Kids can get interested in the strangest things that adults wouldn’t even give a second thought to. And they often get obsessed with something very easily, like Disney princesses or other cartoon characters. 

It’s amazing how they can watch and rewatch something they like over and over again to the point that they memorize all the lines. But sometimes they don’t even really understand what they are watching or can’t look at it critically, so when they come back to it in their adult years, people get disappointed. 

This is actually more common than you would think as more than 20k people joined a thread on Reddit answering the question “What's a movie you loved as a child that you now consider to be cringeworthy?” What would you add to the list and which ones do you agree with? Let us know in the comments!

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#1

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community alvin and the chipmunks. holy s*** those guys are annoying

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nunya bussiness
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah. i can just hear their nasally voices in my head right now.

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#2

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Percy Jackson movies, you read the books, re watch the movies, and wonder what the hell went so wrong

Legally_Adri , Fox 2000 Pictures Report

I am avoiding my homework
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s how it usually goes

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#3

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community I was the dumba** kid that thought the last airbender was a good movie. Jesus I was dumb

PixelsTheNerd , Paramount Pictures Report

Bow, I’m a Slytherclaw
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1 year ago

The series is the best s**t. The movie, though...

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#4

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Bee Movie-

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Chillace
Community Member
1 year ago

ya like jazz

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#5

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Commando, i thought it was great as a kid and I watched it again and... it's even f*****g better!!!

Billbapierogi , 20th Century Studios Report

Von Klaus
Community Member
1 year ago

let off some steam Bennet

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#6

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Any of the Steven Seagal movies from the late 80s/early 90s. Jr High school me thought he was the biggest bada** ever born. Thinking about that now that feels like the most neckbeard fandom ever.

RoamingBison , Warner Bros. Pictures Report

Requiem
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1 year ago

Nope he was good back then. same as Van Damme

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#7

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Shark Boy and Lava Girl. That s*** was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.

StupidWithAChance , Sony Pictures Releasing Report

Confused Flamingo
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1 year ago

This film was like a weird fever dream

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#8

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Howard the Duck

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James016
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1 year ago

It’s so bad it’s brilliant.

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#9

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community G-Force. That one Disney movie about the guinea pig spies? I thought that movie was the best as a kid.

I got through about 10 minutes of it when I tried to rewatch it a few months ago. Man, that movie is weird...

SnooHamsters9240 , Walt Disney Pictures Report

JuJu
Community Member
1 year ago

I laughed so hard at the hamster (I was in my 20s)...I still do.

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#10

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Drop Dead Fred but it’s still on my list of favorites

DoesAGingerSnap , New Line Cinema Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

Rik Mayall is awesome: RIP

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#11

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community This really dates me but Mannequin was my favorite growing up

Algaealligator , 20th Century Fox Report

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

I had such a crush on Andrew McCarthy

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#12

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Cat In The Hat. Now that I think about it, it technically isn't a kids movie

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Just a girl in a crazy world
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s not a kids movie, but I watched it as a kid. And I wonder why I’m so messed up

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#13

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Not even a kid, the 2002 movie Queen of the Damned. I was in my early 20s and thought it was so sexy and cool. I watch it now and it’s so campy and cringey and God bless Aaliyah but her performance was…eesh lol

DeadSharkEyes , Warner Bros. Pictures Report

Ross Warren
Community Member
1 year ago

Great soundtrack though.

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#14

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Indian in the Cupboard. No idea why but I liked it a lot as a kid. Watched it a few years ago with my nephew and hated it

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3ke
Community Member
1 year ago

The books were wat better. The movie was a joke.

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#15

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Blank check. The thought of being rich as a kid made me love the movie when I was younger. Watched it a couple years ago and got some real predator vibes between the kid and the lady FBI agent. Really hard to watch the ending where they kiss.

