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Have You Ever Been Caught By Your Parents Watching Something You Weren’t Supposed To?

By Nadia Chaudhury | Parenting | June 4, 2014 | Comments ()


When I was young, my brother, sister, and I would consume all things kid-friendly on television: Nick, SNICK, the Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, TGIF. And like any child who’d later in life Google what Steve from Full House looks like shirtless, there were things we wanted to watch that weren’t parent-approved. But we did it anyway. What my parents didn’t know couldn’t hurt ‘em, right? We learned how to do the “Happy Happy, Joy Joy” dance from Ren & Stimpy, what a wallaby was from Rocko’s Modern Life, and even what TOTALLY REALISTIC downtown New York City life was like from Friends (my dad thought it was too grown-up for us). Parents, though, always have a way of finding out.

We were watching the South Park where Mr. Garrison is working on his erotic novel, . My dad walked into the living room mid-episode, and my brother quickly muted the TV. Something that looked animated couldn’t appear raunchy, right? Well, that’s when Matt and Trey decided that a voiceover reading Mr. Garrison’s epic words wasn’t enough—they also needed to show the dirty words themselves, which my dad could obviously read. I can’t recall the exact phrasing, but considering The Valley of Penises contains over 6,000 instances of the word “penis,” you can probably guess. He was not pleased and immediately turned the screen off and walked out of the room without saying a word.

Then there was the time us kids were watching The Royal Tenenbaums, which is still one of my favorite movies. My dad once again proved he had a knack for knowing the exact wrong (or right, depending on your perspective) time to walk in: it was during Margot’s history montage, and at that moment, it was when she was exploring her lesbian side. Couldn’t he have just seen Buckley instead? (RIP Buckley.) Again, TV off, no words exchanged, shameful looks between siblings, all because of that GOOPy rascal Gwyneth Paltrow.

Has this ever happened to you? Did your parents ever catch you watching something you weren’t supposed to? Was it Basic Instinct? I bet it was Basic Instinct.

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  • RobynRobotron

    I can't remember a time when my folks caught me watching something I shouldn't have. But, maybe that's because I'm fucking old. I was 19 and living in my own apartment when South Park first came on the air, the idea that people who were kids when Garrison wrote his erotic novel are writers makes me feel ancient.

  • I used to sneak out of bed and crouch behind the couch to stealth-watch Married with Children. Then I tried the same trick with Jagged Edge and burned my metaphorical cookie-jar paw badly. No sweet dreams for a while. My parents never caught me that I know of, but they were pretty savvy (or I'm the world's most inept criminal).... that Jagged Edge incident may have been engineered.

    PS - I do hope Mr. Garrison's editor corrected that title. The Valley of Penisiae, according to my Louis CK dictionary.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I was in my late teens or early twenties and hanging out with the folks one friday night. I think it was the holidays? Anyway, my Dad who had notoriously bad taste in movies had rented Mighty Aphrodite. I made it about 15 minutes into the film - and the first time Woody Allen goes to Mira Sorvino's place and sees the man bleeping a sheep clock, I just pulled the plug. My parents finished the film and I've never seen it to this day. Frank sex comedies (especially by Woody Allen!) and parents don't mix.

  • ELee

    My stepfather was the worst about this. Not only did he have a radar when it came to questionable scenes in movies, but he was also notoriously intolerant of anything remotely risqué. As soon as anyone swore or said anything dirty, he would turn off the television and ban the program from the house forever. I remember the one that freaked him out the most was the scene in Big when Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins are kissing and he touches her breast. I could feel my stepfather's presence, and I swear to god that scene lasted an entire hour. Needless to say, I didn't see the end of the movie until I was an adult.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    My dad walked in on me watching the sex scene from Monster's Ball a few years back, but he was really only upset that his 36 year old son still lived at home.

