cuss. Peer pressure can't be blamed. It was a clear choice. Being modern and cool was the excuse, of course. Red-faced with embarrassment...at first...I tried out the least ugly words. Soon the worst profanity, crudity, and obscenity rolled out of my mouth like a sewer pipe. In the Bible, the apostle Paul calls it "corrupt communication." {Eph 4:29} That means ANY language that does NOT "administer grace unto the hearers." It includes taking the Lord's Name in vain, angry words, bullying or nasty insults (even as if in jest), racism, sexism, etc. Saved at last, I worked to clean up my speech. It was (and is) far harder to UNLEARN the habit than it ever was to learn it. Took literally YEARS! Still sometimes bad words slip out. At least I see that they ARE bad. "Colorful or salty language" is OFFENSIVE... Those two cutesy euphemisms point out that social standards are changing. Common Sense Media, you're on the right path. Your website is a blessing. (If my expressions of personal faith offend anyone, just call it a gift.) Although many media sources (especially the internet) allow or even approve of garbage-talk, under the guise of freedom of speech, you're helping parents and even older individuals (ahem!) work for change in the right direction, You truly help families and individuals fight the-trend of "anything goes" in public speech. To paraphrase Evelyn Beatrice Hall, "I may not agree with what you say, but I defend your right to be offended by any and all speech truly aimed at being offensive..." Let's have CLEAN free speech - at least in public venues. May Americans affirm (as we once did) that corrupt communication is totally UNACCEPTABLE. Please tell me that it's not a lost cause!
Teen, 13 years old written by Speckledhyena

Swearing isn't really that bad depending on how old your kid is. If your kid is about 10-13, they'll most likely know by then that swearing is something to do when it'd be appropriate.
Adult written by PieCatLady

To Teen-Thirteen and Speckledhyena With a smile from PieCatLady: OK, yes. You're right. It's a personal choice every time. Choice and awareness meet freedom of speech here. Is "@# #[email protected]!" (any swear word) "appropriate" right now? Right here?? You get the say-so. Then the door opens wide on a huge grey area. Are there ANY firm standards? Only if YOU say so. Please do consider who is listening. Someone there might not like hearing it. Of course, you have to CARE that you've offended someone... or anything goes.... I posted about my deliberate choice (at an admittedly immature age) to start swearing. It was not at all my upbringing. "Oh everybody's doing it. It's cool. It doesn't really matter. Nobody cares....." Nah, really I just decided I could do it if I wanted to. And my words got "saltier" and "more colorful" along the way. Even at my worst, I could clean up my language briefly: Around my parents (who really would dislike it - but I didn't see them that often), at my church (when I went there), with old folks around or in any very public place unless I was really upset or hanging out with a bunch of other foulmouths so my language matched theirs, at my job, etc. At work when I got miffed, I'd stick my head way underneath the cabinet by this big priinter. Under my breath: "$#@!* You $#@!$#@!! Very ugly opinion of person(s) involved. I was NOT supposed to cuss out customers!! Customer: "What did you say?!!" Me: "I said "Phooey, this printer's not working..." or some other BIG LIE. Even if they felt sure that was NOT what I said, at least I didn't lose my job over losing my temper. Oh so smarty of me. Now I see (as a completely renewed Christian} that the Bible tells me not to do that. (Lev 19:14) Cussing when someone can't hear. That's cursing the deaf. Cussing is just plain not nice. I shouldn't be lying either. I said all that to say this.: Now, I freely choose NOT to use those words ever again. Mostly, I don't. But it's still kinda deep in me, an old ugly habit. Wish I'd stuck with my good upbringing!! My parents were right, and I told them so before they passed away. I made a bad choice when they offered me the best choice. If YOU choose to cuss, keep in mind that it's very hard to stop it completely once you start. It tends to get worse as it goes, also. Better to be clean in speech. as your natural way of talking. "Phooey" is just as effective as $#@[email protected]! Plus, the more ugly words used at one time, *@%# that %$#@-ing [email protected]!...") the LESS effective. it is. If it's what you always say, who can tell when you really want to be heard?? Swearing is just a bunch of ugly talk that many many people would not want to hear at all. Why pick up a rotten habit?!
Parent of a 10 year old written by maddox121