JuniorJRIV , Walt Disney Pictures Report

RoseTheMad
Community Member
1 year ago

wait the ending where they... what THE ACTUAL F**K

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#16

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Although it is beautiful cringe.

questionerzz , Troublemaker Studios Report

nunya bussiness
Community Member
1 year ago

*nostalgic rush*

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#17

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Master of Disguise. Loved it as a kid. Holy s*** is it a terrible movie

iimSgtPepper , Revolution Studios Report

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
1 year ago

My daughter begged me to take her to see this when she was a kid. She apologized to me as we were leaving the theater. I'm still trying to forgive her.

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#18

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community I feel like i used to watch Garfield a lot, didnt realise it was bad until that Zombieland moment lol.

pnpspacegiraffe , 20th Century Fox Report

Chillace
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1 year ago

what in the actual f*ck is this

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#19

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Any of the first three Spy Kids movies. I remember the second one being one of my favourites and now it’s genuinely painful.

PotatoBomb69 , Dimension Films Report

My ordinary life
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1 year ago

I watched spy kids I thought it was a cool cringe mix

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#20

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community The horrid Dungeons and Dragons movie with Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, and one of the Wayans brothers. Absolute garbage but I loved it for some reason. I earned some late fees for not returning the VHS on time.

OIWantKenobi , New Line Cinema Report

JLH
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1 year ago

I maintain that that movie is an underrated gem.

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#21

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Any of the Mary Kate & Ashley movies.

I’d like to make it clear that I grew up with these movies, loved the Olson twins, and there is a lot of nostalgia that comes with the memories of their movies. I just don’t think as an adult now they would be as great as I thought they were 20 some years ago.

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Requiem
Community Member
1 year ago

They werent meant to be good, just cashing in on Cute Twins. They have never done anything good or close to being actors

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#22

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Mario Bros.

I was ten.

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Chillace
Community Member
1 year ago

i just watched this with my brother. i needed the unsee juice for it

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#23

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Masters of the Universe with Dolph Lundgren.

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GlassHalfWay
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh come on, it's Dolph. Great nostalgic flick

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#24

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Catwoman (2003) haunted my childhood. I didn't realise the terrible special effects weren't real so I jumped around my living room trying to imitate her.

ImReallyTryingISwear , Warner Bros. Pictures Report

Requiem
Community Member
1 year ago

Always a s**t movie

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#25

The Phantom…Billy Zane! Totally cheesy when I rewatched it but LOVED it as a kid

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Friday
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1 year ago

I adore Billy Zane! I’ll happily watch whatever he is in just for his voice :)

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#26

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Batman & robin

AlexIsACarrot , Warner Bros. Report

GirlFriday
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1 year ago

Picture does not match the movie title.

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#27

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Idk if anyone's said it yet but Agent Cody Banks is pretty cringe. Used to love them as a kid but looking at them now its not the same as before.

javiguz27 , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Report

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 year ago

Watched this because of Hilary Duff. Couldn’t stand Frankie though

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#28

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Mac and Me

5 year old me used to make my parents rent it all the time. It’s now used as a joke movie for bad Sci-Fi

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Martin Kaine
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, but the MST3K of it is pure gold.

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#29

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community The Covenant. It was a relatively early Sebastian Stan movie that I was obsessed with in middle school. I rewatched it a few years ago and it is easily one of the worst acted movies I've watched. Definitely the worst I've seen in a good decade. I really thought those guys were so cool. I just cringe thinking about how often I watched it and convinced myself that it was even halfway good just because there were hot guys.

Rains_of_Elir , Sony Pictures Entertainment Report

Ria C.
Community Member
1 year ago

The hubby and I stil enjoy it, no matter the cringe.

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#30

30 Movies That People Didn’t Think Were Cringey Until They Rewatched Them As Adults, Shared In This Online Community Critters. It was fun and cheesy though.

lady_of_the_lac , New Line Cinema Report

Rob Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

Critters is pure 80's low budget awesomeness

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