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Iconic Movies That Didn’t “Age Well”

Several films from the ‘80s and 2000s were widely popular among the audience and a mega-hit for a long time. But after re-watching some of these, they are actually revealed to be more problematic than iconic. Some of the iconic movies that aged badly are:

1. Peter Pan (1953). The bonfire scene where they sing “What Made The Red Man” was a rude stereotype of Native Americans.

Peter Pan (1953).

2. Sixteen Candles (1984). The racist and sexist jokes plus the confinement of sexual assault were anything but classic.

Sixteen Candles (1984).

3. The Breakfast Club (1985) normalized Claire being sexually harassed by Bender. Additionally, the movie also had many offensive homophobic slurs.

The Breakfast Club (1985) normalized Claire being sexually harassed by Bender.

4. Pretty Woman (1990). This movie steered away from the reality of the sex industry. Moreover, the central problem lies in its compliance with stereotypes and toxic masculinity.

iconic movies, Groundhog Day (1993).

5. Groundhog Day (1993). When the manipulative Phil Connors was portrayed as lovable despite all his acts of sexual harassment

iconic movies, Groundhog Day (1993).

6. Rush Hour (1998). Throughout the movie, there was a considerable amount of racist remarks and jokes.

Rush Hour (1998).

7. Never Been Kissed (1999). The inappropriate romantic relationship between Josie and her teacher Sam, especially since he didn’t know she was an adult.

Never Been Kissed (1999).

8. Cruel Intentions (1999). When the step-siblings started betting on taking the virginity of a new girl, it wasn’t reassuring.

iconic movies, Cruel Intentions (1999).

9. She’s All That (1999). While many loved this iconic movie, there was a misogynistic message that women need to change themselves to attract men.

iconic movies, She’s All That (1999).

10. Big Daddy (1999). The shameless way women were judged based on where they work and people with disabilities were mocked.

iconic movies, Big Daddy (1999).

 11. Shallow Hal (2001). Severely criticized as “fatphobic,” – this movie was keen on body-shaming and creating a delusion of perfect bodies.

Shallow Hal (2001), iconic movies

12. Superbad (2007). Again, this movie also glamorized toxic masculinity and homophobia.

iconic movies, Superbad (2007).

13.  In I Now Pronounce You, Chuck and Larry (2007), the way they feigned a gay marriage to commit insurance fraud was just wrong.

In I Now Pronounce You, Chuck and Larry (2007), the way they feigned a gay marriage to commit insurance fraud was just wrong.

14. Hangover (2009). Although a lot of people enjoyed the laughs, this movie was largely offensive for many reasons. 

Hangover (2009), iconic movies

15. Sex and The City 2 (2010). Apart from being tone-deaf, the series also mocked the clothing of Islamic women.

iconic movies, Sex and The City 2 (2010).

16. The normalization of stalking and non-consensual BDSM in Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) 

The normalization of stalking and non-consensual BDSM in Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) 

17. Love Actually (2003). Considered one of the most sexist and offensive holiday movies, it had many fat-biased jokes.

Love Actually (2003). iconic movies

18. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). Alongside the transphobic jokes and sexual insinuation, this movie also made us wonder about the involved animals.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

19. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). The racist and stereotypical portrayal of Asians, especially Mr. Yunoishi.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). The racist and stereotypical portrayal of Asians, especially Mr. Yunoishi.

20. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) disregarded psychological issues and insensitively handled offensive words.

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) disregarded psychological issues and insensitively handled offensive words.

21. Ghostbusters (1984). When Venkman was creepy with Dana in her own apartment.

Ghostbusters (1984).

22. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). The way Christians and Jews were handled is why it was criticized and even banned

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979).

23. The Waterboy (1998). The movie belittled people with disabilities and was also racially insensitive.

The Waterboy (1998).

24. Saturday Night Fever (1977). This movie glorifies rape culture, gaslighting, and misogyny.

iconic movies, Saturday Night Fever (1977).

25. Animal House (1978). The men spied on women getting changed, there was also an instance of statutory rape. 

Animal House (1978).

26. Revenge of the Nerds (1984).  Due to its rape scene and objectification of women, the movie was criticised.

Revenge of the Nerds (1984). 

27. When Grease (1978) showcased women as needing to change to be attractive

iconic movies, When Grease (1978) showcased women as needing to change to be attractive

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