I'm convinced that parents have a sixth sense that informs them to walk into your bedroom whenever you're seeing a movie or TV show and there's a "dirty part" on the screen. Whether the hard-boiled cop is questioning a stripper at the club, or the film's protagonists finally decide to break whatever sexual tension's been pent up for the past 50 minutes to an hour, they will walk in on that part.
Even worse than the "walk-in" in my opinion, is when you commit to sitting down and watching a movie with your family and a scene comes on that makes everything awkward for all parties involved. At least with the "walk-in," they yell at you and they're gone — the moment's over.
But when you're actually sitting down and deciding on a movie with them, especially when you paid for it in theaters, you're left with the memory of that embarrassing moment for the entire film. "Will another part come on? Where do I look? When will it be over?"
Merrit K, who works for VRV, decided to ask people on Twitter what their most embarrassing movie-watching experiences with their parents were, and you can feel the embarrassment pouring from out of your screen just reading these.
1. 'Saving Silverman'
I've said it once and I've said it again and I'm sure I'll say it a bunch of times in this piece: never watch R-rated comedies with your parents. It never, ever ends well.
2. 'Fatal Attraction'
It makes it even more awkward when you're watching it with your step-dad. As flawed as the Motion Picture Association of America is, films have ratings for a reason. Yikes.
3. 'Lady Bird'
Under these circumstances, it probably is best to stay away from watching the movie with your mom. Or maybe it's the perfect movie to watch with your mom. Depends on how you look at it.
4. 'But I'm a Cheerleader'
It's a movie about a girl's sexual awakening, what did you think would happen in it? Props to the sisters for staying behind and finishing it after all that awkwardness though.
If I were his dad, there's no way I'd ever win that game of chicken. On another note: Is Porky's really all that funny? It just seems like a bunch of losers being peeping toms, I don't remember there being actual jokes in the movie.
6. 'Black Swan'
True story: a friend of mine once accidentally had the same exact thing happen to him. Said he turned as white as a ghost once he was done, thankfully his mother was asleep the whole time.
7. 'Black Swan'...again
You know, you think you're going to watch a grown-up movie about ballerinas and enjoy a nice evening with your mother, and then you get a film rife with insanity. And acts like the one mentioned above.
8. 'March of the Penguins'
The movie isn't disturbing or anything, unless constantly hearing Morgan Freeman's narration voice reminds you of some unsavory Shawshank scenes, but when you think you're going into a happy children's movie and then see a documentary about real life penguins, it just isn't the same.
9. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'
If you've seen the movie and don't understand why this insane thriller would be a terrible viewing choice with your parents, then you might be as messed-up as the people in the film's creepy family.
The film that made Kevin Smith is a great one to watch with your friends while you nod your head and cackle in delight with how true it is. Hearing that kind of language around your parents on a daily basis? Not so much.
11. 'Hot Tub Time Machine' and 'Secretary'
Listen, R-rated comedies are probably never a good idea to watch with the folks until you're at least in your early 20s. But Secretary a whole other level of parental cringe.
My wife has a similar story. Imagine being a young girl who grew up with a conservative Muslim dad who then takes you to watch a movie that is the direct anti-thesis of everything he's taught you your entire life and he sits there guffawing the whole time. It's bananas.
13. 'The Human Centipede'
I have to believe that this entry is fake. It just has to be. There's no way anyone saw the cover art of that film for a family film night and thought it'd be a good idea.
14. 'Jackass: The Movie'
Oh my god, just the thought of Steve-O snorting that wasabi after watching all of the gross gags and terrible pranks and nasty scenes beforehand with my dad is making me sweat anxiously.
15. 'Sea of Love'
The fact that mom decided to volunteer all of those facts, right during the movie, is what made the entire experience even way more awkward. It didn't have to be that way.
16. 'Borat' once again.
Sacha Baron Cohen anything is always going to be an awkward viewing session with one's parents, but it is even worse when you go in thinking it's a Middle Eastern comedy, only to get hit in the face with his irreverently brilliant brand of humor.
17. 'Requiem for a Dream'
I cringe thinking about this movie, and I watched it with my cousin and brother who were super close in age to me. I could only imagine what it would've been like with my folks.
18. 'Pretty Woman'
I don't get it, it's a movie about a prostitute who falls in love with Richard Gere (who can blame her) and you expect the woman to do non-prostitutey things?
19. 'The X-Files Movie'
Obviously everyone wanted the two of them to hook up in the show, so the movie went and obliged all of those fan desires early on in the movie to finally get it out the way. Sadly, for kids and their parents who enjoyed watching the "wholesome show" on TV, it wasn't such a great experience.
20. Cup of tea, anyone?
Way to make it obvious, but this is a good reminder that as awkward as it for the kiddos, it's equally awkward for the parents, too.
21. 'Starship Troopers'
The co-ed shower scene was great if you were a 12-year-old boy watching it by yourself. Not so much when you're sitting with your mom shaking her head at the screen in disapproval.
If you're taking a 7-year-old to see a rated-R film, then you're already making a huge mistake. But not all R-rated films are created equal, and one about a guy who makes vulgar jokes out of killing people, along with pretty much everything else, will secure you a worst parent of the year award in no time.