What are some instances when you’ve been surprised by moments or themes of depth in otherwise fluffy or less-than-consequential movies, TV shows, etc.? For instance:
Porky’s: on the surface, a typical “teens wanna get laid” comedy, but has a sub-plot about one of the kids dealing with the anti-semitism he learned at the hands of his abusive father. And from the sequel, a strong anti-censorship, anti-religious right plot.
To Be or Not to Be: the Mel Brooks remake. In the midst of the comedy, a scene with Sasha the homosexual dresser explaining why he’s wearing a pink triangle. Probably the first time that most of the people watching the film had heard of it. Also the Shylock scene toward the end.