My 7-year old has been watching "Casper" and she learned the Female dog word. Got to say, more mature than the cartoon series, looking for a movie made in 1995 for CGI elements, watch Toy Story.
Parent of a 10 year old written by maddox121

My 7-year old has been watching "Casper" and she learned the Female dog word. Got to say, more mature than the cartoon series, looking for a movie made in 1995 for CGI elements, watch Toy Story.
Parent of a 10 year old written by maddox121

My 7-year old has been watching "Casper" and she learned the Female dog word. Got to say, more mature than the cartoon series, looking for a movie made in 1995 for CGI elements, watch Toy Story.
Teen, 14 years old written by MrMoviesGuy

Yeah, that's true, Transformers (2007) and Regular Show does have curse words and they have a PG rating. Imagine a kids film has the C word and gets a PG rating, that is just wrong and it won't even be a kids movie, it would just have to be rated R, I never knew a PG rated movie would have the F word.
Adult written by timothya1

Cursing isn't bad. We all curse. It's how you use it that differs from good and bad. Even if you disagree, not exposing your children to these words is worse because you're not explaining why you think they're bad and sheltering them from the fact that cursing is done by a lot of people in a lot places. That's why parents need to watch movies with their children to let them know what is ok and what is not rather then sheltering them from reality.
Adult written by PieCatLady

Hey, timothya1: No, sir, we don't ALL curse. Ugly words are ugly. Period. I greatly agree that parents should talk things over with kids and certainly point out that ugly language is used all around us. Everyone is jumping off a cliff....that means we should, too. Right? Nope. Again, I say: Some of us do not curse. Really. Cursing for me is wrong. Now that's absolutely "just my opinion." My free choice. Your cursing is your choice.
Adult written by petittor

The Sandlot. Watched it on a recent roadtrip...didn't remember all the language in this movie when I was a kid...
Adult written by PieCatLady

Many years ago, a sweet lady (a family elder) asked about my best friend Tracey. " Is she a POTTY-MOUTH?" That's the lady's polite way to put it. Tracey does curse a lot - plenty of real zingers. I know that. But a potty-mouth? I replied, "Well...sorta..." Tracey's cussing doesn't faze me because fact is, I cuss plenty myself. Ugly zingers...most of the time. Somehow I hold off (usually) in polite society, around any older folks who probably don't like it. Around my parents. Around any child or teenager, knowing it's a bad influence. Yet I cuss freely around friends and they all cuss around me. Now, we aren't kids. We're twenty- then thirty-forty-somethings. Yet cussing really is a part of our usual way of talking. Years of cussing! Now, I become a truly committed Christian. Before I did believe but didn't always apply the Scriptures to my behavior. Now I'm committed to change. It's time to QUIT that stuff entirely. Guess what? IT'S NOT EASY ! Many many, oh so many times, catch myself cussing. Apologize - even to folks who cuss a lot themselves and tell me, "Oh, that's okay." The apology is important; it shows intent to stop. Then communicate the idea with no bad words. Takes YEARS. The habit is that ingrained. Slipping when upset or angry comes up, over and over. Finally the habit is (pretty much) gone . At the same time, I start to really notice and HEAR the way my friends sound. Ugh. That's how I sounded. Potty-mouth! Now I'm a reformed potty-mouth. How totally unnecessary (and truly INEFFECTIVE as communication) all that cussing is. Over-used, ugly words lose emotional impact. They're still intentionally very offensive, especially to innocent ears that may overhear them. But they don't carry any real feelings to hearers who over-use them, too. Conversely, the cleaner my verbal choices, the more other people's cuss-words ring sour in my ears. So think of this, @Gabbyyy: Maybe the sensitivity to cussing that you feel around you comes from the fact that the worst language (rude profanity and crude obscenity) abounds in all the media that we (most of us) use every day. It's in the movies, song lyrics, videos, TV and cable, and all over the internet. We used to just avoid hearing that stuff if we disliked it. We knew the people and places it would likely be heard, so we could just avoid them. Not so now. Without helpful websites like this one, you find it everywhere, unexpectedly, Still NOT EVERYONE uses it. Polite society used to be the American way. Most folks who don't cuss also don't like hearing or reading that kind of language. It's ugly. Yet it's shoved in our faces and our ears through the popular media every day. Is the abundant use of obscenity and profanity really the standard of communication now ? Is it socially acceptable ? Politically correct?? If so, IMPOLITE society is becoming the American way now. Is that what most of us really want? Cursing may be a part of free speech. Even so, NOT EVERYBODY does it. Those who'd prefer polite speech to be the standard (the way it used to be) have endured the crudity long enough. What can we do?? Make our opinions heard over the loud sounds of foul language. Choice of words tells a lot about us. Ugly speech is unattractive; it doesn't make us better. Those who cuss to spite others are showing insensitivity. They don't care what others feel or think. Even though I got cleaner and my friends heard my clear intention not to cuss, I never criticized their choice of words...respecting them. My friends are caring people. Pretty soon they'd apologize to me, too, when they cussed, out of respect for me. Now they kinda watch their language around me so they don't feel the need to apologize very often. They may cuss up a storm somewhere else but not around me. Plus I go to church and church functions a lot and have a big loving non-cussing church family. It's a change for the better. I don't think POTTY-MOUTHS make up the majority in America. They want free speech. What about the freedom NOT TO HAVE TO HEAR offensive language? Enough sensitivity from those who don't want to hear cussing, and maybe there'll be a change for the better all over the country. Of course, everything here is absolutely just my opinion. Free speech, ya know!
Teen, 15 years old written by Gabbyyy