  • Berry

    My mom the commie didn't want us watching anything remotely "American", but she died before I got old enough to really rebel against that. We used to watch The Bill Cosby show together though. My dad and step-mom tried to limit our TV watching, but at some point they just gave it up as a bad job. They then developed a habit of walking by the TV and making really judgmental "hmph" noises whenever we watched something they considered trashy. I remember my step-mom giving that treatment to Strange Days, even telling me I wasn't as intellectual as I thought if I enjoyed such violent trash.

    But I also remember watching Emmanuelle alone, with the volume turned really, really low, so as not to get caught.

  • mcat_05

    1. Got "caught" watching cruel intentions - and of course it was SMG making the bet with Sebastian and being molest-y
    2. On an equally awkward note - walked in on my parents watching nip/tuck.....

  • Emily Smith

    My dad walked in RIGHT when SMG said "you can stick it anywhere". He left the room without saying a word.

  • muscleman

    When we first got HBO, I was watching "The Tin Drum" and my mom walked in right during the rape scene....she said nothing and left....the next night, I was watching "The Night Porter" and sure enough, during the rape scene, there she was....she just looked at the screen and walked off.

  • Estrella

    At a sleepover in grade 8 we were watching American Pie in my friend's basement, and her conservative Christian mother totally snuck downstairs to "check on her laundry" and overheard the "I'm cumming! I'm cumming!" scene. Let's just say it did not go so smoothly in real life as it does at that scene in the movie.

    Not quite the same, but equally as funny is how my mom would always react from another room if she could hear any kissing/sex noises. And the time I was watching something where a man was knocking a wall down with a sledgehammer and all you could hear was "Ugh!" *bang* "ugh!" *bang*, so cue my mom yelling from the other room, "What are you watching in there?!" all outraged-like.

  • beletseri

    My dad got it into his head that south park was making me too sarcastic, as a 15 year old I don't think I could have possibly been more sarcastic if I had tried.Anyway, my dad comes down catches me watching South Park and he's all "you shouldn't be watching this, it's inappropriate" yada yada. I don't remember what episode this was but it was a good one because in the middle of his rant he starts busting out laughing, and then still tries to continue his diatribe against South Park while laughing. After that I pretty much got away with watching whatever I wanted.

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    Never got caught, but the biggest fight I've ever had with my mom, to this day, was over the fact that she wouldn't allow me to watch Pretty Woman with my friends (who had all seen it). I wouldn't speak to her for a week. I was 14, and my family is pretty religious. I went to a friend's house for a sleepover and we sneak-watched it, and then I nearly died of guilt, cus that's the kind of kid I was. I wonder if she even remembers that? It's so tame by today's standards!

    Another friend and I sneak-watched Basic Instinct, and covered it up by quickly shoving an old, worn copy of Beaches into the VCR when we heard her parents coming home. Ahhh, early 90s, you were such a glorious time for us all. Bette Midlers for everyone!

  • manting

    My parents caught me watching "A Serbian Film" and then they sat down and watched it with me. We followed it up with Cannibal Holocaust and Tokyo Gore Police. Then we had ice cream.

  • LwoodPDowd

    Not video, but when I was 8 or 9 my friends and I found a lower end gentlemen's magazine (oui, cherry or swank I think) in a bag hidden out behind school. After ogling it for a while we each took a favorite page or two and left it back where we found it (didn't want to deprive other budding perverts too much). I stuffed mine the the big inner pocket of my puffy snow vest so I wouldn't have to fold it much. My mother found it about a week later. I got a lecture on treating women with respect and a book I think must have belonged to my older sisters on what a what a girl going thru her period can expect and what is happening to her body (from a girls point of view). A couple of years later my grandmother would find the book on a girls period and think it was porn.

  • narfna

    Friends and X-Files. My mom was convinced both would put bad thoughts into my head. I had to tape X-Files while pretending to watch another channel and then secretly watch the episodes at 2 AM with subtitles on while everyone was asleep. Or watch the reruns on FX at 1 AM. Or take the tiny black and white antenna TV into my bedroom and shove a towel under my door to muffle the sound. That TV was ancient, like from the 70s. I remember I was watching it on the tiny TV the night we found out Scully was pregnant. Somehow watching it that way made it even better.

