Live Poll: Family Movies with Inappropriate-Sounding Titles

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Movies directed at children have been known to contain innuendo at times (subtle or not) to amuse the adult audience. However, sometimes the front-and-center title of the film itself sounds questionable, to say the least. Which of the following family movies titles sounds the most inappropriate to you?

Please note: movies that aren't marketed as children/family films but have a G or PG rating may be included.

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls024861489/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/xvHHP9fv6Ys/
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Free Willy, that cracked me up. Well done :D
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Which thankfully came out before Lewinsky scandal :P
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James and the Giant Peach
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Octopussy & Free Willy
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I immediately thought of Free Willy before checking the list, it's a good idea but I'm pretty sure you can have many options by sticking to 'family' family films, I got your point about PG rating but with more than 10 options, you don't need fillers, especially James Bond movies which are definitely NOT marketed for the whole family...

FYC

Moana
Inside Out
Home Alone
First Position
Babes in Toyland
That Thing You Do!
Beauty and the Beast
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
How Green Was My Valley

and many more I'm sure!

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Yeah I was debating the same thing about James Bond, I was gonna say only G movies to exclude Bond but it seemed weird because Free Willy and the other family movies are PG. I agree and I'll take off the whole last section of my post.
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This has been disturbing me for a long time. “Babes In Toyland” is not an appropriate title. It comes from being base on an operetta by Victor Herbert called “Babes In Toyland” about two children who are inheritors a huge fortune while their Uncle Barney, who wants the money for himself and doesn’t want the kids, tries various means to kill the kids. During the story, they get shipwrecked onto a land where all the Mother Goose nursery rythmes have come to life. The title of the opera uses the now obsolete meaning of the word meaning young innocent children. In fact, “Hansel and Gretel” is a Babes In The Woods tale.
What bugs me is something that is different and kind of opposite of what you are doing with this poll. That is movies not for kids but are being marketed to kids as kid moves. Because kids love dinosaurs, the horror movie “Jurassic Park”’s advertising was aimed at children. That movie was not for kids in it’s rating. Another is “Sausage Party”. The film originally got an N.C.-17 rating by the MPAA (for the sexual jokes) and had to be editted and re-submitted for an R rating. But if you watch the trailer, it looks like a film for kids. I can name a few others like that.
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Pffft!! This says more about you than about the films. "Babes in Toyland " is only inappropriate to people with a perverted and dirty mind....potential molesters.  I was in my 30s when someone told me the other meaning it COULD have and I still don't get all the fuss.

I'm really disgusted by all you people, turning the most innocent movie titles into something salacious. Stop sexualizing everything, and get some help, please. 

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TheMelancholicAlcoholic, Shouldn't you be at an AA meeting or something?
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Hi, TheMelancholicAlcoholic. Are you serious? The word "babe" very frequently refers to an adult female of significant sex appeal.
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TheMelancholicAlcoholic seems pretty uptight. I think a trip to toyland would serve them well
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But, Jeorj, EIM, and Groovyvic, in this case, the word ‘Babes’, in “Babes In Toyland”, refers to two innocent children just as the same word means children in the phrase, “From the mouths of BABES”. You have to take the story of the operetta into account.
Look, I collect Christmas music as a hobby. “Babes In Toyland” is considered as a Christmas show. I have two cds of music from the operetta. One is the instrumental portions of it and the other is the restored vocal selections from the orginnal broadway presentation of it. Both had booklets containing the show’s orginnal story, ( it has changed over time to the point that the one in the film mentioned here is vastly different from the original story). Here are the two summaries of the operetta: (BTW, Glen MacDonough is the man who wrote the story and lyrics to “Babes In Toyland” but everybody associates it more to Victor Herbert than to MacDonough.)
The booklet - the broadway recording: “Glenn MacDonough’s all star cast of characters included such luminaries as Little Bo Peep, Red Riding Hood, Tom Tom the Piper’s Son, Miss Muffet, and Simple Simon. Evil uncle Barnaby has developed a plan to do away with the “Babes”, his young niece and nephew, Jane and Allan, in order to keep their inheritance for himself. The babes flee through the forest and eventually find them selves ship wrecked in Toyland. There they run afoul of the nasty Master Roymaker who is aiding uncle Barnaby and his wicked scheme to kill them. With the help of Tom-Tom and Contary Mary, the Babes emerge victorious, and the villains meet gruesome ends: Uncle Barnaby accidentally drinks a glass of poisoned wine intended for Alan and the Toymaker is done in by his own creation – – a pack of vicious mechanical dolls.”
This from the other booklet for the CD of symphonic instrumental pieces from the operetta:
“... The entertainment, a dazzling and colourful spectacle, opened with a “Prologue” in mime, in which Jane and Alan, niece and nephew of the miserrly Uncle Barnaby, survive a shipwreck and their uncle’s plans for their death. In the first act they find themselves in the garden of Contary Mary, where they meet a variety of characters from nursery-rhymes and fairytales, Tom the Piper’s Son, Little Bo-Peep, Red Riding-Hood, Miss Muffet, Simple Simon, Tommy Tucker, Little Boy Blue and others. In the second act, they find their way to toyland into the workshop of the wicked Master Toymaker. All ends happily in the last act, as it must, for the hero and heroine, when Jane and Alan put an end to the plots that their uncle has hatched against them.”
Ergo, the word “Babes” in the title is referring to the kids Jane and Alan in the orginnal operetta. The title is not inappropriate for a family film.
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Hi, dgranger. You seem to be missing the point of this PS.
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TheMelancholicAlcoholic, please re-read my post again. There is a typo in the beginning. I am known for typos. You have to read the whole post to get what I’m saying. The line was supposed to read as ““Babes In Toyland” is not an inappropriate title.”
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No Jeorj Euler, I have not. It appears that someone has forgotten that the definition of the Babe means “noun
1- a baby or child
2 - an innocent or inexperienced person.