This whole article just shows how sensitive people have become in recent years. People are acting like words are the worst thing in the world. Censoring isn't gonna do anything. As many other comments already stated that the worst behavior is gonna come from school. People that watched these movies as children clearly turned out fine and aren't traumatized. I just watched Shrek a couple weeks ago and I wish more kids movies are like that.
Teen, 14 years old written by BunnyCuddles13

Cursing is such a foolish subject. I feel some parents are too worried about what's influencing their kids through the media , when really most kids are influenced too curse at places that they can't control, such as school. I remember when I was around 7 or 8 crap was the worse word I ever heard one of my peers say, but then kids started saying stronger words, such as a** or sh*t and sometimes even f*ck. Do you know why these kids cursed? It was before the children around them cursed, and mostlikely those kids learned it from their parents. There really is no way of protecting your child from these sensitive words. You can control your child, but you can not control others and the enviornment around them. Sadly,there is this child around 4 or 5 years old around my neighborhood who is extremely rude and curses very excessively, he pretty muchknows EVERY curse word in the english dictionary. He doesn't learn this from TV... He learns this from his parents. If you truly feel your kid should not be exposed to such course language, you must make the commitment yourself to not curse yourself. Even when you think the childs.not around, such as when they are sleeping or something, they could still be awake and listening to every word you say.
Adult written by PieCatLady

@BunnyCuddles13. Very intelligent comment! Except that cursing isn't exactly a foolish subject. You wrote a nice long and thoughtful post for just a foolish subject - right? Smile Bunny, that's meant as a compliment. You obviously don't like cursing now, so keep your smarts and stand on your right to choose your own words. It took me years to unlearn the bad habit of cussing and I really wish I'd never started that mess. It's not a bit cool and you don't have to curse to have friends. I worry about what is happening here in America. The rude and crude usage of words that are meant to offend and shock may be becoming the NEW American way. Our IMPOLITE society. It's not the end of the world, but maybe it's the beginning of the end... If most of us habitually curse without caring who hears us and is offended, then what comes next? The Bible warns that all kinds of ill behavior will get more and more common in these end times. Common! One older meaning of common = of low class, crude, indecent. That fits our new America.
Teen, 15 years old written by Kids Media USA

