In 1985, I was 14 years old, but that mere fact of chronology didn’t stop me from seeing the Rated R flick, ‘The Breakfast Club’, at the local drive-in, thanks to a combination of being generally tall-ish and utter neglect by anyone at the booth in checking ID’s.  The movie was a revelation for me, with its cool high-school students having sort of recognizable interactions while stuck in Saturday detention, as well as the archetypical nature of the characters.  I was a Brian who wanted desperately to become a Bender (and, as an aside, even at 14, thought that Allison’s makeover was bull) and was taken by how worldly all the kids of Shermer, IL. were.  It remains one of my formative movie experiences, and a strong contender for my favorite R-rated movie-going experience of all time, thought ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ is right up there as well, leading us to today’s age-17-or-older query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has recently discovered with my 11-year-old that a PG-13 movie can include multiple F-bombs, thanks to ‘Adventures In Babysitting’, asking: What’s your favorite Rated R fare?


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  1. Of more recent fare, the sci-fi comedy “Paul”. Despite enjoying other work by many of the actors in the film and being a general sci-fi comedy fan, I was surprised by just how much I came to love that movie. The first week it came out on DVD alone, I watched it about nine or ten times. There aren’t a lot of movies, even among those I like, that I’ll watch repeatedly in a short amount of time like that..

    In a broader range, “The Green Mile” (one of my favorite movies of all time), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (another of my favorite movies of all time), “Freddy vs Jason” (which I’ll admit isn’t the greatest movie of either franchise, but it was still fun to see a movie I’d wanted since childhood brought to life) and “Queen of the Damned” (which, like “Paul”, is one I watched repeatedly when it came out).

  2. Malone_hasco on

    We have a little bit different rating system in Europe, but one that comes to mind first is Fight Club. I dont think any film has been more impressive to me in my adult years. I was genuinely floored by the ending of it, never saw it coming and it was really shocking. I consider it a real masterpiece.

    • That is one of those movies I didn’t really appreciate until years after I first saw it. I don’t know why, but I didn’t care much for it when it first came out, but after several years I watched it with friends and really enjoyed it. I honestly have no idea what changed in that relatively short time frame.

  3. Dan Langsdale on

    The only R-rated film I’ve seen multiple times in the theater would be 12 Monkeys. Best time-travel pic ever.

    Honorable mentions: Braveheart, the movie that had red-blooded American men saying “no, I’ve just got something in my eye.” and Winter’s Bone, the movie that guaranteed me to watch pretty much anything Jennifer Lawrence does.

  4. So many of my favorite movies are R rated from Animal House to Terminator. It would be easier to list which movies I love that aren’t R in some cases.

    My dad was very much “You’re 8. You can watch Full Metal Jacket with me.” (Made me do the earmuff thing, but did put things into context for all the various movies.)

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