  • MisterMJ

    I was watching some late night Comedy Central stand-up while visiting the 'rents (during my college years). My grandma - doesn't speak a stitch of English - was also up and sitting on the couch next to me. You know, just to hang out, do some knitting, and nothing-needs-to-be-said bond with her grandson. Yup, Jamaican drums and voila ... Girls Gone Wild commercial. Remote control was beyond reach. Just went on and on. Blurred boobs after blurred boobs ... probably the most awkward 30 seconds I've spent with grams.

  • Nick Ahlers

    My grandma ran a daycare out of her house and rented Look Who's Talking to show the kids. The opening scene, if you'll recall, is sperm racing its way to an egg. One of the kids asked "Are those tadpoles?" and grandma turned it off and sent everyone outside to play/scratch their heads.

  • LexieW

    My dad walked in on me watching the porny bits of Love Actually. Sweet Martin Freeman and the fact that I was 18 notwithstanding, he promptly turned red and told me I wasn't old enough to be watching that.

  • Emilie

    that is my mom's (early-60's) absolute favorite christmas movie. i think she likes how fast the plots move. she's not a very patient person.
    But her all time favorite movie is 3 days of the condor, and i don't remember ever being censored from the implied sex and violence there, so it's possible she's cooler than we thought she was.

  • Salieri2

    I more or less accidentally showed my folks that movie not too many years ago: it had sort of slipped my mind how gloriously, non-stop raunchy it is. In fact, you could make a drinking game out of it by taking a shot every time there's a moment you'd...just rather not watch with your elderly parents.

  • Belladonna Took

    My parents were pretty liberal about what me and my brothers could watch growing up. The only movie I remember being banned from watching till I was older was Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of course by high school I was going to midnight showing at our local movie theatre complete with toast so...

  • VohaulsRevenge

    Something a lot of parents say (my Mom included) is that you always know your kid is up to no good when they're too quiet. My experiences with being caught has confirmed this, sorry to say.

  • JFD108

    My 16 yr olds have the uncanny ability to show up during sex scenes on HBO, Starz, etc. However, they feel the same way about my wife's timing when they are watching HBO, Starz, Etc....

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    Huh...my parents let me have free reign when it came to tv shows. They figured I'd censor myself...which I kind of did.

  • Lillimae

    Yeah, me too. I think they figured I just wouldn't understand most of it, which was true. It took me a looonnnnggg time to figure out what was really going on in Pretty Woman.

  • I kept covering my eyes during kissing scenes when I was little. Somehow it just felt too intimate for small-me to watch.

  • Nadia, I lived that life! I am a master of the channel switch, which was made SO MUCH EASIER by the invention of the "last" button. Friends, Buffy, Just shoot me, and oddly enough General Hospital were my biggest causes for switching. Later I taught my brother the same trick when I showed him 28 days later.

  • Bea Pants

    My parents were pretty permissive but even they had their limits. Once, a friend's mom took us all out too see a movie for her birthday after school. We searched through the paper for a movie (cause that's how you picked out a film in the old days before hitching up your wagon and heading to the moving picture show) and decided on...Basic Instinct. So there we were, in the theater with my friend's very conservative mom, watching the pivotal sexual thriller of the 90s. When I got home and told my parents what we'd seen my dad seemed to think I'd pulled one over on him to go see a sex movie. But in the days before the internet was everywhere, I honestly went into that film completely blind.

  • nick bottom, the weaver

    i did a lot.
    not because of content, though.
    because i would sneak out of bed in the middle of the night to watch a classic monster movie or anything with bogart or flynn on the late, late show.

  • meaux_c_m

    Well, I wasn't not supposed to watch it, but when I was around 13, I was watching Toy Soldiers with a couple of friends. Not long into a scene where the high school boys called a phone sex line, my dear Catholic mum leaped for the remote and saved our poor delicate ears from certain corruption.