This comment will be about strong language, but they will be censored for the love of gawning hikes! 1. Graphic/extreme, over-the-top language: the "C" and "N" words; NOTE: No, I won't even explain or write them censored! 2. Strong coarse language: c--k, f--k, p--sy 3. Moderate profane language: assh--e, f--got, g--damn, sh-t, (sonofa) b--ch 4. Mild swearing/strongest allowed on primetime network TV: ass, bastard, piss, retard(ed) 5. Mild language, which some families might find religiously unacceptable: damn, hell, freaking, and milder forms of ethical slurs, such as 'cracker' I guess no profanity is allowed in elementary school (not even for 8+ year olds because of little kids), but mild and most moderate profanities are definitely OK in public middle schools, and in high school we all need to let out some moderate or strong language once in a while!
Parent written by Nea P.

It is also important to remember that we all know about these words, and the decision of when and how to use them is all in your immediate surroundings and not about what you see characters do in a movie or show. It's important to establish the difference between real and pretend, acceptable and unacceptable, etc.
Teen, 15 years old written by W0PR

I NEVER worry about swearing in movies, swearing is a harmless means of expressing anger and should not get in the way of a family movie. there are some movies that have a lot of swearing but are fine in everything else. i very much enjoyed "My Cousin Vinny" and "Hopscotch" even though they were full of swearing.
Adult written by WishfulWanderer

There's different levels of badness when it comes to swear words, and it also depends on the context. I don't like it when kids are featured using swear words and sneaking porn mags. It's disgusting and a bad influence. But if it's an action flick and something terrible just happened and one character yells "shit", then I think that's fine. Like in Jurassic Park when the characters are being chased by the T-Rex, and the blonde lady is screaming "shit" so loudly you can barely tell what she's saying, I see no harm in that. In fact, it really irritates me when movies go out of their way to avoid swear words and insert every childish insult instead, making the script sound unrealistic and ridiculously stupid. And at the other end, I also really hate an intentional overuse of swear words. Both just seem so forced and unnatural.
Parent written by Nea P.

I have to agree here. It seems that movies and shows go from one extreme to the other, completely overlooking "normal".
Teen, 15 years old written by W0PR

i agree. but in movies like "Super 8" were kids swear a lot in a humorous and harmless way it is not so bad
written by Secret Angel 3

My younger brothers watch tons of YouTube videos full of a foul language (bleeped and unbleeped), but as long as they are free of sexual content, and they don't copy the YouTubers, I let them watch it. They tried testing the waters once or twice, but we made it pretty clear bad language is not tolerated, and they haven't tried again since. We tell them that if you start copying what you see, you won't be allowed to see it anymore. Bye bye computer. And it works, cuz they love the computer. In general, the only time we won't watch something because of language is if the characters are saying "f***" and "s***" like every other sentence (for lack of a better example, think Wolf of Wall Street (although we wouldn't watch this anyway because of the sexual content)). In any case, that's why I really love this website. It tells you EXACTLY what's in a movie, which allows viewers to made an educated decision about whether to watch a film or not. Like just yesterday, I looked up Legend of the Drunken Master because my family wanted to see it on Netflix. Turns out the R rating was practically for nothing! Thanks for the article and thanks for the existence of this website!
Kid, 12 years old

In my opinion some of these movies are a bit overrated in terms of "iffiness" and here are what I would allow my kids to watch, in terms of swear words 0-4 no cursing whatsoever 5-7 stupid, idiot, etc. 8-9 moderate cursing, cr*p, da*n 10-12 heavy cursing, b*tch, a*s 13+ hard cursing, f*ck, sh*t, etc You are the parent so do what you see fit and if you are a kid, please listen to your parents I hear all these words @ school and I would imagine you or your child have already also. Thank you, and please no hate
Parent of a 7 year old written by tnbs616

