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The Steamiest Scenes In PG Movies That Sent Parents Into An Uproar

If we asked you to name a PG movie that is too violent to deserve a PG rating, we're sure you would have no trouble finding one. (*Cough cough* Indiana Jones.) But what about films that sully the good name of PG with sex instead of violence? You'll probably be hard-pressed to name a scene from a PG movie that actually gets steamy. Historically, the MPAA has been much less lenient with sensual content than with violence. After all, "Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!" says "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" with its tongue firmly in cheek. Every now and then, however, something racy slips through the cracks of the rating system.

Some of the films below were written for an adult audience but happened to fall just within the PG threshold. Others weren't given a PG-13 rating simply because they were released before the MPAA created the PG-13 rating. And there are even a few that tried to sneak in some adult jokes, hoping they'd fly over children's heads. We've compiled all the dirtiest PG movies for your reading pleasure.

Jessica Rabbit plays patty-cake

No list of steamy PG movies would be complete without "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" It's often touted as one of the most inappropriate PG movies of all time.

Private detective Eddie (Bob Hoskins) is hired to find out if Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner) is cheating on her husband Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). Not the most child-friendly premise. Eddie gets some photos of Jessica playing "patty-cake" with Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye). It all happens offscreen, but the suggestive voiceover is more than enough to feed our imaginations. Conveniently, when the photos are developed, we simply see Jessica and Marvin playing a clapping game: a literal game of "patty-cake." Roger still freaks out when he sees these photos. To a cartoon character, a clapping game between two lovers might as well be passionate copulation, and the director Robert Zemeckis probably meant to encode it as such. 

That's just one of many sexual references in the film. For instance, when Eddie's old flame Dolores (Joanna Cassidy) notices a suspicious bulge in Eddie's stomach, she says, "Is that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" This is a subtle nod to a suggestive quote attributed to Mae West (according to Quote Investigator), except West used the word "gun" in the place of "rabbit." We gotta admit, this joke is so sophisticated that most kids probably don't notice and take Dolores' words at face value. (Eddie does, in fact, have a rabbit in his pocket.) So at least there's one double entendre in "Roger Rabbit" that might be OK for a PG rating.

Enchanted implicates Giselle in some hanky-panky

While the rumor isn't true that Disney snuck an F-bomb into "Enchanted," the movie still prompts uncomfortable questions that parents really don't want their kids asking.

This is especially true in the scene where Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) goes shopping with a six-year-old girl named Morgan (Rachel Covey). Morgan echoes something her father Robert (Patrick Dempsey) must have told her: Women shouldn't wear too much makeup on a date because men are "only after one thing." Giselle, who knows even less about love than Morgan, asks what that thing is. In response, Morgan shrugs and admits, "Nobody will tell me." We wonder how many parents needed to have the Talk with their kids after watching this scene.

But that's not even the steamiest scene in this movie, which begins when Giselle gets excited. It's not Robert's chest hair exciting her (that won't happen until later). Instead, it's the showerhead, because she's never seen running water before. Don't worry, Giselle is covered by a bath towel, but things start to steam up when Robert's girlfriend Nancy (Idina Menzel) walks in. What follows is a misunderstanding of epic proportions, where the innocent dialogue from Giselle and Morgan coincidentally contains double-entendres that only seem to confirm Nancy's fear that Robert has been shamelessly cheating on her. "The shower is wonderful, Nancy!" says Giselle, with the rapture of somebody who has either discovered the "magic" of running water or else been alone in a room with Patrick Dempsey.

Is it hilarious? Absolutely. Appropriate for kids? Not so much.

Courtney admires a near-naked Mitch in Paranorman

There are a lot of jokes in "Paranorman" meant for adults, including several risque lines. One character complains about hiding from the zombies in a library; he'd much rather hole up in the "adult video store just across the street." Meanwhile, 11-year-old Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) watches an aerobics DVD just so he can ogle at the rear end of the fitness instructor. (His older brother Mitch, voiced by Casey Affleck, is totally onto him and tells Neil to knock it off.) That's two indirect references to porn, which is two more than any parent hopes to see in a PG movie.

Paranorman also has a bit of steamy romance. When Courtney (Anna Kendrick) knocks on Mitch's door, Mitch answers wearing only a bath towel. Since Mitch has Hulk-like pectorals and sculpted abs, Courtney gets a little weak in the knees. She begins flirting with Mitch, even resting her hands on his chest, but Mitch seems too dense to notice. (We later learn, in the perfect punchline to this running gag, that it's actually just because Mitch already has a boyfriend.) The scene ends with Mitch saying he'd better get some clothes on and Courtney whimpering in disappointment.

