There’s a child in every adult, as some saying somewhere probably goes, and most of us are up for indulging that youthful side by enjoying a kids’ movie now and then. But let’s face it, there’s definitely a whole lot more adult in every adult, and nothing spices up a seemingly innocent film better than a lewd sexual reference or a sleazy bit of innuendo. So, here are 40 of what we think are the finest (or worst) adult jokes to have crept into kids’ movies.
40. Inside Out
In Pixar’s Inside Out, a 2015 comedy about a girl whose emotions are embodied by a panel of creatures, the protagonist moves to San Francisco and is subsequently kept awake at night by scary noises outside. One of the emotions asks if it was a bear, to which another replies, “I saw a really hairy guy once, who looked like a bear.” A bear in the gay capital of America? They’re certainly not talking about grizzlies…
39. Mrs Doubtfire
Robin Williams had a whale of a time barraging Pierce Brosnan with sexual innuendos in 1993’s Mrs Doubtfire. When the two characters are alone at the table, Mrs Doubtfire lists a number of references to the bedroom, including “little Jack Horny,” “Rumple Foreskin” and “bit of the old cunning linguistics.” You’d think James Bond would have had a good comeback…
Regular entrant Cars makes a final “flashy” appearance on this list. Here, a pair of groupies lift their suspensions and give hero Lightning McQueen a glimpse of their lit-up headlights, which are presumably meant to be… breasts? It’s hard to tell, but McQueen’s lecherous look afterward suggests that it’s something similarly naughty.
37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
We know better than to expect subtlety from a Michael Bay movie. But when meeting journalist April (Megan Fox) in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michaelangelo says, “She’s so hot I can feel my shell tightening.” Yes, and the way he delivers it makes our skin crawl. It’s one thing to make a nudge-nudge-wink-wink innuendo, but don’t make it sound like you’re actually doing stuff!