90s | 80s

7 Movies That Wouldn't Fly If Released Today


These classic films weren't seen as "racy" in their time, and we would have never thought twice about them being anything other than funny. In today's strongly politically correct generation, all of these films would be looked at as extremely offensive and flat-out unacceptable.

1. Breakfast at Tiffany's

Although this is still a classic that we all love, the problem is with Mickey Rooney, a white actor who plays the Asian character, Mr. Yunioshi. With buck teeth and a fake accent, it seems like the filmmakers weren’t even trying to be politically correct.

2. Ghostbusters

This movie has just about everything people would freak out about today: a 75% white male cast, elder abuse (Peter Venkman asks an elderly lady if she’s menstruating), attempted date rape (Venkman carries 300ccs of Thorazine around with him), sexist language, sexism towards the elderly, not environmentally friendly, and possibly being responsible for global warming. There was actually a remake of this movie that came out last year, that kind of turned the scales. The Ghostbusters were all women in the new film.

3. Pretty Woman

This movie tells us that it's okay to pay women for sex, as long as your rich. In this movie, he essentially buys Julia Roberts for more and more time until he eventually makes her his girlfriend. He then tells her how to dress, act and speak. There would be protests if this was released today.

4. White Chicks

White Chicks has a plot line that just wouldn't fly today. They test the limits with gender, race, and even border on a bit of date rapey-ness, and homophobia.

5. Revenge of the Nerds

Not only do they spy on and photograph a bunch of sorority girls nude, and then pass around the pictures later, one of the nerds impersonates a girl's boyfriend to trick her into having sex with him.

6. Mr. Mom

In the age where maternity leave is now paternity leave, and stay-at-home dads are extremely common, I don't think people would take too well to this 80s movie. In this movie, the dad loses his job and becomes "a full time mother." This movie is full of sexism and would never be accepted today.  

7. Crocodile Dundee

This movie would not be acceptable today due to the scene with transphobic abuse. Mick Dundee travels to New York, where he encounters a trans woman in a bar. When he's informed of this, Mick grabs her crotch to make sure, which he also later does to another woman.

What do you think? Did we forget how to take a joke? Or should these movies be completely forgotten about?