The body-swapping in Your Name gets a little steamy

Sensuality is pretty rare to find in American animation, but it's actually pretty standard fare in anime. That's because the Japanese consider animation to be an art form that is not limited to kid's movies. However, U.S. distributors of anime sometimes have trouble figuring out who should be their target audience. When "Your Name" was brought over to the States, it was given a PG rating, despite its iffy content.

Whenever Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) and Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) switch bodies, they naturally begin probing the particular body parts that they didn't have before. Taki quickly gets carried away. When he thinks nobody is looking, he reaches down and touches himself through the fabric of Mitsuha's nightie. Mitsuha might also be guilty of feeling up Taki, as well. Whenever she wakes up in Taki's body, she probes the crotch of her pants, curious, and the next shot shows her scrubbing her hands. We think we know what that means, though we're not sure kids would piece it together. 

Although this situation quickly becomes a running gag, the film never gets too creepy. In fact, the director Makoto Shinkai pokes fun at Taki's behavior; Mitsuha's kid sister pokes her head in and says, "You sure do like your own boobies!" Plus, after the two finally meet (and fall in love, naturally), Mitsuha finds out what Taki has been doing. Taki insists "it was just the one time," and Mitsuha cries, "How many times isn't the issue!" The pair kiss and make up after that incident, and we hope they had a healthy talk about boundaries.

The live-action Scooby-Doo gets rather dirty

If you want an example of how NOT to do a body-swapping gag, just look at the live-action version of "Scooby-Doo." While the joke in "Your Name" is no more kid-friendly than the one from "Scooby-Doo," at least it is done subtly and tastefully. Unfortunately, the steamy scene in the 2002 film "Scooby-Doo" is neither of these things.

In Scooby-Doo's first foray into live-action, most of the characters are possessed by demonic spirits, until only Shaggy and Scooby can save them. Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) manages to free his pals' captured souls, but he accidentally sends each of them into the wrong body. The moment Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) realizes he ended up in Daphne's body, he announces his plans to look at himself naked. Velma (Linda Cardellini) makes a disgusted face, and most of the parents in the audience are probably doing the same.

As dirty as this is, it could have been even worse. The deleted scenes from the "Scooby-Doo 1 & 2 Collection" DVD release suggest that there's more adult content that almost made the cut. In one scene that never made it into the movie, Velma gets drunk and begins singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, wiggling suggestively. Another deleted scene shows a scantily-clad Velma (this time under the influence of demonic possession instead of alcohol) dancing on a locker-room bench. The director said he wasn't sure why his screening groups made such a big deal about the scene, since Velma was clearly in a bathing suit instead of her underwear. 

To spare yourself the sordidness of "Scooby-Doo," we recommend "Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island" instead. 

Dragon can't keep her hands off Donkey

The "Shrek" movies are crammed with jokes, puns, and pop culture references that only parents will appreciate, so it's no surprise that they manage to sneak in some risque humor, too. 

In one scene, the villain Farquaad (John Lithgow) installs the Magic Mirror in his bedroom, so he can essentially watch TV in bed. But there must not be anything good on. Farquaad, apparently, has nothing better to do than play the "dating profile" of Princess Fiona on loop. Parents will no doubt notice that Farquaad seems to be pleasuring himself under his zebra-striped bedspread. And really observant fans might also spot the folding screen behind Farquaad, which depicts a version of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" with Farquaad in place of the naked goddess.

There's another steamy scene in the movie. Donkey (Eddie Murphy) flirts with Dragon to keep from getting roasted, but soon discovers he might have just traded the frying pot for the fire. Nothing is more awkward than trying to figure out how to say "no" to a prospective lover who can swallow you in one gulp. Dragon is just about to nuzzle Donkey in a very sensitive spot when Shrek crashes the party. Although Donkey and Dragon's relationship becomes consensual later in the movie once Donkey has had some time to process his feelings for the giant pink reptile, this moment is still awfully uncomfortable for a PG movie.

Ghostbusters narrowly avoided a PG-13 rating

Had "Ghostbusters" been released even a month later, it might have gotten a PG-13 rating, but the PG-13 rating didn't even exist until the month after "Ghostbusters" hit theaters. In spite of this, the film gets so steamy it's a wonder the screen doesn't fog up.