    That was a few years before she found my stash of Cosmopolitans, and sat me down to earnestly ask me whether I thought God would approve.

    Dear god, it's a wonder I didn't end up rebelling my way right into a brothel.....

  • Emily Smith

    Oh, you just reminded me of my mum banning me from reading Cosmo or Cleo when I was around 12. I had to go to the library and read them there for years.

  • Leelee

    Back when I was about 11 my mother had met a new friend who she was getting to know. This woman came over our house one day and brought her two daughters. They were about the same ages as my sister and I, so we settled in the living room and put a film on while our mums went elsewhere.
    Our favourite film at that time was Coyote Ugly (don't judge me) so on it went. My parents were happy to let us watch most things, provided that they knew what we were doing and we would have conversations about content if needed. Unbeknownst to my sister and I, the other girls were raised in an extremely strict household, with their mother being a leader in one of the most restrictive Churches in our neighbourhood.

    Obviously she walked in at the exact moment Piper Perabo stripped down to her thong and had sex with Adam Garcia.

    Funnily enough she and her daughters didn't come around our house again after that...

  • L.O.V.E.

    I could site my vast library of pornography sold and bartered beginning at the age of 12, but you qualified the question by limiting it to being caught watching what I shouldn't have been watching, and I maintain I was fully within my rights to watch said videos. So they could just close that door right over there 'cuz L.O.V.E. needs to watch the films for quality assurance purposes before he can put them out in the elementary school market.

  • My father despises all things environmentalism and socialism, so he hated the hell out of Captain Planet.

    He worked odd shifts and was often asleep if he was home while Captain Planet came on, the bedroom was directly adjacent to the living room, and it didn't even have a real door to cut the noise. This was normally fine because my dad has slept through tornadoes, earthquakes, and a skunk spraying under the house. The Captain Planet theme, however, could rouse him out of a dead sleep. He'd shuffle out of the bedroom like a zombie, turn off the TV, and go back to bed without a word.

  • bastich

    I had a bit part in my ninth grade drama club production of "She Stoops To Conquer", and I convinced my mom to rent "Dangerous Liaisons" so I could watch it to "research my role". She walked in right as the scene with nekkid Uma Thurman was starting, and shut it down quick.

    (Maybe my demanding that I absolutely had to watch the movie in the middle of the night with no one around aroused her suspicions a little?)

  • Mrs. Julien

    Was the Comte about to teach her a few latin terms?

  • Nadiney


    We used to stay up late and watch Eurotrash.

    We where so young, we had no idea.

  • Classic

    Oz. My poor Dad. We had HBO and I would sneak downstairs and put it on and keep the sound on 2 and practically be hovering at the t.v. It was the episode when O'Reilly is thrown into the hole and is naked and crazy (FYI Dean Winters has a huge....member) and my Dad walked in during that part and started shouting about me watching porn. I had to say it was a t.v. show on HBO called Oz and my dad was like you are watching porn about characters in Oz...and it quickly went downhill. FYI I am a woman and at the time was 17 or perhaps 18. This quickly devolved into me not having sex until I was married. My poor Dad.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    My father heard me discussing Oz in high school. So he thought he'd check it out.
    Poor guy.
    Afterwards, he said, "Zbornak, you need to think about who you recommend that show to, because someone will call CPS on us."

  • Classic

    LMAO! Yeah I loved Oz. It should have taken home some Emmys. I don't think it ever did.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I can never take JK Simmons seriously in a nice role. I keep waiting for him to call someone "Sweet Pea" and the carnage to begin.

  • Classic

    I know. I mean I love the man in Juno, Up in the Air, Spider-man, etc. But then I think about him raping people on pool tables and I just shudder.

  • Donna SHerman

    Well, there was that time we weren't allowed to watch Power Rangers. I caught my brother at it, but he'd just changed the channel, so I made him admit that he had been watching the show illicitly, and promised not to tell. So he admitted he was watching, and I IMMEDIATELY shouted for the parents. Because 6-year-old me was a little dick.

