20 Movies We Used to Love as Kids But Now Think Are Stupid

It’s significantly more difficult to entertain adults, and elements of exaggeration or juvenile humor might not do the trick. However, when we were children, there were a lot of movies that we thought were great because they made us laugh, but many of the movies are disappointing when rewatched as adults. Here are 20 of them:

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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When The Phantom Menace was released, I think we were all just so excited to get a new Star Wars movie, and that explains how it made almost a billion dollars at the box office. But returning to the film, I think it’s probably the worst movie of the franchise.

Space Jam (1996)

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There’s a lot that makes this movie great, and it is… if you’re a kid. Okay, maybe that’s a bit unfair, since Space Jam had a bit to offer to adults, too. However, many parts of the film truly feel silly when viewed from an adult’s perspective. One example is Bugs Bunny teaming up with Michael Jordan.

Home Alone 3 (1997)

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This is a lot like what happened with The Phantom Menace, except audiences didn’t enjoy this when it came out. As a kid, I was so excited for another Home Alone movie that I didn’t mind them repeating the story with an underwhelming lead actor.

Batman & Robin (1997)

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“Silly” is now a generally accepted adjective to describe this film. But it was fun to watch growing up. Many things I’ll now classify as “silly” were hilarious. Some of them still are, but the over-the-top fight scenes and general performances make it difficult to watch now.

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

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Worrying about a movie’s faithfulness to its source material was one thing I didn’t do as a kid. So it made for an enjoyable watch, and some people even enjoy it today (you may enjoy it too if you loved the ‘90s).

Jingle All the Way (1996)

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Would you believe that Rita Wison confessed that her character in this movie haunts her because the character is a bit too stupid? It’s still a decent Christmas movie with quotable lines, but I don’t think I can sit through a full viewing of it today.

Flubber (1997)

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Flubber is just a kid’s film, plain and simple. There’s hardly anything in it for adults. The humor is juvenile, and the plot holes make it difficult for adults not to find it stupid.

Little Monsters (1989)

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Rewatching this had me question why I even loved it as a kid. There’s really no particular thing to love about it. It lacks substance, it’s scary for kids, and the different aspects of the story never seem to connect. I wouldn’t recommend this to any adult.

Theodore Rex (1995)

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The only reason I saw this as a child was probably because it never showed in cinemas but was sent straight to video. The studio didn’t even believe in the film enough to put it in cinemas. Even Whoopi Goldberg, who was at the peak of her career, couldn’t save it.

Son of the Mask (2005)

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Hugely successful films often attempt sequels, and the sequels just don’t get it. But Son of the Mask was worse than just missing the mark. It’s definitely one of the worst films ever made. The CGI is terrible, even by 2005 standards, and the writing was beyond lazy.

Inspector Gadget (1999)

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I’ve never seen the original cartoon, so I don’t think the alleged deviation from the original story is why I find this movie silly. It suffers from weak writing, in my opinion. As if the writers simply had to write something for a film, and they had no desire to.

Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

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When viewed as an adult, this film and its jokes come off as distasteful and lacking in substance. The characters were unremarkable, and the plot was lacking. It seems that the creators were simply trying to profit off the popularity of Garbage Pail Kids cards rather than putting in effort and innovation.

Howard the Duck (1986)

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Howard the Duck is a terrible film that has inexplicably gained a cult following of grown adults. The film looks awful, and not even George Lucas could save it. It’s a movie that had a lot of money spent on it, and it doesn’t even look like an expensive production.

Mac and Me (1988)

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The incredibleness of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) somehow rubbed off on Mac and Me when I was a kid. But the latter is hilariously stupid. What sort of filmmakers blatantly attempt to copy an instant classic less than 10 years after it was made?

Kazaam (1996)

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There was a lot of criticism for this movie. While most of the points were valid, like the movie lacking imagination, I would disagree with those who said Shaq tried to do what Michael Jordan did with Space Jam and failed because both movies appear on this list.

The Master of Disguise (2002)

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The Master of Disguise was a hit with the kids after it was released. I loved it, my friends loved it, but a lot of critics (and adults) did not. Now, I understand why. It’s a film that’s intentionally dumb, and it’s difficult for adults with all their acquired logic to enjoy.

Bio-Dome (1996)

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Lowbrow humor, shallow plot, over-the-top antics, and the lack of a solid storyline. There are many reasons to dislike this movie that entirely relies on childish comedy. It fails to offer any insightful commentary on environmental issues, which it vaguely attempts to address.

Spice World (1997)

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If there ever was a film that was clearly made to only make some more money for the producers and studios, it’s Spice World. There is almost nothing commendable about the film, apart from the fact that it achieves its aim. It’s boring and pointless.

Cool as Ice (1991)

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Here’s another movie that I sincerely question what exactly I loved about it as a kid, but this time, I know why. It’s a colorful movie. But while that was enough for me as a kid, it’s not enough now. Vanilla Ice’s Hollywood debut is cringe.

Street Fighter (1994)

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There’s nothing intellectually stimulating about this film. Plus, it’s just a serving of bad entertainment. Almost all the actors look ridiculous, and their performances don’t save them. I’ll probably watch it again just to laugh at how stupid it is.

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