Yes, we just watched the Back to the Future trilogy with my 7-year-old son last weekend and my husband & I were shocked by the language! I don't remember that at all, but I think only the "f" word and maybe b*&ch were the only words they didn't use. They even said g*#[email protected] once, which I could hardly believe was in a PG-rated movie. Also, in the 2nd movie, there were scenes with Marty's mom was wearing a very low-cut shirt and there was discussion about Biff paying for her enhanced cleavage, as well as a scene with Biff in a hot tub with two ladies who obviously didn't having bathing suits on. My husband & I hadn't remembered any of that from when we were kids, and we definitely had some talks with my son after each movie.
Kid, 12 years old

heres another one: Spaceballs. It was rated PG but near the end, the Darth Vader-based guy (Dark Helmet) says f'''.
Parent of a 7 and 18+ year old written by Crashcartjockey

My 7 year old had seen most of these movies. She doesn't use any of that language. It requires explaining to your child that: 1) the language is usually only used by people with a lack of an ability to find other words to express themselves. 2) It isn't and will not be tolerated in your home. Most of these movies are great and classic films and deserve to be viewed by children and parents with open imaginations. Don't let them slip by because someone says "s--t", "damn", "hell" or "f--k". Use this opportunity to educate them on other words that may be used instead. Pretending it doesn't happen doesn't fix the problem. Finding alternatives and solutions does.
Kid, 12 years old

Any film without the F or C words, a child 11 or under would handle and be suitable.
Teen, 14 years old written by Darth Rosenberg

I think as long as you teach your children that curse words are ignorant words to use to express your emotions and that it is not tolerated in your house, it shouldn't matter. I think unless there is really strong language in a movie (like the C or F word) and the character is screaming it, it really isn't a big deal. Kids hear a billion worse things at school. And you know where they learn it from? It isn't at the movies... it's at home. So if you really want your child to not to say bad words, stop using them yourself. Of course, I know better than anyone that words really do hurt, although I think some parents take it to far. Damn and hell are not curse words! The S word is a universal curse word used all around the world, so good luck sheltering your kids from that.
Teen, 14 years old written by BunnyCuddles13

I 100% agree.Even when they think their child is safe, there is still easy exposure to these innapropriate things. Not to mention that the technology that young children have at their hands now have easy access to innaproprate things, such as excessive cursing and violence, and even dare I say porn sites. These children don't know the danger of technology, and I see way too many kids with phones computers and tablets at WAY too young of an age. Honestly, if I had a kid, they wouldn't even dare touch the technology listed above unless it was improtant or if it was an emergency, and even so I would get them one of those old Obama phones that only call and text until I feel they are old enough to understand. At the very youngest, they would have access to tablets and duch when they are maybe 12. Maybe I am too protective, but I have een WAY too many foolish parents who don't see what their foolish 10 year olds are doing on the internet.
Adult written by grizmaster1981

You've omitted Terms of Endearment. This movie is rated PG yet the film has uses of "The C Word" which is equivalent of the N word to black people. Normally R rated films use this words. Families need to be conscious of this.
Kid, 12 years old

Why does cursing even matter? They're just words. Any kid over the age of six should be able to handle exposure to all of these movies except the last one.
Parent of a 8 year old written by Tarmik

I'm always checking what common sense media gives for child age before showing movie to the kids. But we typically are looking movies in russian, but I'm always translating movie title to english and check common sense media still. However - just noticed that problem with inappropriate language might fade away via translation - we also watched back to the future movie with kids - but translation smoothed effect of "cursing" in movie - it was translated slightly better than it was in movie in english.
Parent of a 9 year old written by ZoeMc

There are a lot of great movies on these lists, ones I have looked forward to sharing with my kids. I still plan to -when they're old enough to enjoy them. I don't think swearing or scary scenes or sexual innuendo damages children if its presented in context and as a believeable part of the story. I would prefer to watch it with them and have a chance to give my point of view on the content than have them sneak off to watch these forbidden (and therefore exciting) movies with their friends and never talk to me about it.
Parent of a 11 year old written by kenyadee