    We weren't supposed to watch The Simpsons, either, for the longest time, but dad caught us so many times he eventually gave up and started watching himself. Now it's one of his favourite shows, along with Top Gear (he has good taste).

    Otherwise, it wasn't "caught" really, so much as bad timing. I was ALLOWED to watch whatever I wanted, and as a teen, what I wanted to watch was, say, Gray's Anatomy, or Friends, or South Park,. So any time there was a sex scene, or lots of swearing, or a Valley of Penises, THAT'S when my parents would walk in. And they were SO AWKWARD about it. My mom's response was to overshare everything, and my dad's was to pretend nothing had happened, but REALLY obviously. Fun times.

  • Emily Smith

    The Simpsons was banned in my house because Mum was worried my brother and I would pick up all the "bad language". Twenty years later, I swear like a sailor and he doesn't, so I guess she was partially successful.

  • Donna SHerman

    That sounds eerily similar to (read: exactly like) what happened with us...

  • Dumily

    You were a teen when Grey's Anatomy started?!

  • Donna SHerman

    Yes? Does that make me horribly old or disturbingly young? This is the internet. I must be ancient. I was 17 then.

  • Dumily

    Disturbingly young. When Grey's Anatomy premiered, my first thought was, "No way is the 'Can't Buy Me Love' guy old enough to be a doctor, let alone a doctor's boss." I'm old.

  • Classic

    Power Rangers? Really? Did your parents think you were going to go all mighty morphin heh heh. I can see why The Simpsons would be off limits for some parents.

  • Donna SHerman

    To this day, we have no idea why Power Rangers were such a problem. It's the only show other than the Simpsons that I can remember being outright banned in our home.

  • Classic

    Ha! I love it. I will admit the MMPR Ninja episodes were my favorite.

    Ugly ugly birdies in the sky,

    Rangers gonna get you
    Watch the Tenga
    Watch the Tenga
    Watch the Tenga
    Tenga, bye bye!


  • anikitty

    I don't remember but I had a habit of showing my much younger brother inappropriate, for him, things. He was 10 an he never forgave me for Margaret Cho standup. And it's not my fault he came over to my house while we were watching 40 days and 40 nights. He wasn't a big fan of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He should really call first.

  • anikitty

    Repressed memory bubbling to the surface...my mom took me to see About Last Night. She walked out during bathtub sex scene. And came back in when it was over. I was 12 in 1986. Good times.

  • gorge jung

    My mom took me and my older brother to a double feature of Higher Learning and Bad Company. Rape scene in Higher Learning and sex scenes in both. Very uncomfortable at the time. I was 11 and my brother was 12. Im guessing she had no idea what either was really about. I remember me and my brother just wanted to see Higher Learning because Ice Cube is in it.

  • Ben

    Not sure. But I was reading King and Koontz books by the time I was 12. I got in trouble at school for trying to take Carrie out of the library even though my parents had given me permission to read it.

    My mother watched a few episodes of South Park with me and just shook her head.

  • Emily

    Wow... I think we might be the same person about the King and Koontz. My Aunt had me reading King since I was 10 (thank you long weekends as a food carnie!). I can remember picking up her copy of the Green Mile when I was around 11, reading it, AND THEN my Mom reading it on my Aunt's recommendation. It could have been awkward but it wasn't. Instead my Mom took me out of school the Friday the movie came out and we went to see it together. I had forgotten about that but she bought it up a while ago as one of her "favorite memories." I would routinely bring her books to read from the school library and other "adult" books from my Aunt. I would always present them with a caveat to "not make this awkward because this is a great book."

    This is also how I got her on South Park and Key and Peele.

    I love my Mom.

  • nick bottom, the weaver

    when i was in 3rd grade, i had to have a parent come to the library and sign a permission slip for me to check out shakespeare.
    they didn't believe it was appropriate for someone my age and also thought that i wouldn't be able to understand it. they did not repsond well to my pointing out the paradox involved in their arguments...

