Movies can have completely different meanings when seen through the innocent eyes of a child than those of a more discerning adult. Even when that kid and adult are the same person. Sometimes you re-watch a film and think: That’s what this was about?! Here are some of those movies.
  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Seen as a child: A glamourous woman living in a grand apartment has a fantastic life and falls in love with a handsome man.
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    Seen as an adult: A prostitute in a shitty apartment falls in love with another prostitute.
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Seen as a child: A misunderstood loner attempts to sabotage Christmas by stealing presents from the Whos, who show the Grinch the true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with “stuff” and his change of heart saves the day.
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    Seen as an adult: A grumpy man covered in green fur robs a town of chumps and abuses a small dog. It seems to me that even though the message of this movie is supposed to be that commercialism isn’t the true meaning of Christmas, the Grinch becomes the hero by giving back all the presents. Not that I’m above presents (I’m not).
  3. The Little Mermaid Seen as a child: A beautiful red-haired mermaid finds her true love with the help of a crab whilst being pestered by an evil sea witch.
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    Seen as an adult: A “sixteen-year-old” girl (please, she’s at least 23) literally DOESN’T HAVE A VOICE until a man desires her. Talk about the male gaze at its finest. As Disney movies go this is just par for the course. I mean, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are barely even alive until they each get their “kiss of power.” This is such a b.s. movie premise I kind of can’t believe it’s real. Please, have your kids watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo instead.
  4. The Little Rascals: Seen as a child: a group of boys start a cool club. Girls aren't allowed but one of them breaks the rules for love!
    Seen as an adult: Girls are excluded from an organization based on gender. The only acceptance or screen time they get is by being an object of desire by one of the boys. How funny!
  5. Home Alone: Seen as a child: Wow that kid is living the coolest life ever! I wish my parents would leave me alone so I could fight off some burglars
    Seen as an adult: Wow they are the worst parents ever. How did they seriously manage to leave the country without one of their children? And the burglars? Why didn't they just give up? There are clearly tons of other unoccupied homes. This kid is giving you issues? Just go somewhere else.
    Suggested by @laurenw
  6. Sixteen Candles
    As seen by a 14 year old girl: Cool, somewhat awkward chick has a really shitty birthday, but ultimately gets chosen by the richest, most popular, best looking man of her dreams and her life is perfect. As seen by an adult: Douchebag jock pimps out his obnoxious, obviously drunk beyond reason girlfriend to a horny freshman, to get a pair of panties and a phone number of a girl he’s never even talked to.
    Suggested by @dareya
  7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - seen as a child: a cool guy has an excellent day and a great girlfriend and helps his uptight friend loosen up
    As an adult: an arrogant self-absorbed jerk blows off school and responsibilities and gets his nice friend in trouble because Ferris is a douche. His girlfriend is still great though. (This is the only movie I've gone from liking to hating.)
    Suggested by @cordeliane