Top 10 Movies That You'll Look At Differently Now As An Adult



Top 10 Movies That You'll Look At Differently Now As An Adult

VOICE OVER: Samantha Clinch WRITTEN BY: Jesse Singer
Now that you're an adult, you'll look at these movies differently. For this list, we'll be looking at movies with a grown-up eye. Themes, scenes, and humor that look different with age. Our countdown includes "Clerks," "Grease," "The Parent Trap," and more!

Top 10 Movies That You Look at Differently Now as an Adult

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies That You Look At Differently Now As An Adult.

For this list, we’ll be looking at movies with a grown-up eye. Themes, scenes, and humor that look different with age.

What film do you look at differently now than you once did? Comment below.

#10: “Finding Nemo” (2003)

“Finding Nemo” is about a father’s search for his son, and yet as a child, that ‘father’ part probably doesn’t register the same way it does to an adult - or especially a parent - watching the movie. To a kid, the movie is all about adventure, friendship, close calls, and great escapes. They might also focus on the “overprotective” aspect of Nemo’s father’s character. Whereas, parents watching the movie see Marlin putting himself through danger, doing everything he can to find his child. Unlike Bryan Mills, Marlin might not have any set of particular skills, but that wasn’t going to stop him from getting his kid back.

#9: “Clerks” (1994)

“Clerks” is a very different movie if you’re watching it as an adult - and particularly if you’re an adult who has spent any time working in retail or customer service of any kind. While the movie is funny regardless, the humor hits much more painfully close to home for anyone who has had to deal with customers on a daily basis. The crazy customers, annoying questions, and having to endure it all for minimum wage makes the movie funny to younger people. But the relatability of it all has the added funny-cause-it’s-true bonus for the grownups in the audience. There’s also something to be said for the other side also, as adults have had more experience dealing with awful employees as well.

#8: “Peter Pan” (1953)

We hope this doesn’t ruin treasured childhood memories, but Peter Pan might not be the fun kid who never wants to grow up that you remember. Watching the film through adult eyes - Pan is, to put it bluntly, kind of a brat! He throws temper tantrums when things don’t go his way, and did we forget that it was he who cut off Captain Hook’s hand? That’s more than just a “childhood prank” regardless of what Mr. Smee says. And as an adult, how can you not look at Peter taking Wendy and the kids to Neverland as anything but kidnapping? Luring them with pixie dust and stories of adventure feels kind of like the Disney equivalent of a guy in a van with candy.

#7: “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)

All kids see when watching “Mrs. Doubtfire” - and all they should see - is a dad who loves his children so much he’ll do anything to spend time with them, even if it means dressing up like an old British woman and getting a job as their nanny. However, as an adult, we might want to ask ourselves, why can’t Daniel just be an adult? He didn’t need to become Mrs. Doubtfire to see his kids - not to mention that he also used it to spy on his ex and her new boyfriend. All Daniel needed to do in order to get joint custody of his kids was get an apartment and a job - something pretty much all adults have to do at some point.

#6: “​​Grease” (1978)

“Grease” has been a musical favorite of kids for decades. But watching the film again as an adult, it’s hard to miss all the sexual fervor underlining every hand jive and all those summer nights. Danny is a typical high school dude trying to act cool and brag about his conquests. Rizzo has a pregnancy scare and just about everyone is trying to hook up. The late 70s and early 80s were a high time for teen sex comedies - from “Meatballs” to “Porky’s.” And looking back at it, “Grease” was a teen sex comedy couched in colorful sets and super catchy songs.

#5: “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)

It’s so romantic. After falling in love with his voice on the radio, Annie eventually meets Sam on the observation deck atop the Empire State Building. That mega meet-cute is the part we all remember from “Sleepless in Seattle” and the reason it still holds a place in our rom-com loving hearts all these years later. But, what about what happened before that moment? We seem to forget the part about Annie basically stalking Sam and his son at the beach and at their home? What about the fact that she did all of it behind her fiance's back - not telling him how she felt until just moments before heading off to her eventual meet-cute? Not to mention doing it on Valentine’s Day as well.

#4: “Aladdin” (1992)

As the Genie, Robin Williams does over 10,000 impressions in “Aladdin.” Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but there are a lot of them. And while younger viewers could laugh at the Genie as Pinocchio and learn that camels tend to spit, there were a whole host of impressions and references that most probably didn’t land until one watched the film later in life. Jack Nicholson, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ed Sullivan are just a few of the adult-centric references Williams masterfully incorporated into the movie. And trust us, there are plenty more. Do you trust us?

#3: “The Parent Trap” (1998)

In 1986, Nick and Elizabeth fell in love. They get married and have twin girls, Hallie and Annie. However, shortly after the girls are born, the couple gets a divorce. Hallie stays with Nick while Annie goes with her mother to live in London. Eventually, the two girls meet and discover they’re sisters and decide to switch places in an attempt to get their parents back together. Isn’t it cute how… (record scratch)!! Hold on a second! Did we just casually mention a situation where two parents thought it would be right, and that they would be content, never seeing one of their children again? Maybe as a kid we could look past that. But not anymore.

#2: “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” (1986)

As a kid, who didn’t want to be Ferris Bueller? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone? He was the coolest dude. Lying to his parents, skipping school, and taking his best friend’s dad’s car for a joyride. And getting away with it all. Although, watching the film as an adult, possibly a parent, instead of wanting to be Ferris Bueller, you just hope that your kid isn’t Ferris Bueller - lying to you, skipping school, and stealing cars. And also as an adult, especially in this day and age with the concerns around mental health, one probably sees Cameron’s depression through a much more concerned lens.

#1: “Home Alone” (1990)

We could talk about Kevin’s booby traps. And how some would never have actually worked as well as they did while others probably could have been deadly. But none of that matters because as an adult watching “Home Alone,” there’s really only one thing we’re all thinking. Say it with us… THEY FORGOT THEIR KID! Yes, they had lots of kids and it was really hectic, blah blah blah. And it’s not like they just got into the car without him, or even drove away before realizing it. They got all the way to the airport, boarded the plane, and were in the air before realizing they had left one of their children at home! Then in the second film… THEY DID IT AGAIN!