  • Bert_McGurt

    Which raises the question - why did the library have it if you couldn't sign it out?

  • Ben

    It was a school library that was utilized from Kindergarten to grade 9.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Ah, that makes sense.

  • Nope. My parents practically teethed me on All in the Family and Mel Brooks pictures. My mother took me to the South Park movie in theaters when I was in elementary school. They drew the line at The Exorcist until I was 9 and they just buckled.

    The big take away? They insisted on talking about what I was watching. They taught me to watch tv and film critically and to distinguish reality from fiction.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Caught? No. But when I was in my early teens I discovered some mysterious, unlabeled videotapes in some odd locations (in between the joists in the aptly-named wood room, behind a stack of photo albums in the living room buffet...) for which I soon found new hiding spots. I am quite sure their absence was noticed, but I never heard a word about it because, well, I don't think Dad knew exactly how to approach that discussion. I mean, how could he admit his terrible choices of hiding spots?

    PS: To my great relief, no one I knew was in those videos.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I managed to teach Pater Julien how to clear his internet browsing history under the guise of clearing my own while he was in the room.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Next you should teach him "Private Browsing". I..uh...heard from a friend that it's very effective.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He passed away in 2008. It's a good thing, too, he would have died of mortification if he knew I was telling that story.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Oh, yes, sorry about that, I should have recalled that as I'm sure you've mentioned him in the past tense previously.

  • JL Verde

    Sex and nudity are always scowl worthy in my parents' book.

    In a slight twist, I sometimes forget how prudish my father is and will recommend t.v./movies to him completely forgetting about a graphic sex scene or full frontal (male) nudity.

    The best was when my sister talked him into getting HBO (for Game of Thrones). When he discovered all the shows about sex toys, the HBO was gone immediately.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I was 10 or 11 when Basic Instinct came on HBO. I was watching it, my parents came in the room. If I was older, I would have died, but I was just young enough that I greeted them, because I had some questions about the sex scenes.
    My dad figured I was already an hour into the movie, and we might as well finish it together. So he sat with me and answered my questions.
    After that, my parents had a rule: I could watch what I wanted, as long as I could discuss it with them afterwards. This led to some amazing dinner conversations.

  • emmalita

    There was no watching tv when my parents weren't around until I was much older. So I saw things like Body Heat with them. My dad says that when Kathleen Turner was going down on William Hurt he hoped I was oblivious. But no, I was watching with great interest. My mom also tried to improve my relationship with my dad by making us go see movies together. So my dad took me to see Personal Best. What this means is, I was introduced to fellatio and lesbianism while sitting next to my father. The only thing that keeps it from being ickier is that we did not discuss it at all, ever.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Body Heat, man, that movie was very educational for me.

  • Dumily

    My parents had a similar "you can watch what you want" policy, but without the conversation afterward rule. They were young and hippies when they had us so they would be fine with us watching their movies with them until a specific scene (the gimp anal rape scene from "Pulp Fiction", the piano sex scene from "Pretty Woman") at which point my mom would usher us from the room. The only real problem this created for me was that until I was 20, I firmly believed that "Full Metal Jacket" ended after Vincent D'Onofrio shot the drill segregate and himself in the bathroom at boot camp.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Well, that's where the interesting part of the movie ended.
    The only scene that ever messed me up, ever, was the heart removal scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. For whatever reason, that terrified me and even my father's assurances that it was fake wouldn't soothe me. Robocop, however was fine.
    The only thing I remember not being allowed to watch was Two Women, because my mother didn't want me to see rape at a young age (I think I was around 10 when I became obsessed with my dad's crush, Sophia Loren), but she always thought consensual sex was fine.

  • Dumily

    Oh my god, the ripping out your heart scene. My older step- brother had me convinced that he could do it, and would scare the shit out of me. After I worked up the courage to let him try it and he failed, he convinced me that he just didn't know the right words. The next time I saw him, he said he'd been practicing the chants so it was another six months of running away from his claw hand. Asshole.

