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14 Popular Movies That Honestly Do Not Hold Up Well Today

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It seems some movies do have an expiration date.

We recently asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what older, popular movies are actually very problematic. Here are their most eye-opening responses:

Note: Some submissions include topics of sexual assault.


She’s All That (1999)

Miramax Films

“I used to love the movie when I was in middle school, but it’s super degrading and sexist toward women. The whole makeover trope is so played out and misogynistic. It basically told young girls that they need to change everything about themselves in order to land a man. There’s also a scene where a man tries to assault a woman and it’s played off like a joke. I haven’t been able to watch it again since I was in college.”



Peter Pan (1953)


“That scene around the campfire where they’re all singing ‘What Made the Red Man Red,’ and all of the Native Americans are portrayed with extremely offensive stereotypes. It just disgusts me.”



Love Actually (2003)

Universal Pictures

“I can’t bring myself to watch the movie because I’ve read about the blatant anti-fat bias littered throughout the movie. I have a lot of self-image issues, and movies like these certainly don’t help. I don’t get why so many people loved this movie, when I’m just scratching the surface of its many problems.”



Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Warner Bros.

“It is so misogynistic and anti-trans. And it also makes me wonder how all the animals were treated during filming.”



Big Daddy (1999)

Sony Pictures Releasing

“It was my favorite Adam Sandler movie, but looking back, it was all awful. They all hung out at Hooters but judged the women who worked there, stereotyped the homeless as people who made bad choices, made fun of people with disabilities, and all the women were one-dimensional.”



Sixteen Candles (1984)

Universal Pictures

“Long Duk Dong is an incredibly racist caricature that seemed to add nothing to the film apart from making a cheap and unfunny joke about Asian stereotypes. Then there was obviously the part where it’s alluded to that Ted had raped an intoxicated Caroline. How this film became a cult classic is beyond me. It’s not a product of its time — it’s lazy and irresponsible writing.”



Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

New Line Cinema

“It’s considered more of a cult classic, but the r-word was sprinkled pretty liberally in there.”



I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

Universal Pictures

“I couldn’t get through it.”



Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Paramount Pictures

“The horribly stereotypical Asian character played by a white man. I went to watch it for the first time and couldn’t get through it.”



Shallow Hal (2001)

20th Century Fox

“It came out in 2001 and I watched it recently, and the first thought that came to mind was, ‘This did not age well.’”



Ghostbusters (1984)

Columbia Pictures

“I rewatched it with my daughter recently and did not realize in my childhood just how creepy Bill Murray’s character is with Sigourney Weaver.”



Never Been Kissed (1999)

20th Century Fox

“Look, I remember watching Never Been Kissed when I was younger and absolutely loving it. But when I watch it as an adult, I can’t get over how many inappropriate plot points in that movie actually made the final cut. For example, there’s Rob, a 23-year-old who’s pretending to be a high school student…and then starts DATING a 16-year-old girl. The other super-inappropriate storyline revolves around Josie’s teacher Sam literally falling in love with her, even though he thinks she’s underage. Like???”

Spencer Althouse


Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Cinema International Corporation

“There is a scene with blackface, which is BAD.”



And Superbad (2007)

Sony Pictures Releasing

“Did I cry-laugh when it came out? Yes. Did I quote it to death in high school? Yes. Did I rewatch it recently and spend most of the time with my hand over my mouth in horror at how much the world has changed? BIG YES. So many things wrong with that film and its ‘humor.'”

Turnip Cake Dreams

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

What other popular movies haven’t aged well? Let us know in the comments.

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