Sex, Drugs and Nudity – It’s a family affair

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So, Saturday night we decided as a family to sit down and watch a film together. I decided I would choose the film.

There were two reasons for this, the most important obviously being that, as the resident film obsessive, I was the one most qualified to choose which film we should watch. And secondly, and almost as important, that meant there would be no opportunity for my two boys to argue between themselves over what to watch.

You might think I’m being dictatorial here, and yes you’re right. But if you had been through the horror of my boys arguing over screen entertainment you’d understand. I’ve sat there with them before now and watched them discuss the merits of film A over film B (which mostly consisted of ‘No, I don’t want to watch that’) until it got so late that there was no time to watch a full length film at all.

So, after much scrolling through Amazon Video on Demand I settled on Airplane. Nobody else in the house had seen it, and it was decades since I last saw it, but I was pretty sure it was a safe bet.

Well, turns out I was right and I was wrong.

What I thought was a family friendly comedy turned out to include full frontal female nudity (a close up of a pair of breasts being jiggled at the camera), drug taking, and simulated sex with a blow up doll. To be fair my boys have already seen a sex doll in an episode of Fawlty Towers, but still.

Otto, the inflatable automatic pilot in Airplane

What was our response as parents to this parade of debauchery flowing past our children’s eyes? We laughed out loud of course, along with the kids.

And it proved to be educational in places too. When Jack asked me what Lloyd Bridges was up to I told him “Sniffing glue. It’s bad, don’t do it.”

To which his response was, “Okay.”

Fair enough.

Lloyd Bridges sniffing glue in Airplane
The simulated sex act with Otto the inflatable automatic pilot left me speechless though. To be honest, that was because I was laughing too hard to actually speak.

I know what you’re thinking. How could I let my children watch all this?

Here’s the thing, Amazon listed the film as a PG. I’m pretty sure the scene with Otto would lift it to a 12, and the drug taking to a 15.

We had to pause the film about halfway through whilst my wife took a toilet break. The boys demanded I recheck the rating, so I went onto IMDB on my phone and, sure enough, it was rated 15. “Don’t telly Mummy!” the boys hissed as we heard her coming back down the stairs. “We want to watch the rest!”

So yes, we watched the whole thing and we had a good laugh. A really good laugh. And I’m okay with it.

And so is my other half, even after I told her the truth about Airplane’s BBFC rating.

It was silly, it was fun, and the boys haven’t been corrupted in any way.

(By the way, I rechecked the listing on Amazon Video on Demand, and found that my eyes had not deceived me and that they had listed it as a PG. I might actually contact them and point out their mistake. If I can stop laughing first though.)

Anyway, Airplane Two, next?

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