Have you ever re-watched one of your favorite movies, only to find yourself laughing at something you never noticed before? So many jokes flew over my head the first time I watched a movie. We aren’t alone. A group of movie lovers gathered to share the jokes they got when they watched a movie a few times.
1. Men in Black
“Gentleman, congratulations! You’re everything we’ve come to expect from years of government training.” This is a line delivered by Will Smith’s character, Agent J. It took me a few re-runs to realize he’s throwing some dirt on the candidates who didn’t make the cut for the Men in Black. It’s a pretty funny jab at the lack of quality the government takes instead of them.
2. Mean Girls
The classic comedy from the 2000s has some hilarious one-liners. But some may have passed us by as we laughed in the theaters. One fan says, “Regina stops being friends with Janis after thinking she’s a lesbian. At the end of the movie, we find out that Janis is Lebanese. This means Regina is so dumb she confused Lebanese with lesbian.” Geography can be tough.
3. The Mask
This movie has so many jokes jammed into short sequences that it’s hard to catch them all. Recently, I watched the movie and saw something my younger self was too naive to understand. In a scene where the main character makes balloon animals, he pulls out something that is not a balloon but more adult in nature. He responds, saying, “Wrong pocket.” Watch the scene again if you don’t get my drift.
If you are like me, you might have grown up with the musical Grease on rotation. Many of the adult themes went over my head, but one that sticks in my head is when the character Rizz says she skipped her period. I immediately assumed she skipped school. While this isn’t a joke per se, it was a detail that completely went over my head.
It is a Bill Murray classic, and many jokes were too mature for my younger self watching this movie as a kid. One that sticks out nowadays is when the character hallucinates that a waiter is on fire, so he throws fire on him. He responds, “I’m sorry, I thought he was Richard Pryor.” Later in life, I realized it was a nod to the great comedian Richard Pryor accidentally lighting himself on fire.
6. Austin Powers: Gold Member
The great Michael Caine delivers what I now consider comedic gold. He basically says there are two types of people he hates in the world. Those who are intolerant of other cultures and the Dutch. It is a classic case of irony that was lost on my younger self. I love laughing at the line as an adult who gets the hypocrisy.
7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
It’s not a comedic movie; the franchise has some hidden gems in their films. When Jones Sr., played by the great Sean Connery, claims that he knew she was a Nazi because she “talks in her sleep,” I always wondered how he knew that. Well, as an adult, it is clear that Jones Sr. was a bit of a lady’s man. What else did I miss in this movie?
8. Dumb and Dumber
Pick a scene in this movie, and I can quote it verbatim. I love this movie, but as a kid, I never realized that the name on the suitcase, “Samsonite,” was a popular luggage brand and not the name of the lady they were looking for. Now, I can’t help but laugh every time this scene comes on. Samsonite! I was way off!
9. Back to the Future
The opening few scenes show Marty, played by Michael J. Fox, getting ready to audition for his school’s battle of the bands. Marty’s band plays a Huey Lewis cover song to a panel of judges who are not impressed. Go back and look closer, and you will see that one of the judges is Huey Lewis himself. Classic joke! I guess Huey doesn’t like cover songs.
10. Dumb and Dumber
Yes, this movie made the list twice. No, I’m not dumb for not getting the jokes; I was just young. Luckily, others had jokes go over their head as well. One person now laughs at Harry, referring to a John Doe letter as a John Deere letter. For some reason, as a kid, I thought a tractor company was sending out letters. Silly me.
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