3 - (usually initial capital letter) Southern U.S. (used, often before the surname, as a familiar name for a boy or man, especially the youngest of a family.)”
Yours is the slang definition of the word.
“4 - Slang.
A. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.a girl or woman, especially an attractive one:
Her roommate is a real babe!
B. an attractive young man.
C. (sometimes initial capital letter)an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/babes
In fact there is another one that has a totally appropriate title for a family film. “How Green Was My Valley”. Anyone who has ever read the book knows that the title refers to the valley in which the coal mining town is set in was green and fresh at the beginning of the story. But as the story progresses, the mounds of coal mining waste, called “Slag”, slowly encircles the town and pollutes the surrounding area. Hence the title, “How Green Was My Valley”. Read the book!
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You do realize that none of these titles are technically inappropriate, dgranger? The PS is suggesting that they are inappropriate-sounding on account of the colloquial use of the words contained within the titles. Posting these long paragraphs about the source materials do not clarify anything.
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But Jeorj, TheMelancholicAlcoholic has a valid point. Some of these titles are being twisted beyond a reasonable point to look for something that isn’t there. How can you get something dirty out a title that clearly refers to kids? Or how do you get something dirty out of “How Green Was My Valley”? Some of these are really stretching it a lot. I have no problem with suggestive titles like “Sky High”. But Babes and Valley? No way. Should be looking for movies with more suggestive titles like
Robin Hood: Men In Tighrs
The Bad News Bears
Spaceballs
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But Jeorj, TheMelancholicAlcoholic has a valid point. Some of these titles are being twisted beyond a reasonable point to look for something that isn’t there. How can you get something dirty out a title that clearly refers to kids? Or how do you get something dirty out of “How Green Was My Valley”? Some of these are really stretching it a lot. I have no problem with suggestive titles like “Sky High”. But Babes and Valley? No way. Should be looking for movies with more suggestive titles like
Robin Hood: Men In Tighrs
The Bad News Bears
Spaceballs
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Toys in Babeland sounds like a full length feature porno name and Im not even a molester. dgranger you're suggestions dont sound wrong at all
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Babes in Toyland even
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Some?
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The list is of family movies (that includes children's movies). What does that have to do with Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs? The whole topic is kind of confusing, to be honest.
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Jeorj, it is simple but hard to find examples of it. She is looking for titles of family films that are filled with adult innuendo and double meaning at the time they were created,. She wrote it as ,”Movies directed at children have been known to contain innuendo at times (subtle or not) to amuse the adult audience.” That is why I don’t raise a protest to “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” because not because of the title itself, which refers to the sound that car makes due to two cylinders mis-firing, but because Ian Fleming constantly named his characters in the story, and the Bond stories too, with names loaded with not so subtle innuendo. “Caractacus Potts” for ‘Crackpot’, “Trudy Scrumptious” for ‘Truly Scrumptious‘ .
It is not fair to include titles like “The Agony and The Ecstasy” and say it was inappropriate because someone, decades after the movie was made, someone created a date-rape drug called “Ecstasy”. It has to be at the time the movie was made.
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It doesn't have to be inappropriate at the time the movie was made, it just has to sound somewhat inappropriate at face value, like if you initially heard the title of the movie without knowing what it's about you'd think it was a porno, something about doing a lot of drugs, or anything else that would be inappropriate for children. I was just comparing the innuendo within some films to the fact that some titles (which are way more difficult to miss than any one scene or line that might be in a film) sound more suited for adults, whether intentional or not
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The poll description probably should be reworded so as not to cast aspersions against the makers of these movies belonging to the family genre.
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Thanks for clearing that up.
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hahahah I like Holes- adding a few of these
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When I put 'suggested by ___' in the description am I supposed to put your name on here or your IMDB name? If it's the latter what's your IMDB name?
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I guess yrnej would be better 'cause that's my name on IMDb. If somehow someone wanted to search for me...I think? If someone else knows different, send up a flier.
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Okay adding your name! HAHAh I just realized how it sounded when I said "I like Holes", shows how good of a suggestion it is.
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ouu ya, ElM. said that one but I somehow missed it, will add. WOW all this time and I finally figured out all you gotta do to make someone's name blue is copy and paste it.. or am I still doing it wrong?
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FML it's right. Wow what a slow learning curve with me.
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Omg, Toy Story, how can we missed it! 
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Added!
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“Little Miss Marker”
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Explain? I don't get this one
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One of the definitions of “a Marker” is the gamboling slang definition of an promissory note or a written I.O.U.. in the many film versions (With Shirley Temple/Adolphe Menjou, (1934) IMHO, being the best, “Sorrowful Jones” (1949) With Bob Hope/Lucille Ball/William Demarest/Mary Jane Saunders (as the marker) as second best IMHO, and “Little Miss Marker” (1980) With Walter Matthau/Julie Andrews/Tony Curtis/Sara Stimson (as the kid, aka marker) being the third), the summery of the story goes like this: (Tryingvto combine all the story summaries of the films listed above) “Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's.””A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet” by her father. “When her father doesn't return”, Jones gets stuck with Martha ‘Marky’ Jane. “he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his” business. “”The sprightly youngster soon has a positive effect on her curmudgeonly guardian, adding a little sunshine to his life.The little girl decides to play matchmaker....” With Jones and his girlfriend. “. However, “Sorrowful ... and his group of fellow bookies .... cynical ways start to rub off on her. Will a party set at Camelot bring back her faith in humanity?”