I was so looking forward to sharing The Goonies with my son - after all, the kids save the day. But was shocked by the language that I had not remembered!
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old written by meyobi

My father-in-law's favorite quote on the subject has done wonders for his teen grandkids and their opinion of all the swearing at school: "Profanity is the sign of a weak mind struggling to express itself." Which is not to say they don't do it themselves, among friends, but they've told me they think the thoughtlessness with which some people throw cussin' around in public and on the internet is stupid and obnoxious.
Adult written by ReadingFever

Wow, I didn't realize so many of the movies I watched as a child swore this much! I sat down with my son, nieces, and nephews, a few weeks ago, to introduce them to Who Framed Roger Rabbit...and ended up turning if off. I do NOT remember that much suggestiveness and profanity being in it!
Parent of a 8 and 8 year old written by andsoitgoes

I watched it with my 8 year olds and while there might have been some innuendo, I can assure you they bare no scars from watching it now twice. It's an excellent movie and I was 9 when I saw it, so were endless kids who were even younger when they went to see it. It may be suggestive, but our kids don't see that, they don't focus on that. If, for some reason, they do then maybe it's time to talk about it.
Adult written by alottawatt

Just because poor language is common in society doesn't mean that I have to welcome that into our home. In our home we don't use that kind of language & we don't welcome media that introduces it either. The Karate Kid movies are others that surprised me with the amount of language when I started to show them to my own kids.
Kid, 10 years old

This isn't a big deal. These days we hear the words in movies, songs, and even just from people. I have heard all of them in some of the movies I've watched. I think that older kids should be able to be exposed to them, not isolated in a world of only "appropriate" content. Besides, being 10, swearing in the media isn't even close to being a big deal to me.
Kid, 9 years old

exactly! your absolutely right. like, adults think that kids that are 8-10ish can not hear curse words and it will traumatize us or something. it's something we should not say, but i's not "innapropiatte." (sorry if i spelled that wrong)
Adult written by TamaraAZ

But it *should* be a big deal. And as a 10 year old you should be incensed that it is being presented as such to you and your peers.
Parent of a 2 year old written by NK17

i feel that kids shouldn't be blocked from profanity since "fu-k" "a--hole" "d-mn" "h3ll" and "s--t" go around in 5th-8th grade and beyond THIS is not a big deal
Parent of a 8 and 8 year old written by andsoitgoes

Amen! Finally someone with common sense. Demystify the words, make them seem unimportant and explain that they're not things worth using and you will be helping expand the world they know. Why parents think that preventing their kids from hearing bad words or some vaguely suggestive things is going to somehow make their children better people.
Teen, 15 years old written by Cutegirl101

I think they should keep it. The cussing makes it interesting. When ever my siblings hear it they laugh.
Adult written by Sekele

It's really amusing how in the past, movies could get away with allot more than they do nowadays simpler times indeed
Teen, 15 years old written by Kids Media USA

The movies rated PG back in the '80s rated on for 6+, 7+, 8+, 9+, would still get a PG, while those rated for audiences in the double digits would most likely get a PG-13. This means movies like Beetlejuice (despite its f bomb) and E.T. would still get a PG, while others like Airplane, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run would get a PG-13 today.
Adult written by theturner6

"Adventures in Babysitting" was always a favorite of ours and we were excited when we found it for $5. Then I came home from work one day and my wife asked if I remembered all the language that was in there. She had put it on to entertain the kids one day when the weather was cruddy outside. Big mistake! Inappropriate language throughout.
Adult written by CSM Screen name...

ET - Drew Barrymore's character calls her brother 'penis breath' in the first couple of minutes. Started to show it to our 5 year old - needless to say, hit the pause button pretty quickly!
Adult written by Bigchris

Omg my family took me to go see shrek when it first came out and while we loved the movie there was a lot of swearing for a kids movie I thought I still remember it today the shock we got lol
Parent of a 4 and 8 year old written by Dakabin Mama

I love ET, but Elliot calling his brother "P#nisbreath" is just so wrong! I always cough loudly or sneeze when it comes up!

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