These movies hit different in 2022 than they did when they were first released.
I think it’s safe to say that our culture has shifted toward being more socially conscious (which isn’t a bad thing).
Have you tried rewatching an old favorite recently and realized it doesn’t quite hit the same with 2022 eyes?
There’s a surprising amount of good, well-loved films that wouldn’t stand a chance if they were released today. And it isn’t just about aging badly, it’s all the different things that have played into our shifting perspectives.
Not all of these films would be big losses, but none of them would make it with today’s sensibilities.
To start, try explaining to anyone who didn’t live it that Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for Tropic Thunder.
Heathers was a dark high school comedy in its heyday, but today it would be seen as a dark depiction of what bullying can lead to.
Waiting would cause outrage and probably lead to a follow-up hospitality exposé or two.
The Squints and Wendy Peffercorn scene from The Sandlot would not be seen as cutesy and romantic today.
Just about every attitude in Bridget Jones’s Diary would get dragged today.
Office Space would, at minimum, be seen as a much darker film.
Everything prior to the last ten minutes of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is high-key offensive to the LGBTQ+ community.
The whole premise of Shallow Hal is the exact opposite of body positive.
Same for Revenge of the Nerds, which was slammed for racism and misogyny when it first came out.
A drunk high school prom queen being passed by her boyfriend to another guy, with the promise she wouldn’t remember? That was, in part, Sixteen Candles, and it totally wouldn’t happen today.
We’ve developed a different attitude about planes since Airplane! first came out.
Pootie Tang was satire but would still be seen as way too much today, and that’s without considering Louis C.K.’s involvement.
What movie could you not see happening in 2022? Would your favorites survive? Talk it out in the comments!