30 Shocking Inappropriate Scenes That Sneaked Into '80s Family Films

By Sophia Maddox | June 6, 2023

Rocky IV - Paulie's Sex Robot

Ah, the '80s — a decade of big hair, even bigger shoulder pads, and some of the most unforgettable movies of all time. But amid the shopping montages and funky fashion, there were a few, shall we say, "cheeky" scenes that left parents gasping and kids giggling with glee. Whether it was the unexpected flash of skin in a supposedly innocent comedy, a steamy encounter that left us all hot under the collar, or a hilariously risqué innuendo that flew right over our young heads, these R-Rated moments were the secret ingredients that spiced up our favorite family flicks. So, come along on this tantalizing time-travel adventure, as we reminisce about the most scandalous, surprising, and utterly delightful R-Rated moments that had us all wondering, "Did they really just show that in a family movie?" Let's get ready to embrace the unexpected, and dive headfirst into the naughty nostalgia of R-Rated Moments in Family-Friendly '80s Movies!

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(MGM/UA Entertainment Company)

In 1985, Sylvester Stallone delivered the fourth installment of the beloved Rocky franchise, featuring everyone's favorite underdog, Rocky Balboa, squaring off against the formidable Soviet fighter, Ivan Drago. Amidst the high-stakes drama and intense training montages, there's a lighthearted subplot involving Rocky's brother-in-law, Paulie, played by Burt Young, and his newfound companion – a friendly, little too helpful robot. The robot, known as SICO, is gifted to Paulie by Rocky as a birthday present, and Paulie soon has it delivering him beer and speaking in a sultry woman's voice. He starts calling her "hon" and tells visitors, "that's my girl", as SICO fawns over him and tells him he's the greatest. The implication, of course, being that Paulie and SICO have gotten a little comfortable with each other. 

Splash - Daryl Hannah Rarely Wears Clothes

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(Buena Vista Distribution)

Directed by Ron Howard, Splash introduced us to the captivating Daryl Hannah as Madison, the whimsical, enchanting, often unclothed mermaid who steals the heart of Tom Hanks' character, Allen Bauer. Who could forget the steamy, saltwater-filled bathtub scene? In a display of sheer cheekiness, Madison's mermaid secret is revealed to Allen, leaving him completely, and understandably, flabbergasted.