Imagine it's the afternoon of Christmas Day, you've just enjoyed a nice Christmas dinner cooked up by your mom. You move to the couch satisfied with a full belly. Someone suggests watching a film, you think it's a great idea, as what better way to get over a full belly than watching a film. This is until an uncomfortable scene appears on screen.
It's a little more than awkward when watching a movie with your parents, when all of a sudden a graphic sex scene pops up on screen. What do you do? Just sit there in silence? Leave the room? Wish the sofa would swallow you up?
To save your blushes, here are 10 films to definitely avoid watching with your parents.
Starting off the list is the 2002 drama, Secretary. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, Secretary is a film about a young woman's life following her release from a mental hospital. As IMDB describes it as she "gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one". As you can imagine, the film is full of sexual images, that might put you off your Christmas pudding.
Let me start by saying, Spike Lee's remake should be avoided by everyone. Now I've got that out of the way, Oldboy is a Korean movie from the mind of Chan-wook Park. The film follows Dae-su Oh, who after being imprisoned for 15 years, is out and looking to exact revenge on those that kidnapped him. As well as having enough violence to put you off your dessert, the film contains as you can imagine, disturbing scenes which I wont go into detail about.
Don't let the title fool you! It's hard to figure out where to begin with this one. Starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Happiness is just one big ball of awkward and frankly disturbing scenes. When I say disturbing, I mean disturbing. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
7. Killer Joe
Matthew McConaughey plays the titular character Joe in this often disturbing and surreal movie. Joe is hired to kill the mother of Emile Hirsch's character. This is where things take a turn for the worse.
One scene in particular stands out, which involves a fried chicken leg that will have you reaching for the pillows. The scene is disturbing enough as it is, adding your parents into the fold could cause a meltdown of awkwardness.
6. Requiem For A Dream
Let me start by saying, Requiem For A Dream is a superb movie. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, this film covers a lot of subjects you may want to avoid with your parents. Such as having to explain what certain words mean (I wont go into detail). There's also several revealing sex scenes that go on for a number of minutes, which will feel like a lifetime if you're watching with the family.
5. Blue Is The Warmest Color
Next up is Blue Is the Warmest Color, a 2013 film about a young woman’s sexual awakenings. It won a Palme d’Or and the leads both gave great performances.
All great so far, but why might you want to avoid watching it with you parents? It has a reputation for its graphic sex scenes, involving the two leads, played by new James Bond actress Lea Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. The film’s director certainly didn't hold back in making the scenes as realistic as possible. In turn the scenes that play out for quite some time, might be a bit too much for you and the loved ones to sit through.
Director Steve McQueen’s Shame is a great film, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a great film, that happens to revolve around Michael Fassbender’s sexually driven character. There’s male nudity, female nudity and graphic sex scenes galore. There’s nudity from the very first scene, so as you can imagine, this should be missed.
3. American Pie
American Pie is a film that could potentially bring up a whole list of awkward conversations. The comedy, about teenagers trying to lose their virginity is probably a comedy you won’t want to suggest to watch with your loved ones. There’s scenes involving sexual acts with a pie, crude language and pale ales.
Of course there are a number of similar comedies to be avoided, but American Pie for all it's pie loving glory is number one from that list of films to avoid.
2. Nymphomaniac Part 1 & 2
Nymphomaniac stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman who recounts her erotic past experiences. The film is graphic to say the least, and borders on being pornography. The film was surrounded by controversy, as it was revealed it contained real sex scenes, mixed in with the scenes featuring its actors.
I'd imagine with a name such as Nymphomaniac though, you wouldn't expect it to be a nice family Christmas film.
There's a trend appearing here. Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist is about a grieving couple who retreat to a cabin in the woods hoping to repair their broken marriage and fix their lives, sounds OK so far right? No, this is where it goes south. There’s plenty of nudity and violence, and sometimes the two feature at the same time.
This film, more than any other should be avoided with the family, save yourself and them the embarrassment. If you want further proof of just how disturbing the film is, then check out the warning label at the bottom of the above picture.
In fact just avoid all of Von Trier's filmography with your family, this list could have been filled with just his films.
This is only a small list of films and there's many more out there. For those of you that do get caught up in all the commotion, all I can say is you're not the only one.