May 22, 2013

Tribeca Asks Filmmakers: 'What Was the Most Awkward Movie You Watched with Your Parents?'

Most of us remember watching movies with our parents -- maybe a John Hughes flick -- laughing as John Candy flips a birthday pancake the size of a coffee table with a snow shovel. Those memories, however, don't burn quite as deeply and ferociously into our memories as those kill-me-now moments in which your arm and your mother's arm accidentally touch as a katana wielding Bruce Willis opens the door to Zed's back room of horrors in Pulp Fiction. Don't worry. You're not alone. In an episode of Tribeca's One Question series, filmmakers talk about the most awkward movies they've ever seen with their parents.

Directors Matthew Cooke (How to Make Money Selling Drugs), Rob Bruce (McConkey), Jenée LaMarque (The Pretty One), Christopher Pomerenke (Queens of Country), and producer Chris McDaniel (Queens of Country) share which agonizing films they watched with their parents. Check out the video via Filmmaker IQ.

I must admit, I grew up on 1980s B-Horror movies, so the opportunity to be completely beside myself in embarrassment was there, but I was simply too young to realize it. When I was 7 or 8, I remember watching Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Demons with my dad without even flinching at the topless zombies or infamous lipstick scene. I didn't even cringe at the crucifix scene in The ExorcistI just sat there bursting with anticipation and waiting for her head to spin around -- like a normal kid.

No -- it wasn't until I was a teenager, sitting in my living room watching Monster's Ballthat I experienced the awkwardness. I remember watching the beginning of that scene (you know which one -- the first one) and observing my dad casually strolling into the room. I'm now convinced that no amount of body language, prayer, telepathy, or NLP will keep a parent from walking into an embarrassing situation that you're tragically a part of.  I tell you, I sat there frozen, eyes averted, contemplating the string of poor choices that lead me to experiencing that 4 minutes of torture.

What about you? What was the most awkward movie you've ever watched with your parents?

Link: One Question Series -- Tribeca

[via Filmmaker IQ]

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46 Comments

Lmmfao...anymovie with a sex scene or sex joke was mad uncomfortable to watch with the parents

May 22, 2013

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t. cal

Hahaha, 'Shame' by Steve McQueen

May 22, 2013

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Lloyd

Wow, I don't envy that experience. :)

May 22, 2013

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Joe Marine
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haha, yeah it was not awesome.

May 23, 2013

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Lloyd

Shame is awkward to watch with anyone, lol

May 23, 2013

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Marcus

I was around 12 and I watched Jay & Silent Bob with my dad. It was a little strange.

May 23, 2013

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Micah Van Hove
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I watched Halloween (2007) and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (American version) and even as an adult its still awkward as hell. Now If I go see a movie with my parents I check why its rated what it is.

May 23, 2013

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Sid

the crying game. five minutes after THE scene, we turned it off with my dad cause "this movie is kinda boring, isnt it?"

May 23, 2013

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rodrigo calderon

Likewise. We did watch the whole thing, but it was very uncomfortable. My dad laughed throughout 'the scene'. I just froze in embarrassment.

May 23, 2013

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Dave N.

American Pie.... In theatres.... with my mom..... Doesn't help that I really look a lot like Jason Biggs. Definitely did not really know what the movie was about. Assumed it was just some awkward teen comedy. Oh man...

May 23, 2013

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Michael Solomon

Watched "Spanking the Monkey" with mommy dearest. Worst movie to watch with ma. Those who recall the plot know exactly why.

May 23, 2013

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sid

Oh my word. I haven't seen it, but the name says it all.

May 23, 2013

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Brian

No. It's even worse than you think!

May 23, 2013

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Geoff

Haha, I came here to say exactly the same. Watched "Spanking the Monkey" at the theater with mom. Worst. Idea. Ever.

May 28, 2013

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Shenan

"Irreversible". Needless to say, the experience was... irreversible.

May 23, 2013

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Francisco

Superbad. It was one big ball of awkard. Couldn't stop myself from laughing during the end credits when... well you see a lot of drawn shlongs. It was awkard.

May 23, 2013

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Daniel

The opening scene in happiness was pretty uncomfortable...

May 23, 2013

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Joe

Black Swan with my mother, in the theaters when I was visiting for Christmas.

We both loved the flick, but knowing the lesbian scene was coming didn't make it any less awkward.

May 23, 2013

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

May 23, 2013

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Anthony Marino

Feel for ya, bro.

