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15 Films You Really, Really Shouldn't Have Watched With Your Parents

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    We've all been there. You and your folks are settling in for some quality family time. Someone suggests a film that seems like something everyone might enjoy. It's gotten some good buzz. Mom saw a review in The Times but doesn't really remember what it said. It seems innocuous enough.

    Then it happens. The foul language flies. The boobs and buttocks emerge. The squirming begins. Suddenly you and the people who could barely get through the "birds and the bees" speech are watching sex scenes that would make Dr. Ruth blush. The awkwardness is intense, and it's anyone's guess as to which one of you will yell, "Abort mission! Abort mission!" while running out of the room. Probably you.

    Like we said, we've all been there. Let our mortification and bad judgment entertain you as we share our most cringe-worthy cinematic anecdotes. Oh, the awkwardness.

    This month, we're sharing steamy personal stories, exploring ways to have even better sex, and wading through the complicated dynamics that follow us into the bedroom. Here's to a very happy February. Check out more right here.


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    "I saw Black Swan with my dad and essentially blacked out from mortification during the Mila/Natalie oral sex scene."

    Laura Hibbard, social media editor

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    "Christmas, 2011. My brother and I are going to see a movie. We invite my dad, who A) doesn't go to cinemas anymore because he hates strangers talking during the film, and B) made us leave the room during any scene of an adult nature when we were growing up (I was the oldest of five, and was still banished well into college). My brother and I extol the virtues of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, which is notorious for its no-talking policy. My dad finally agrees to join us. My brother and I high-five in celebration, completely forgetting the fact that the film we're planning to see is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I had to stare at my soda the entire time. The strangest thing was that my dad didn't comment at all about the rape scenes or full-frontal nudity. We got to the car, and he said, 'That girl [Rooney Mara] is going to be a star.'"

    Erin Donnelly, London contributor

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    "Oh, and another one... Because my dad would make us kids leave the room if a 'scene of the adult persuasion' came on, there are movies I haven't seen all the way through. At the top of this list is The Crying Game, which my dad and aunt randomly rented one night. I was young — but old enough to know about the plot twist. Once my dad realized this wasn't your typical IRA flick (which, as Irish-Americans, we were generally encouraged to watch), he told us to leave.

    As the plot progressed, it became clear that we weren't going to be allowed back in. The problem? They were watching the movie in the room where we were supposed to go to sleep. So we fought to stay awake for two full hours. I was tempted to yell, 'His girlfriend is a guy!" to get it over with."

    Erin Donnelly, London contributor

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    "21 Grams. Rented it with my parents one summer during college. It's totally the kind of complicated storytelling we could all enjoy and discuss afterward. Except...that oral sex scene with Sean Penn going down on Naomi Watts. I can actively feel the discomfort of it right now, just thinking about it. Staring straight ahead to avoid any accidental eye contact, but also trying not to look like I was watching super-intently — not easy."

    Neha Gandhi, VP, editorial strategy

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    "I saw Brokeback Mountain in the theater with my mother. During the scene where Jack and Ennis have sex for the first time in their tent, Ennis spits on his hand and then uses it for lubrication. My mom turned to me and said, 'Did you see that? Such ingenuity!' I wasn't really scarred for life because my mom is notorious for her hilarious observations about sex on screen (she famously texted me, 'Did doggie style precede missionary, evolutionarily speaking?' when she watched Game of Thrones for the first time), so it's more just amazing to hear her observations about things we watch."

    Lauren Le Vine, senior entertainment writer