For example, when Ray (Dan Aykroyd) is lying in bed, a female ghost inexplicably appears and unzips his pants. The movie then shows a closeup of Ray's face while he is getting physical with this spiritual being. Parents will no doubt dread the moment when their kids ask them why Ray is thrashing around. (Some of us here at Looper remember our parents covering our eyes during this particular scene). We never see the frisky ghost again, which raises some interesting questions. Was she a malicious specter that escaped from their ghost containment facility? Or was she just a very friendly ghost who made regular visits to Ray?

"Ghostbusters" takes an even more sensual turn whenever Dana (Sigourney Weaver) is possessed by an otherworldly being named Zuul. When Peter (Bill Murray) finds her like this (and takes it surprisingly well), Dana/Zuul tries to seduce him. Why, exactly, is unclear. We're not sure if this is part of Zuul's evil plan or the filmmakers were just looking for a reason for Sigourney Weaver to straddle Bill Murray. Either way, this moment is not exactly appropriate for kids. 

Parents are no doubt exhaling in relief the moment this risque scene ends — at least until Rick Moranis starts running around shouting, "I am the Keymaster!"

Hana sleeps with a werewolf in Wolf Children

"Wolf Children" is a visually stunning anime about a single mother raising two werewolf kids. Unlike your typical PG movie, however, "Wolf Children" doesn't try to hide where babies come from. It contains a tender but startlingly erotic moment that probably should've earned it a PG-13.

When the sequence in question begins, Hana (Aoi Miyazaki) has already been dating the werewolf (who is never given a name), not even knowing that he can turn into a wolf. One night, he stands her up; she spends hours waiting before he finally appears. By way of apology, he shows her the real reason he got held up. (When you're in a wolf body, it can be tricky to transform back into a human in the middle of the city.) It's a secret that he's never shared with anyone before because he was terrified of what they'd think of him.

Touched by the way he bares his soul to her, Hana decides to forgive him. She loves him, werewolf or not, and they both agree to spend the night together. The movie gives us a brief glimpse of a bare-shouldered Hana embracing her werewolf boyfriend. But before things get any more intimate, the camera fades to black. Instead, we are shown a glittering night sky and (thankfully) asked to use our imaginations.

Chel gives Tulio a sensual back rub

"The Road to El Dorado" was originally intended to be a PG-13 film. But DreamWorks later decided to make the film more kid-friendly, says the Los Angeles Times, which meant making the romance less steamy and swapping Chel's costume for a less revealing one (the final version is still pretty revealing, though). 

Despite the cuts, there is still plenty of grown-up content in "The Road to El Dorado" to make parents uneasy. Whenever Chel (Rosie Perez) is alone with Tulio (Kevin Kline), she begins massaging his shoulders. Tulio is hot for Chel and she knows it. But Tulio holds back, knowing that if he gets distracted for even one moment, his scam to pose as a "god" will fall apart. He intends to get out of El Dorado before worrying about romance. Chel isn't content to wait. In fact, she seems to enjoy having Tulio wrapped around her finger. "Too bad," she says, "I'm free now." Poor Tulio is unable to resist.

In the next scene with the couple, they are doing something we can't believe managed to make it into a PG movie. Although Tulio and Chel are both cut off by the bottom of the screen until they sit up, it doesn't take a genius to guess what position they must have been in.

Spink and Forcible are burlesque performers

In "Coraline," the characters Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Forcible (Dawn French) might have waltzed in off the set of "Cabaret," a PG-13 movie. Both characters live in the basement-level apartment of Coraline's home. Spink and Forcible are two retired thespians (and lesbians, or at least that's how they were intended to be in Neil Gaiman's original book by the same name). Although the pair are not as sprightly as they used to be, they clearly had quite an exciting career when they were younger. Judging by the faded theater posters on their wall (with titles like "King Leer" and "Julius Sees-Her"), Spink and Forcible probably didn't star in very kid-friendly productions.

Coraline (Dakota Fanning) is even given a glimpse of what one of their old shows might have looked like. Instead of parodying Shakespeare, however, this performance alludes to Greek mythology. Miss Spink poses against a backdrop that is clearly supposed to represent Odysseus and his men sailing past the Sirens. Underneath her scaled bra and fake mermaid tail, Spink wears only a pair of bloomers. "She's practically naked," Coraline hisses, in case viewers haven't noticed. But if Coraline thought Spink was scantily clad, that's nothing compared to Miss Forcible. She is dressed (or rather, not dressed) like Venus from the famous Botticelli painting, with only some carefully-placed seashells to spare viewers from full-frontal nudity. (All Coraline can say to this is, "Oh my God!")

