In the thread George Lucas is even more evil than we thought Dangerosa wrote “Frankly though, movies (society in general, in my opinion) have gotten much more prudish over the last 20-30 years. Isn’t there a scene in Animal House involving an underage girl? Then there is the Bad News Bears - I was shocked rewatching that (Its a good movie, it just shows how much MORE you got away with in mainstream movies regarding kids 20-30 years ago). The teenage sex comedy was a staple of 1980s cinema - hey, lets have high school kids run a brothel, it will be funny.”
I agree. There are movies that simply would not be made today and would not exist if they had not been made when they were. A great example is Heathers. Christian Slater brings a gun to school, he and Wynona Rider kill other students, all the while the message is revenge is good. Christian Slater’s character commits suicide with an explosive vest. Favorite quote: “I love my dead gay son!” Think Columbine, think Al Qaeda, now think about trying to get the Heathers script approved in our time, assuming it hadn’t already been filmed when it was. No way.
Or how about Blazing Saddles, with the exact same script? Not likely.