8 Controversial Comedies That Could Never Be Made Today

Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller
Image Credit: Dreamworks.

There are hours of online conversations about how hit shows like The Office and Friends wouldn’t be created and aired new today, but what about the movies?

Redditor u/AlexLekleklek asked, “I’m looking for movies that contain humor that wouldn’t be made today due to their offensive jokes but still are hilarious.” And Redditors responded with their top offensive, but said, hilarious picks.

1. Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles
Image Credit: Warner Brothers.

Blazing Saddles is a satirical western black comedy film starring Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens, Mel Brooks, and Harvey Korman.

A corrupt politician (Brooks) appoints a Black sheriff (Little) to destroy a Western town. However, the sheriff quickly becomes a formidable adversary, and things don’t go as planned.

Redditor tolive8 agreed, “You couldn’t make that film today. The actors would look at the script and say “we can’t do this. They already made it, it’s called blazing saddles and it came out in 1974”.

2. White Chicks (2004)

Two disgraced FBI agents (Shawn and Marlon Wayans) go way undercover to protect hotel heiress, the Wilson sisters (Anne Dudek and Faune A. Chambers), from a kidnapping plot.

The Wayans paint themselves as White, and the film includes many racial stereotypes.

Redditor OneRandomCatFact disagreed, “They systematically played up every white and black stereotype while not taking it too far, which is pretty impressive.”

3. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

Set in Southern Africa, The Gods Must Be Crazy is a comic allegory that follows a traveling Bushman who encounters a modern civilization and its unusual facets.

Despite its success, critics denounced its depiction of race and perceived ignorance of discrimination and apartheid in South Africa.

Redditor Lysandria admits, “I saw this when I was pretty young, and I remember it as the first movie that made me laugh until I cried, in particular the bit at the end where this guy is talking to a woman and keeps knocking stuff off a table as he’s trying to clean it up.

They continue, he ends up knocking over and picking up the same cup four or five times without realizing. I don’t know why, but it tickled me just right back then.:

4. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Two nerdy best friends (Robert Carradine  and Anthony Edwards) enroll at Adams College to study computer science.

It features a controversial scene, where one of the nerds puts on a Darth Vader mask to trick his sorority crush, and they have sex under false pretenses because she believes it’s her jock boyfriend in the mask.

Society acknowledges that is rape and it’s not available on any streaming services because of it.

Redditor correct_ness482 stated, “That felt so creepy even before it was widely criticized.” Another user, BowserBuddy123, agreed, “Even as a kid somehow seeing this I was like, this doesn’t seem kosher.”

User SuiteSuiteBach added, “Also, the nerds set cameras in the sorority changing room, take pictures, and use the illicit photos as part of a fundraiser. All that plus a wealth of race, sexuality, and body-shaming jokes.”

5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is an eccentric pet detective specializing in missing animals. He is hired to find the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins, Snowflake, a bottle-nosed dolphin.

However, his detective work soon leads him to a corrupt trans police Lieutenant (Sean Young), and the scenes have since been deemed transphobic.

Redditor Dara_Dark agreed, “Definitely! Also, the sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.”

While some fans quoted lines from both films, one user asked why the second film was offensive. To which Redditor amergent replied, “African stereotypes, Asian stereotypes, need I continue?”

6. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was one of the few films to depict an interracial marriage in a positive light during a time when interracial relations were still illegal in 17 states!

Despite the nomination, Redditor TheHypocondriac disagreed, Y’all think ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner is offensive? Arguably the best anti-racism movie of its era is offensive in some way. Or am I missing context for an inside joke?”

Another user, Quirky-Knowledge4631, agreed, “This movie is a classic. By no means offensive, unless you’re racist!”

7. Tropic Thunder (2008)

Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller)
Image Credit: Dreamworks.

Tropic Thunder follows Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ), Ben Stiller, Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson as a group of prima donna actors making a Vietnam War film.

The ensemble cast includes Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Matthew McConaughey, and Bill Hader. But, it also has RDJ in controversial blackface.

Redditor WitchesCotillion agreed, “It took way too long for Tropic Thunder to appear on this list.”

8.Animal House

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer (John Vernon) is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but they have other plans for him.

The film stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, and Bruce McGill. It’s been called out for racism, homophobia, and jokes about sexual assault.

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  1. The fact that you couldn’t make these movies today is the real problem. We’ve incentivized victimhood and outrage and raised a generation of people that are traumatized by hearing something as simple as a different opinion. The focus on race, sexuality, and whatever else makes us different isn’t helpful, nor is the complete lack of a sense of humor. The refusal to look at the context of a joke or understand that making a joke about something doesn’t mean that you’re advocating for it. When it’s my turn in the barrel and the joke is at my expense, I just appreciate the humor if it’s funny and if it’s not, what do I care what they say?

    • Totally agree with this we have become lost in our attempt to spin the world around us in the name of buzz words like inclusion and micro aggressiveness it is too bad it seems to be backfiring on us and we will probably pay for it decades down the road

    • if the left has their way we should see laughter outlawed any day now. We are to dumb to see what they see, they are protecting us from ourselves. i love all these movies

  2. Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever watched. It didn’t miss many opportunities to insult everything. The only issue it missed was trans because that wasn’t very current when the movie was made. There are more serious movies, like Tuskegee Airmen, another of my favorites, that also could not be made today.

    • Monty Python covered the “transgender” topic (before it was called that) brilliantly back in 1979 with Life of Brian.

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