15 Movies You Never Realized Actually Have A Terrible Message

If you know anything at all about Hollywood, then I would hope that you know that you shouldn’t be getting life advice from movies. Everything that happens in a movie is fake! Even when it seems realistic, it’s all carefully orchestrated words and scenes that have been re-done to perfection about 15 times. You should never assume that life is like a movie, because it never will be. Personally, I love watching movies exactly for that fantasy. I know that everything is fake, but it’s nice to imagine that it’s not.

There are some movies that obviously offer really bad messages – like every single romantic comedy out there, pretty much. And then there are movies that have better messages, like Mean Girls. But some movies have bad messages that we never even think about. Thanks to this Reddit thread, now you will. Here are 15 movies you never realized have terrible messages. 

Which movie do you think sends the worst message? Which movie do you disagree about? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments!


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  • Jesus Buddha

    If this was on paper I’d use it for asswipe

  • William Greeson

    Sigh…this is the dumbest crap I’ve ever read:
    Cinderella: The message isn’t about the Prince at all, he’s barely there as it’s told to you earlier that he’s a serious man with serious jobs all around him. They give him enough development to make him seem like the ideal guy, because Cinderella goes through so much hell and never gives up on her positive attitude, so she gets to have the best possible ending. Guy she loves, rich, powerful, and kind of awesome. The disney version of this story is fine, for really disturbing messages read the brothers grimm version where Cinderella has her sisters wear scalding hot shoes and dance themselves to death…

    Goofy Movie: It’s not cool, but when your dad is Goofy(aka, a clumsy, possibly stupid oaf that you end up not wanting to become) it makes sense that this moment will come at some point. Now Goofy is the sweetest, and he’s not supposed to be dumb…just “Goofy”(Thus his name.) So Goofy does the work necessary to get his son back in his graces. This may not be fair, but tough. It’s called HAVING KIDS. I think his son is fairly realistic in this portrayal(As Donald Glover has stated, he feels worse for people having a kid than people with AIDS, since having a kid is more traumatic, more expensive, and doesn’t even bother killing you when it uses you up….:p)

    Mrs. Doubtfire: I don’t even like this one, but it IS PG-13, and he ISN’T rewarded. He just gets a little help from his ex-wife who doesn’t want him dead or in prison, so he finally gets the ability to see his kids. He did NOT go about it in a good way which the movie points out.

    Iron Man and Batman: Whoever came up with this idea is a FUCKING MORON!!! It’s COMPLETELY missing the point. In Batman you have a man faced with a corrupt world who lost his parents to that corruption. However, Batman trains himself to be the best. Best detective, best fighter, best engineer, best scientist…the best. He then uses his influence to step away from the crowd and try to do something about it. In this case, Batman is born into a role and tries to live up to what he believes are his responsibilities with his inherited Power. Iron Man is similar in he feels distant and bitter about his career. He has no interest in selling weaponry so he distracts himself with drugs and booze until he’s challenged and comes back deciding only he can change things, to GREAT opposition and the risk of his own mortality, that of his loved ones, and his reputation.

    Point here is what rich people do that? The super hero ones who represent the best people like that could be. I’d love to have real Tony Starks and Bruce Waynes running around but…not holding my breath.

    Beauty and the Beast: Sigh, another one not my favorite, but not from this perspective. The original fable doesn’t hae Gaston so the “villain” was the beast and it’s written to convey that until his eyes are openned by the daughter of the merchant he kidnapped. She at first plays him down but after living with him they…NATURALLY FALL IN LOVE!

    This was already touchy so disney felt like they needed to add more. They didn’t want to make a movie that said “Hey girls, date that abusive ass until he turns nice! Gonna happen!” so they added Gaston, and made the side characters cursed members of the Prince’s castle. So neither of the main characters had much interest in actually falling in love, since he’s stuck with a complicated curse, and she had no choice but to go there. It’s a desperation plotline, and I think it pulls THAT much off.

    Incredibles: This is where I stopped. It’s not a message on “natural talent” but instead a message about not feeling guilty about being gifted, which is a pretty good message for kids since kids can be scared to explore their options, even when they love something, due to jelly haters.

    I stopped reading the list at Incredibles because I’m sorry, none of these are funny and they just represent so much negativity. Also, some of the ones on this massive list are STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!!!!

  • Bobbi D

    come on now who would take advice from a movie like i watched each an every movie on that list and when your a kid you don’t watch American Pie, Pretty Woman, Grease, Mrs.Doubtfire and the rest of the pg 13 movies on there.THAY ARE MADE FOR 13 YEARS OF AGE AND UP sooooooo don’t expect the kid movies to be all grown up and make sense because THEY ARE KIDS and who ever made this page thing LAY OFF KIDS WILL BE KIDS Also someone tell me why do kids need to know the life lesson in those kid movies if there 1 to 6 years old.

  • Barbara Grkigio

    It’s not a case of the Prince not remembering the girl he danced with all night. He is a prince and is too important to look for her himself. Luckily for him she had the tiniest feet because he never would have found her otherwise.

  • Bill

    “I haven’t seen some of these movies but some people on Reddit said they were bad so I’m agreeing with them because Reddit is the best place to find valid information.”

  • Kelsey

    I know it’s been said, but MU and Goofy Movie shouldn’t be on here. The reasons have already been given. Also, Hunchback shouldn’t either. For one, it’s based on an old novel, and if I remember correctly, in the original Esmeralda is actually scared of him, which she isn’t in the movie. The message is NOT that he shouldn’t go for the pretty girl. The message is to not judge someone based on looks. Also, in the sequel, he DOES get a pretty girl.

  • Nicole

    I think that in Beauty and The Beast the Beast turns into a hot guy in the end as a way of showing people that when you are in love with someone they become beautiful in your eyes regardless of their appearance

  • Cyan (disneyprincess)

    Still. Some of these movies are still classics and wonderful.

  • nerdygirl

    All of these messages pulled from these movies are absurd. I know that in the Breakfast Club the jock didn’t like the punk girl only after she changed the way she looked. He liked her waaayy before that. He told her you look so different. She began to panic and he said no different is okay. And in Grease, Sandy nor Danny changed their personality. Danny changed the way he acted to make up for being rude and Sandy changed the way she dressed to show Danny I can be bad too

  • ZoZo

    I think that the real message of MU is not really that looks determine everything, but that sometimes what you thought you would be and what you end up being can be totally different things, and that that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Look, Sully expected to be the big man on campus, Mike wanted to be a top Scaring student. It didn’t work out quite that way for either of them, and they ended up quite happily as mailroom workers at Monsters Inc. And the truth is, there are jobs and positions that you won’t get for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean you can find something that fulfills and enriches your life.
    Everything else, I pretty much agree with.

  • Hi

    Jessica, I love your writing, but the amount of Reddit based articles you’ve been doing recently is getting a bit lazy 😛 I came here for Gurl, not Reddit!

  • Lissa

    A Goofy Movie and Monsters University should not be here.

    In A Goofy Movie, Max finally realizes that lying to your dad and making fun of him is not cool. Reddit user got it all wrong.

    About Monsters University, WTF? I don’t want to ruin the movie, but the message is that you can look for alternative ways to get what you want if the conventional one fails.
    Mike is portrayed as the funny friend and Sully is the attractive one, but they both end up happy.