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

By Jack Ripley | December 7, 2023

Splash - Daryl Hannah Rarely Wears Clothes

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!

test article image
(Buena Vista Distribution)

Directed by Ron Howard, Splash introduced us to the captivating Daryl Hannah as Madison, the whimsical, enchanting, often unclothed mermaid who steals the heart of Tom Hanks' character, Allen Bauer. Who could forget the steamy, saltwater-filled bathtub scene? In a display of sheer cheekiness, Madison's mermaid secret is revealed to Allen, leaving him completely, and understandably, flabbergasted.

E.T. - The Hospital Sequence

test article image
(Universal Pictures)

In the timeless 1982 classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the audience is taken on an emotional rollercoaster as young Elliott befriends an alien stranded on Earth. However, it's not all heartwarming fun and games, as the hospital sequence is, unsurprisingly, intense and frightening for some young viewers. As the connection between them grows stronger, E.T.'s sickness starts to affect Elliott, and both are taken to a makeshift hospital within Elliott's home. The tension in the atmosphere is palpable, with the innocent protagonists now at the mercy of the adults who are trying to "help" them. The medical equipment, stark lighting, and frenzied urgency of the doctors and nurses create an overwhelming sense of chaos and despair. E.T., is shown lying on a cold metal table, with his skin a ghastly gray color, and Elliott is shown in emotional turmoil - this combination of elements is genuinely distressing for viewers of all ages. Why'd you do this, Spielberg??