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 Exorcist. I 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 Ball, that 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?
[via Filmmaker IQ]