We suppose that the only reason this moment got through the PG bottleneck was because it was played for laughs, not titillation. 

A hitwoman tries to seduce Inspector Clouseau

Don't confuse this edgy detective-movie satire with the cute Saturday morning cartoons. The beloved animated character originated as a throwaway character in the opening credits of the live-action film "The Pink Panther," which was meant to be a dark comedy aimed more at adults. The cartoon feline later spawned his own animated TV series for kids, but the live-action Pink Panther films are definitely not for kids, despite their PG rating.

In the third live-action film, "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," the villain sends out assassins to take out Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). Yet, somehow, Clouseau miraculously evades the assassins by sheer luck, and they all end up killing each other — except three. The first surviving hitman unwittingly kills the second hitman (who had the bright idea to disguise himself as Clouseau in order to get into the Inspector's hotel room). The assassin then leaves, believing his work is done. A third assassin — a hitwoman named Olga (Lesley-Anne Down) — is waiting in Clouseau's bed preparing to kill him. Yet when she sees Clouseau (the real Clouseau, that is), she decides she would rather sleep with him than kill him.

Eventually, Clouseau notices that there's a complete stranger in his bed. Olga invites Clouseau to sleep with her, but he politely declines. He excuses himself so he can call the police. Olga chases after Clouseau because she has disobeyed direct orders and put her own life on the line to spare him, and he hasn't said so much as "thank you." However, Clouseau is more worried about stopping his archenemy, so he pushes her away, even after she opens her fur coat and hugs Clouseau's face to her bare chest (yes, really). The film never shows anything more explicit than the silhouette of Olga's naked body in the dark room, but even that leaves viewers feeling a little bit dirty.

Happy Feet made some parents very unhappy

Usually, Common Sense Media is spot-on with determining age-appropriate content, but they must have overlooked something in their review of "Happy Feet." The film is littered with suggestive lines that upset some parents. Maybe this shouldn't come as a surprise, since the movie was directed by the same director as "Mad Max."

In the hands of a different director, the Emperor Penguins in "Happy Feet" would have only sung cute, Disney-style lyrics. Instead, the characters perform real-life pop songs, including several that contain innuendo. The hero's parents sing a sultry rendition of "Kiss" by Prince, while another character sings "Let's Talk About Sex" (except he substitutes the word "sex" with "eggs," because, y'know, he's a penguin).

As well, the five Adelie Amigos (who are largely gratuitous to the story) make a lot of lewd remarks and gestures (also gratuitous). Lovelace can also get dirty at times. He narrowly dodges an F-bomb, telling his audience to "Go f...orth, and multiply!" But unlike the Adelie sidekicks, Lovelace is played as a flawed character and the film actually acknowledges he's annoying, so his portrayal is more understandable.

The steamiest part of the movie involves Lovelace and his harem. (Yes, he has an actual harem.) Lovelace never explicitly uses that word, only mentioning that he will be returning to his "couch of perpetual indulgence." But it's not like he could be referring to anything else whenever he turns to his entourage of giggling ladies and asks, "Who's first?" Still, never let it be said that "Happy Feet" didn't warn you. Lovelace's first line of dialogue is a "warning for the audience," insisting any ladies present should "avert [their] eyes."

In Mouse Hunt, Lars is naked when he meets his ex-wife

"Mouse Hunt" contains the most bizarre stripping scene (and probably the only stripping scene) of any PG movie.

To be fair, main character Lars Smuntz (Lee Evans) doesn't set out to take off his clothes. Rather, he's just trying to start up the machinery of his father's string factory. Lars' wife has kicked him out, and he'll be sleeping in the street if he doesn't get some money fast, so he thinks it's a good idea to single-handedly run the factory. Yet a loose thread from Lars' jacket gets inserted into the string-making equipment, and he doesn't notice until his jacket starts to unravel. Somehow, while Lars is trying to free himself, he manages to snag his pants, his sleeves, and his tie on the machinery, until his clothes are reduced to tatters. Pretty soon the string-making machine dumps the remains of his clothes (rolled neatly into balls of yarn) onto the conveyor belt.

That's where things get a little steamy. While Lars is using the balls of string as a makeshift fig leaf, his ex-wife April (Vicki Lewis) enters the factory (having changed her mind about the breakup). Making love is the last thing on Lars' mind, but when April sheds her fur coat, his priorities change a little. The camera cuts to a close-up of Lars's ankles as he releases his balls of yarn and surrenders his dignity. We never get to see what exactly Lars and April do, but the painting hanging on the wall makes a face of dismay, which tells us everything we need to know.