When I was a little kid, my mom would sometimes take me to a local theater to watch old, old, old movies. So when a film from The Thin Man series was playing, she was thrilled. The series focused on the detective adventures of Nick and Nora Charles, well-to-do socialites who took their dog (Asta) and a bevy of quips to every crime scene. My mom remembered loving the movies when she was a kid, and she recalled that they were funny, clever and clean.
But she forgot about all the drinking. Nick and Nora would drink more alcohol in one evening than an entire fraternity, it seems. When a reporter asked Nora if Nick was working on a case, Nora said, “Yes. A case of Scotch.”
We see this happen regularly in our entertainment. What seems fine and dandy during one era feels ever so wrong in another. Gone With the Wind won eight Oscars in 1940, but it now comes with trigger warnings. Shows such as Friends have been called out for embarrassing plot points and lack of diversity. “There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of Friends and find them offensive,” Friends star Jennifer Aniston admitted in a recent interview.
This week, our team bats around a few examples of entertainment not aging well in our ever-changing culture.
Speaking of changes, we also talk about an 11-year-old girl going through a ton of them in the movie Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. The movie doesn’t seem to change much from the beloved Judy Blume book, by the way—but it still comes with some interesting wrinkles worth discussion.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of change, we’re changing the time and place for our live Plugged In Show Aftercast. Instead of hitting YouTube at 9 a.m. Mountain Time on Wednesdays, it’s moving to Mondays on Instagram. (You can follow us @pluggedinteam.) Find us there every Monday at 3 p.m. Mountain Time (which, of course, is 5 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Central and 2 p.m. Pacific). We’ll be talking about The Plugged In Show and the weekend’s hottest movies, as well.
One thing hasn’t changed, though: our desire to hear from you. Chime in with your own thoughts on our podcast. Have you gone back and watched something old that now feels uncomfortable? What do you think might feel inappropriate 20 years from now in our entertainment? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or by sending us an email ([email protected]).
And, of course, you have an opportunity to compete in our awesome Name That Movie contest, as well! See rules below, along with links to everything else we talked about.
- Plugged In Blog: “Piecing Together the Legacy of Friends”
- Plugged In Blog: “There For Us: Why Friends is Still Culturally Relevant”
- Plugged In Review: Girlfriends
- Plugged In Review: Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies
- Plugged In Review: Forrest Gump
- Plugged In Review: Aristocats
- Plugged In Review: Swiss Family Robinson
- Plugged In Review: The Mandalorian
- Plugged In Review: The Lion King
- Plugged In Review: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
- Plugged In Review (book): Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.