‘Frozen’ crowd treated to sexy scene: Has your theater ever shown inappropriate preview?

When I was a kid, we were shown the “Endless Love” trailer at a Muppets movie. My mother was horrified! I was riveted!

Families in Florida showed up to see “Frozen” and instead of a Mickey Mouse short, got a “sexually explicit scene.” (AWESOME!)

From a report on AJC.com:

“According to WTVT, a “sexually explicit scene” from another movie somehow ran in place of an animated Mickey Mouse short that accompanies and precedes the hit film.

The mix-up at the Regal Park Cinemas Park Place Stadium in Pinellas Park reportedly caused some parents to “rush their children to the exits.”

A spokesperson for the Regal Cinemas theater chain said the inappropriate scene was part of another R-rated movie that was played accidentally.

Regal representatives say the sexually charged scene played for less than two minutes, but the damage was done.

Lynn Greene told WTVT she brought her grandchildren to the show and tried to hide them from the scene, “It seemed like forever when you’re trying to, you know, cover a little guy’s eyes” she said. “I didn’t have enough hands to cover his ears too and he got the sound down real good.”

The theater did give those in the audience free movie tickets to compensate them for their troubles.

So this totally happened to me as a kid! I vividly remember going to a Muppets movie and being shown a trailer to “Endless Love!” See the trailer above. It is horrifying. The music alone is super creepy to listen to with kids. This trailer is 4:38 seconds long. That must have seemed like forever sitting next to your kid.

(I don’t remember which Muppets movie but totally know it was “Endless Love “ in the preview. According to the IMDB it must have been “The Great Muppet Caper”  because it was released the same year.)

It was 1981 so I was 9 and knew what sex was but didn’t know much about it. So here you go, young people stripped down going at it on the floor!  (How could that have been approved for all audiences? It had to be a mistake!!)  I remember my mother being horrified and complaining during and after about why would they show that before a kids’ movie?

To this day, I have never actually seen “Endless Love” yet I totally know they did it on carpet with the mother watching (CREEPY!!!!) because this trailer was burned into my impressionable young brain!

So have you ever seen an inappropriate clip or preview before a children’s movie? What would you have done? Would you have ushered them out to the bathroom for the four-minute “Endless Love” trailer?

18 comments Add your comment


December 4th, 2013
4:04 pm

I haven’t seen one that was THAT inappropriate, but I did think one of the Brave trailers was a bad choice to show before Cars 2. It was pretty scary (dark creepy woods, then a big roaring bear jumped out), and Cars 2 drew in a lot of preschoolers. The little guy I was with jumped a mile (ok, yeah I did too) and a lot of other kids started wailing.


December 4th, 2013
4:39 pm

Since I go to one or two movies a year, I have no experience with this. We were in Florida and we saw Last Vegas a few weeks ago and thought it was funny. I cannot remember the movie I saw before that. Have a great evening all!


December 4th, 2013
5:38 pm

If it had happene to me, I would be livid. I have gone out of my way to limit the barage of sexual images thrown at kids these days in tv, movies, and advertising. We haven’t had cable/satellite television in years because I want to have some control overy their viewing content. So yeah, I would be furious if this happened at a PG movie. But judging by how many parents allow their young kids to watch PG-13 movies on a regular basis, there are plenty to would be fine with it.


December 4th, 2013
6:26 pm

I just read elsewhere that the trailer was from “Nymphomaniac” – eeekkk!


December 4th, 2013
7:42 pm

Ok. I am almost 40 and that “Endless Love” trailer totally skeeved me out!

Ptc dawg

December 4th, 2013
8:35 pm

We shield our kids too much….

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 4th, 2013
10:55 pm

it was weird with the dad holding her, her kissing him and then going to the boy — weird and then the mom watching — weird, weird!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 4th, 2013
11:00 pm

also want to add that my brother in law is good friends with Brooke Shields and he says she is just truly the nicest person ever!!! he thinks she is wonderful.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 4th, 2013
11:10 pm

The crazy mom smile at the end reminds of in the Big CHill of Glenn Close’s crazy smile in the morning when she lets her husband do her friend to get her pregnant.

Devil's Advocate

December 5th, 2013
12:20 am

“Regal representatives say the sexually charged scene played for less than two minutes, but the damage was done.”

Heck, just under 2 minutes is a full on “session” in most households. Of course the damage was done!


December 5th, 2013
8:20 am

In just a few short years, these same parents won’t bat an eye while Junior blows people’s heads off playing first-person shooter video games like Grand Theft Auto, but god forbid they see a breast for five seconds. Go figure.

We are truly screwed up.


December 5th, 2013
8:49 am

Based on the preview, I have no clue what the movie is about other than two teenagers having sex (was there a plot?) but I definitely would have been pissed if was shown before a kids’ movie. Cracks me up that you remember it from when you were 9 though.

We rarely go to the movies so I don’t think we’ve witnessed an inappropriate preview but there is plenty of that on TV.


December 5th, 2013
8:56 am

Large group of tweens at Twilight and they showed the clip for “Momma” and the one where the neighbors abudcts the kid and puts her in the basement. Both were of course horror genre….and probably not appropriate for tween Twilight fans. That is the worst I can think of at the moment though.


December 5th, 2013
9:11 am

When I was about eleven, my mom left me at a showing of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, World” at the army base theater, so she could do some shopping at the commissary. That was pretty common on this army base, so there were a lot of kids about my age, whose moms did the same thing with them. Dump them off. It was about 45 minutes into the matinee showing when suddenly a graphic porno movie, in all of its glory, jumped onto the screen. In my later years, I recognized it to be “Deep Throat”. Well you could have heard a pin drop in that theater full if kids. Of course, the projector guy got back to the feature show quickly and probably lost his job over that mistake. We did hear some shouting and cursing coming from the projector booth.

Needless to say, I left that theater looking at girls in an entirely different light. I plotted my course right then and there. Plus, I thought “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, World” was hilarious.


December 5th, 2013
11:03 am

My son works at a local theater. During the summer, the theater offers “kid friendly” matinees. During one such matinee, a trailer for “Magic Mike” ran. All the Moms grabbed the kids and left immediately. My son issued complimentary tickets to all. The movies are now controlled by computers and someone (the general manger) had loaded this trailer — wholly inappropriate for a G-rated main feature — as a preview. The general manager did not lose his job although several of the Moms complained to the company that owns the theater.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 5th, 2013
11:14 am

Shaggy that is so funny – I’m sure Michael got dropped off for some of those in Italy and Germany — Wonder what he saw??? So many of his memories are about going to the Army base to watch sporting events in America at crazy hours of the night — they had several tours in Europe — His mom refused to go to Korea — she said see you in a year!

I posted a new blog — Elf on the Shelf ideas for Slacker parents — sooo funny — and much, much more – Read the slacker one — it is hysterical

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 5th, 2013
11:15 am

See I would have been hardpressed to let Rose see Twilight and then if they showed that horror preview — I would have been upset —

The Magic Mike one kind of makes sense — maybe the manager thought it would bring the moms back to a later show — get it –


December 5th, 2013
2:57 pm

TWG – I doubt Michael’s mom had a choice about Korea. It’s a “remote” tour which is why it’s only a year-long duty station. A very small portion of military members can opt to bring their families but the bases in Korea are not set up for them like most others. I spent lots of time at the base movie theater.

Growing up on a base actually allows kids quite a bit of freedom. My rules in middle school were 1. Don’t leave the base. 2. Be home by x. I spent a lot of time at the movie theater ($2) and bowling ally ($1 a game).