    I was also terrified of the librarian ghost at the beginning of Ghostbusters, but insisted every time we watched it that I was tough enough this time. Then I'd start crying hysterically, and my dad would have to fast forward to the Slimer scene to calm me down then rewind back to the beginning, but not all the way to the beginning lest I catch a glimpse of the librarian and then we'd have to start all over again. Good times.

    Now that you mention it, I don't remember ever seeing any rape scenes. So either my mom actually had a method to the send- the- kids- from- the- room madness or those movies have been lost down the memory hole. But definitely I don't remember any "Mom, why are those guys all playing the pinball machine wrong?" moments.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    That chest scene ruined me. I was horrified that someone could do that.
    Robocop? I was fine. Child's Play? Whatever, just a doll. But Duuuuuuude, that ceremony and the beating heart just ruined me for years.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Child's Play ruined my shit more than any other movie as a kid. Dolls in general, were terrifying.

  • Dumily

    Totally. For me it was that I was at an age where I could tell supernatural stuff was fake, but wasn't sure about what sort of physical damage you could actually inflict. Like I knew you could punch someone and make them bleed so I wasn't totally willing to rule out the possibility that you could shove your hand through their chest. The fact that it might be possible was horrifying.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I still haven't seen Basic Instinct. Am I missing anything? (Other than that.)

  • zeke_the_pig


  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Um, It certainly rocked my world at the time.
    I watched it again maybe 5 years ago and I was surprised at how quaint I found the "kinky" sex. That probably says more about me than the movie, but there you go.

  • Bea Pants

    Same. I remember being stunned that a mainstream movie had *girls kissing girls*. Oh, childhood naivete!

  • Halbs

    This seems like a great rule. Easy way to talk about otherwise uncomfortable stuff. Is that how it played out?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    My parents and I had lots of conversations that made other people uncomfortable, but I felt good about it.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I can imagine. I hope it was chocolate ice cream you were having for dessert when the topic of Two Girls One Cup came up.

  • Mrs. Julien

    True story: I was eating a fairly liquid and chunky cup of yogurt the first time I saw the toilet scene in Trainspotting. It certainly added to the experience.

  • zeke_the_pig

    4D cinema. The cutting edge.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It was not the film I would have picked for my first experience of "going to the Feelies".

  • zeke_the_pig

    Hey it could've been worse. It could've been The Mountain and The Viper.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I actually fell asleep during GoT this week and Mr. Julien told me I was lucky.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Lucky' is an understatement. Imagine getting an invitation to the Red Wedding, and then losing it on the way and not being let in. That's more like it.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I once asked my father what happens to sperm during oral sex (I thought it wouldn't come out, because you weren't trying to make babies) at my family's Christmas dinner. Grandma was THRILLED.

  • bastich

    Did your family swear off cream gravy at holiday dinners forever after?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Nah, my family is made of tougher stuff. Or sicker stuff.
    One of those two.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I love your family.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    They're pretty great. Grandma with the vapors included.

  • Salieri2

    Damn, Zbornak, I think you're winning this whole thread.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I feel like my parents won the thread. They would be super excited if they understood internet commenting.

  • Swaimfan

    My older brother "caught" me watching Equus on A&E in the middle of the night. I can't remember if it was at any of the good parts. The sound was way way down. All the lights were off and I was sitting inches from the screen. I remember being really nonchalant "What are you watching?" "Equus."

  • zeke_the_pig

    One time my late father caught me looking at a glass of white wine and gave me a slap. So I looked at a glass of red and he gave me a disapproving look. Finally I looked at a beer and he smiled and I haven't looked back since.

  • Mrs. Julien

    My father had an uncanny and discomfiting ability to walk into the room during soap opera love scenes.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    My dad has "graphic love scene radar". I'm well past the age where he can send me to my room, but if I'm watching something with a sex scene, he will inevitably walk into the room during the most graphic part, look at it, look at me and raise an eyebrow.

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