Did you see The Hangover last weekend, PopWatchers? Of course you did. So did I. With my mom.
Yep, you read that right: I saw the comedy—complete with its high level of profanity, innuendo and straight-up nudie shots—with my mother. And the best part? She loved it. (But how can I expect any less from my super-cool mum, who’s so tapped into pop culture, she was once quoted alongside our own Michael Slezak in the now-infamous Cougars 4 Cook article?) Some of my co-workers, however, are shocked that I would see such a film with a parent. But I scoff at them, especially considering the fact that I willingly took my mother to see The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle in the theaters.
That being said, there are some films that I probably would avoid seeing accompanied by a parent. For one: Closer (that film, instead, served as the backdrop to the most awkward first date I ever had). Or even the American Pie movies. Or, on a more serious note, A History of Violence (yet I deemed a naked Viggo in Eastern Promises more than acceptable for parent-child viewing).
So my question for you now, PopWatchers: What’s the dirtiest film you’ve seen with a parent? I’ve polled some of our EW staffers, and here are some of their answers (so you don’t feel so alone):
Tim Stack: “Boogie Nights with both my parents and grandparents.
Jeremy Medina: “American Psycho. Nothing says a great afternoon with your mom than watching a naked Christian Bale chase after equally naked girls with a chainsaw.”
Aubry D’Arminio: “My dad took me at, like, ten years old to see The Last Emperor. It was my first on-screen threesome.”
Christine Spines: “Purple Rain and Dressed to Kill.”
Leah Greenblatt: “Being nine with my stepmom and a bunch of her friends and watching the Top Gun sex scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis was awkward enough for me….it was that string of spit when they were kissing, and I actually went to hide in the bathroom.”
Chris Nashawaty: “When I was a kid, my dad took me to see Altered States, which has a lot of sex in it. I was eight or nine. He made us walk out half way through.”
Missy Schwartz: “Idid see Flashdance at the drive-in with my mother, sister, and step-father when I was in third grade. It was a double feature with Footloose. And obviously, the memories of Flashdance are much more, uh, vivid. I don’t think I’d ever seen nudity on the big screen before. Awkward.”
Michael Ausiello: “I took my 80-year-old grandmother to There’s Something About Mary — and that’s after I had already seen it! She made it past the hair gel but walked out during a scene with about 100 ‘f—s’ in it. Still mortified to this day.”