May 23, 2013

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Nick

I saw Big in the theater when I was about as old as Tom Hanks' character, so my interest in the sex scene was exactly like his, but I was sitting next to an older aunt of mine.

Now, as an adult, my wife and I host a pumpkin carving party in October. We end the night with a scary movie. A couple of years ago we selected the unrated version of "The Last House on the Left". Of course there is a 20 min long, horrific rape scene smack in the middle of the movie. No one moved. No one talked. And to this day we all still make jokes about how uncomfortable that was. It probably would have been ok in a dark movie theater. After all we are all adults. But in your home, sitting on your couch, with the room so full of friends. that people are on the floor. Not fun.

May 23, 2013

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"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" with my mom and GF.
We saw it on opening weekend and didn't know we'd be staring at Jason Segel's phallus... and in the first 5 minutes of the movie no less. Thinking about my mother's reaction still makes me laugh. LOL

May 23, 2013

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wild things...that scene, you know the one. watched it in the living room with my parents when i was like 12. i will never fully recover

May 23, 2013

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Mark

Bad Boy Bubby, at home with me ma. The closest thing to serious psychological damage possible through a television screen... With the possibly exception of watching The Human Centapede on LSD, which one of my 'associates' voluntarily did, alas his parents weren't around at the time!

May 23, 2013

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Mugsy

Leaving Las Vegas. My parents had no idea what it was about before we sat down to watch it. -___-

May 23, 2013

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Punch Drunk Love. The phone sex scene in particular, while sitting next to my mom, was tough to act like it was normal for us to just keep watching. Neither of us said anything and just kept looking at the screen.

May 23, 2013

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I think i may have the best one.... 11 years old watching "Howard Stern Private Parts" with my parents. The entire thing.... Yep even the speaker scene lol

May 23, 2013

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Chris

In their defense, they didnt see it coming either lol

May 23, 2013

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Chris

Back in Blockbuster days, my parents mistakenly rented "Happiness" instead of "Life is Beautiful"... Meanwhile 12 people to sit down as a family to watch an Italian WW2 Drama/Comedy (4 children in house and my 84 year old Italian grandma in front row). After an unbearable first 10 minutes filled awkward silence, my Grandma stands up and says "I knew Nazi's were bad but this is revolting!"

May 23, 2013

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Jonathan

Good Luck Chuck....

May 23, 2013

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Mike

Haha! Eyes Wide Shut in the theater!

May 23, 2013

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Jon

Most of the comments are way more funny than that boring video (made even worst by that horrible "Grey's Anatomy-like" music).

May 23, 2013

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FabDex

I watched "My Own Private Idaho" with my parents like twenty years ago. We had no idea what the movie was about. Very awkward!

May 23, 2013

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Patrick

I feel like there were worse ones but the theater experience I had seeing "He Got Game" was pretty awkward, and Ray Allen's acting didn't help any. Also "Eyes Wide Shut" was pretty strange.

May 23, 2013

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Ryan

Mulholland Drive... TWO lesbian love scenes? Come on, I'm trying to watch this with my dad in the room!

May 23, 2013

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Nick

"A Clockwork Orange" with my Mother in the theatre....I was 15!

May 23, 2013

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DMW

Mother of god...

May 24, 2013

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V Renée
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Last Tango in Paris. My two brothers and I talked our mom into taking to a movie theater in Tokyo. We were kids and did not know in advance about the "butter scene". Wow.

May 23, 2013

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rob

Happiness.... with mum and dad. Very, very awkward indeed...

May 23, 2013

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The Wilberforces

BRUNO ... I was in 9th or 10th grade I think. Sasha's dong was stretched over an enormous screen - with both of my parents sitting beside me - and I heard one girl whisper, "what's that kid doing here, oh my god."

May 23, 2013

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Jared

Boyz in the Hood... in theaters.
"Can you drive stick?"... "I can learn."
Enough said.

May 24, 2013

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SMD

In high school I wanted to show my girlfriend 'American Beauty'. My dad decided to watch it with us.

May 24, 2013

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various American Pie movies. this hasn't happened with just my parents, but two other times with friends' parents as well. more notably the one with the girl who's afraid to orgasm.

May 26, 2013

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Last Tango in Paris

Parental unit wanted to watch latest Marlon Brando movie. Oops.

May 27, 2013

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HKA

i watched desperate living with my mom LOL

May 28, 2013

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J

"Hair gel" scene in There's Something About Mary...almost internally bled out (in?) from not laughing, even at the age of 30.

May 28, 2013

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Tom