30 Shocking Inappropriate Scenes That Sneaked Into '80s Family Films

By Jack Ripley | November 22, 2023

All Dogs Go To Heaven - The Hell Sequence

Ah, the '80s — a decade of big hair, even bigger shoulder pads, and some of the most unforgettable movies of all time. But amid the shopping montages and funky fashion, there were a few, shall we say, "cheeky" scenes that left parents gasping and kids giggling with glee. Whether it was the unexpected flash of skin in a supposedly innocent comedy, a steamy encounter that left us all hot under the collar, or a hilariously risqué innuendo that flew over our young heads, these R-rated moments were the secret ingredients that spiced up our favorite family flicks. So, come along on this tantalizing time-travel adventure, as we reminisce about the most scandalous, surprising, and utterly delightful R-rated moments that had us all wondering, "Did they really just show that in a family movie?" Let's get ready to embrace the unexpected, and dive headfirst into the naughty nostalgia of R-rated moments in Family-Friendly '80s Movies!

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(United Artists/MGM/UA Communications Co.)

All Dogs Go To Heaven, with its lovable characters, catchy songs, and heartfelt moments, is remembered as a childhood favorite by many. However, some parts of this animated film are not so lovable - in fact, they're downright scary - particularly the hell sequence. In this scene, Charlie, our German shepherd protagonist, falls asleep and experiences a nightmarish dream where he is transported to a hellish landscape. He finds himself surrounded by monstrous creatures and tormented by terrifying visions. Flames engulf the screen, and the eerie, unsettling atmosphere creates a sense of unease as a demonic figure taunts and threatens Charlie. The entire sequence is a stark departure from the rest of the film's lighthearted tone, t's hard to deny that the imagery might be too much for some young viewers. Woof!

Stand By Me - The Blueberry Pie Scene

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(Columbia Pictures)

In the coming-of-age story Stand By Me, Gordie Lachance, played by a young Wil Wheaton, tells a campfire tale to his friends: the legend of Lardass Hogan, a put-upon boy constantly ridiculed for his weight. In Gordie's tale, Lardass enters a local blueberry pie-eating contest, determined to enact a little poetic justice. To visually depict the scene's climactic moment, known as the "Barf-o-rama," a combination of practical effects and good old-fashioned movie magic was used. The filmmakers crafted a mixture of large-curd cottage cheese and blueberry pie filling to simulate the... well, let's call it the "projectile consequences" of Lardass's revenge. It was a tricky sequence to shoot. It required perfect timing, a stomach for mess, and a willingness from everyone involved to dive headfirst into the outrageousness of the scene. And it paid off: The spectacle was as visceral and chaotic as the story Gordie was telling.