Remember, they were my opinions only and not stated as fact.
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 But will it rub off? Remade as Little Miss Sunshine also? Correct?
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No because each version credits Damon Runyon’s story on which they are based on. “Little Miss Sunshine” doesn’t. But it could be influenced by Runyon’s tale.
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Another suggestion of an old film with a suggestive title. My Brother Talks To Horses (1947). The title suggests insanity. But the story line is that the boy has the magical ability is to hear the race horses thoughts.
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't know if I consider 'insanity' inappropriate for children. Insanity doesn't discriminate by age and lots of kids have imaginary friends & stuff.  Besides, lots of people talk to animals. I'm always chatting up my dog and rando cats on the street
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But do they answer back as the horses do in the film?
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Yes
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Puss in Boots?
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Torn on this one. The fact that this wouldn't be anatomically possible makes it sound less dirty. If it was called Boots in Puss I'd be all for it.
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The Black Stallion
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HAHAH I know someone who gave that name to their...stallion. Added!
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"3 Men and I Little Lady" sounds to inappropriate. Almost like a 18+ movie
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I think 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' is the worst if you think about how good little children tend to be at making easily distinguishable 'th/sh/ch' sounds.... I'm sure a few parents had Child Protective Services called on them because their child was going around talking about how much they love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.. :|
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that title reminds me other movie with the a similar title "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" with Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr and Michelle Monaghan.

but yeah "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is a tricky title to say. If you say, people gonna think certain things.
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Added the Nutcracker one and Sky High. I feel like IMDB will never make this live because they'd probably consider this poll 'R Rated' but I'm getting amusement from the suggestions either way
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I believe they will. Aren't all horror polls R-Rated? Besides, all these movies exist with these exact titles, they are just open to interpretation, so the hopes are high :D
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Yeah but they told me to change my poll titled 'french splatter films of the 2000s' to 'french gore films of the 2000s' because the word splatter was too R-rated, so who knows about this one hahaha. I mean they are family movies but
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Didn't know about that. Guess we'll have to wait and see, but hopefully, there will be no problem (:
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The subject heading of the PS list may need to be clearer. Perhaps "Family Movies Whose Titles Could Easily Be Hijacked by 18+ Material" would be a more indicative heading, yet alas perhaps too long.
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groovyvic,

Please change the title of your list from:
Family Movies with Inappropriate-Sounding Titles

To:
Family Movies With Inappropriate-Sounding Titles

For future reference:
When in doubt about capitalization, use this online tool:
https://capitalizemytitle.com/
Capitalize My Title
Enter your title and select:
"Title Case" and "AP".

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Babes in Toyland
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