With the amount of quality films and TV shows being released each month, there isn’t a whole lot of time available to go back and watch films from our childhood. Sure, many of us will flick on a film that we used to be obsessed with every once in a while, but it doesn’t happen as often as we might like. Whenever you do watch a film that you haven’t seen for many years, especially ones that you watched as a kid, something strange can and does happen. Scenes and jokes stand out to you that didn’t before. Even jokes you remember can take on a new meaning. This happens because your adult brain interprets these moments differently than you remember. In many cases, you thought you knew what was going on in these scenes, but you probably didn’t.
We know you’re busy. We also know that you don’t want to miss out on anything. We went through and showed you 15 Scenes From Your Childhood That You Completely Misunderstood, and you enjoyed it. So, we’ve decided to collect even more of those moments. While some of the films on this list are not exactly children’s movies, they are all from films that kids often watch. Your parents likely thought that the humor was childish enough for you to watch. Well, it was, for the most part. The moments on this list were not meant for children, but they probably went over all our heads anyway. So, let’s go back and point out all those jokes we missed or misinterpreted as kids. Here are 15 MORE Scenes From Your Childhood That You Completely Misunderstood…Until Now.
15. The Goonies – One-Eyed Willy
There are so many moments in The Goonies that would not be deemed acceptable for kids today, but we were a different breed back then. Most of the fans of The Goonies relished in the adult humor. It made us feel like kings. For many of us, The Goonies is a movie that we have watched countless times. Still, the fact that the name of the pirate they mention several times in the film, One-Eyed Willy, is a euphemism for a man’s special area was lost on so many of us. Normally, if you heard that name in the real world, you would recognize it for what it is right away. But, perhaps because it was obscured by repetition or we never really thought about it, this was definitely an intended move by the writers of The Goonies. There are plenty of other WTF moments in the film as well, such as how Mikey knows that the statue’s junk is his “mom’s favorite piece.”
14. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – Snozzberries
Everyone knows that Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a twisted movie. Plenty of kids were terrified of it, but many watched it thinking it was an innocent albeit eccentric film. Turns out, it wasn’t innocent. Hell, the guy’s name is Willy Wonka. He might as well be named P.P. Puller. The film was filled with subtle adult humor. The most extreme joke, however, was found in the lickable wallpaper scene. In that strange scene, Willy has his guests lick the flavored wallpaper, saying, “The strawberries taste like strawberries. The snozzberries taste like snozzberries.” So, what are snozzberries? We always assumed they were a mystical fruit. Well, the year before the film came out, the author, Roald Dahl, released an adult novel called My Uncle Oswald. In it, he divulged the secret origin of the alleged fruit.
“There’s only one way when they get violent,” Yasmin said. “I grabbed hold of his snozzberry and hung onto it like grim death and gave it a twist or two to make him hold still.”
13. Josie And The Pussycats – “Backdoor Lover”
In Josie and the Pussycats, the band Dujour was never very subtle about the jokes in their songs, but we don’t think all the kids got what they were really singing about. Take “Backdoor Lover,” for example. Adults know what this is about from the title alone, but kids might have been tricked. Even if they weren’t tricked, they might not have caught all the lyrics. Here’s some of the first verse:
“This kind of love is wrong. But you know it feels so right. Runnin’ my hands across your cheeks. They’re oh so smooth and white.” That’s pretty explicit but look at the second verse:
“You know that I won’t hurt you, So open up and let me in. We love each other way too much. For it to be a sin. Some people use the front door. But that’s never been my way. Just ‘cuz I slip in back doors. Well, that doesn’t make me, hey!” That’s pretty funny.
12. Cars – Freebird
This one isn’t a dirty adult joke, but it’s a joke that most kids would never understand. As Lightning McQueen drives up to the mic to address the crowd in Cars, it goes quiet for a second. In that short space, a car from the back yells, “Freebird.” Anyone who’s ever been to a concert or has seen a concert or anyone stand in front of a microphone before has probably heard this call. No one really knows when this tradition started, but it’s now common practice for people to request “Freebird” from anyone and everyone near a microphone.
11. Ratatouille – Vegetables
Ratatouille has a couple of adult jokes in it, one even made the first installment of this list. For this entry, we go back to the scene in which the head chef catches Linguini talking to Remy in the food pantry. When asked what he is doing, Linguini says, “I’m just familiarizing myself with, you know, the vegetables and such.” The chef then orders him out of the pantry and yells, “One can get too familiar with vegetables, you know!” Basically, for the uninitiated, the chef is referring to those who use vegetables, such as cucumbers or zucchinis in nontraditional ways. Let’s just say these people aren’t using the vegetables to cook.
10. Master Of Disguise – Farting Bad Guy
There’s a running gag in Master of Disguise that means different things to different people. The bad guy in the movie, played by Brett Spiner, laughs a lot. In this film, rather than having a typical bad guy laugh, the big bad’s laughter is always interrupted by a fart. Once he farts, he gets embarrassed. To kids, this is just a funny bad guy who can’t hold in his farts. To adults, we understand it differently. This is a man who hasn’t been able to hold his farts in ever since he went to prison. We’re told that this trait was picked up in prison, so we can do the math on how and why. This is why he’s so mad and embarrassed every time he farts. It becomes an entirely different joke.
9. Robots – Making a Baby
This one isn’t for everyone because plenty of kids got this joke when they first saw it, but the entire first scene of Robots is great for its adult humor. When the robot races his home at the beginning of the film, his wife tells him he missed the delivery of the baby, but then she lifts the box up and says, “making the baby is the fun part.” Aside from the obvious innuendo there, the sensual sax music playing in the background tells us even more. Next, there are several shots of phallic objects being inserted into slots and even some grunting noises. At one point, the guy tries to push two objects together, like two male pieces, which doesn’t work, so the wife corrects him. When they’re finished, the wife is grunting and the guy is yelling “push, push,” simulating a birth of sorts.
