90s Movies That Are Now Problematic Faves
If you ever need proof that we have actually gotten a little bit better as a society, just go back and watch movies from the 90s. Racism, homophobia, and sexism are just running rampant. These are some of the biggest offenders. DISCLAIMER: This is not saying you can't enjoy these movies. They are some of our favorites. But that's why they are problematic faves.
'Never Been Kissed' (1999)
While Josie is a consenting adult, her teacher didn't know that. He thinks he's falling in love with a literal teenage child and is not shy about showing it.
'Can't Hardly Wait' (1998)
A guy is in love with a girl he has never talked to, and now that she's single she is his. That's how he sees it. She doesn't really have a say in the matter according to him. Plus, we've got no main characters of color, but don't worry Seth Green is doing his best white boy acting black. Oh, and don't forget that big homophobic prank the "nerd" is trying to play on the "jock" but ends up having it played on him.
'Cruel Intentions' (1999)
We love when straight girls kiss just to excite an audience. Also, if you can get through all the homophobic and sexist things said in the first 10 minutes of this movie, you've really done it.
'Mrs. Doubtfire' (1993)
The therapy these children would need!!! This is stalking and this man should never be allowed to see his children ever again.
'You've Got Mail' (1998)
Catfishing, but make it romantic.
'American Pie' (1999)
We could go on for days about the sexism and just grossness towards women in this movie. But, we are busy. Also, if you think you can replace a woman with a pie, you don't deserve women.
'Pretty Woman' (1990)
We still have a ways to go with our treatment of sex workers, but this Cinderella story basically says that how much money a woman has determines the respect she should be treated with.
'She's All That' (1999)
Hey, men? Please don't place bets on making a woman do something. That just feels like... common sense and common decency.
'Jungle 2 Jungle' (1997)
The picture says it all. Cringe.
'Liar Liar' (1997)
This one is hard to watch as an adult. The sexism is on full volume.
'The Nutty Professor' (1996)
There's a reason plus-sized people have a problem with skinny people wearing a fat suit to play overweight characters. And it is WELL documented here.
'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' (1994)
Vomiting is the appropriate reaction to a transgender character in this movie. So, we are going to remove it from our rewatch list.