Because gratuitous drugs, sex, and violence are best enjoyed without mom and dad.
This epic 1995 movie (which marked both Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny's first acting roles) exposed the realities of what teenage kids in America's major cities were up to when their parents weren't looking. And the answer, basically, is sex and drugs, and more sex and drugs. And sometimes skateboarding. If you were a child of the '90s, especially in New York, then you knew a lot of kids just like the little monsters depicted here - and hopefully, you were smart enough to spend family night watching T.G.I.F. instead.
Requiem for a Dream
"Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, orange in the evening." No, those aren't the colors of the sky in a Pixar movie; that's just speed freak Ellen Burstyn reminding herself of which methamphetamine pills to take while hallucinating that her refrigerator is alive. And her drug-induced psychosis isn't even as bad as what's happening with Jared Leto and the rest of the junkies in this classic, albeit depressive, movie. In the end, the main characters wind up curled up in the fetal position - which is exactly where you'll be if you make the mistake of watching it with your parents.
Natural Born Killers
Murder for pleasure is the name of the game in this '94 flick, which stars Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as a couple of love-struck psychopaths on a dramatic killing spree, beginning with young Juliette's own abusive parents. Watching it with your parents is bound to make everyone feel weird. On second thought, it might just be the perfect way to break some bad news, as in, "Dad, I crashed your car. But on the bright side, I currently have no plans to murder you!"
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