8. The Cat In The Hat – Picture Of Mom
The Cat in the Hat is a bad movie. Let’s get that right. But it has some jokes that are pretty decent. We know the one about the garden tools. It’s been played out. But we thought we should include another joke. This scene is the one where the cat sees a picture of the kids’ mom. When the cat picks up the picture, he gawks at it, then he opens it up as if he’s looking at a centerfold. That alone has a bit more insinuation for adults than it does kids, but there’s more. As he does that, his hat grows and his tail extends, showing his arousal. To take it even further, he steals it for later.
7. Phineas And Ferb The Movie: Across The 2nd Dimension – Robot Riot Song
In the Robot Riot song from Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, there are a few robot-related insults thrown around but most of them don’t have any crazy hidden meanings. Most don’t, but one does. In the song, they say, “‘Cause your sister is a fridge and you know her light is always on.” Now, think about that for a second. When is a fridge’s light on? When it’s open. So, suggesting that your sister is a fridge and her light is always on is the same as saying she’s always open which, of course, is another way of saying that your sister is easy. It’s a pretty decent burn, all things considered.
6. Mrs. Doubtfire – Power Tool
Mrs. Doubtfire is a family movie. There’s something for everyone in it, but there is a lot of adult humor. Perhaps our parents just assumed the adult jokes would go right over our heads. Well, they were right. Watching this movie as an adult makes you realize how dirty Mrs. Doubtfire’s jokes were. At one point, when speaking to his ex-wife’s suitor, played by Pierce Brosnan, Mrs. Doubtfire says, “I hope you’re up for a little competition. She’s got a power tool in the bedroom, dear. It’s her own personal jackhammer. She could break sidewalk with that thing. She uses it and the lights dim, it’s like a prison movie. Amazed she hasn’t chipped her teeth.” Maybe as kids we thought he was being literal here about her having a power tool, but we never remembered this joke. That or we just never understood it.
5. Little Monsters – Right Hand
Little Monsters was that awesome movie about Fred Savage finding out that Howie Mandel was a monster that lived under his bed. If you have forgotten about this movie, it’s time to go back and revisit it. It’s great. It’s also got a pretty crazy adult joke in it that we totally missed as kids. At one point, Mandel’s monster character, Maurice, turns his hand into a dog and eats Savage’s homework. Classic joke, right? He then uses some play-on words, saying, “A man’s best friend, his right hand.” Now, imagine this joke in a kid’s movie these days. Parents would riot.
4. Shrek – Personal Tail
Shrek is such a goldmine for these types of jokes. In the last list we did like this, the Shrek franchise occupied two separate entries. Well, it’s done it again. Because both jokes deserve their time in the limelight, we’ve broken them up. The first one comes from Donkey when he is captured by Dragon in the first film. As Shrek is working out how to rescue Donkey, they just keep yammering on. It’s this rambling that masks an adult joke. As kids, even if we heard it, we might not fully get it. So, Donkey is wrapped up in Dragon’s tail and he says, “Don’t do that. That’s my tail. That’s my personal tail. Oh, you gon’ tear it off.” He then says, “Hey, what are gon’ do with that?” So, it’s obvious what is going on here, but we’re so occupied watching Shrek save the day that we never bothered to listen to Donkey’s cries for help.
3. Shrek 2 – White Bronco
Remember in Shrek 2 when the Gingerbread Man is watching Knights on TV, an obvious parody of Cops? Well, in that episode he was watching, the knights are chasing a man on a white bronco. For those of you who weren’t alive or were living under a rock in 1994, O.J. Simpson was involved in a police chase (kind of) while driving a white Bronco. They also made this scene a little more topical when the horse yells out “police brutality,” which connects it to Rodney King and other similar scenes. It turns out that the people being arrested is Shrek and company and most of us remember the catnip joke in the scene, but this other part seemed to slip by us.
2. Muppet Movies
The Muppet movies always had some pretty hilarious adult humor embedded in them, but there were two jokes that caught our adult ears’ attention most, one from Muppets from Space and the other from Muppet Treasure Island. The Treasure Island joke is one that plays on Miss Piggy’s raging libido, a frequent theme in Muppet films. When we first see Piggy and the pirate, Long John, together, Miss Piggy says, “Oh, hello Looooooong John.” Obviously, the emphasis on long is telling us adults something that kids might misinterpret. The other joke, the one from Muppets from Space, is definitely the worst of all. In this film, Gonzo tells Rizzo that he had “that weird dream again.” To this, Rizzo asks, “The one with the goat and the dwarf and the jar of peanut butter?” Now, adults will be able to figure out a punchline or at least the context of this joke, but kids will likely skip right over it.
1. Hook – Name Calling
Remember the dinner scene in Hook, the one where Pan and Rufio call each other names while the other Lost Boys judge the insults like it’s a rap battle? Well, in that scene, Pan calls Rufio a name that most kids don’t really think about. It’s sort of crammed in a long string of insults, so it’s hidden a bit. Well, when you’re an adult, it stands out as strange. He calls him a “Nearsighted Gynecologist.” Even adults have to think about this one. What’s he saying? Basically, he’s suggesting that Rufio has to get real close to his work. If you imagine adding sniffing into the mix, you could probably think of a much dirtier name as a replacement. When Pan says this, the Lost Boys don’t react. It’s not because the two are going back and forth too quickly, but more because they have no idea what the heck the old man just said.
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