Table of content    
  1. Finding Nemo (2003)
  2. Poltergeist (1988)
  3. Big (1988)
  4. Jurassic Park (1993)
  5. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  6. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  7. Home Alone (1990)
  8. Freaky Friday (2003)
  9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Of (1986)
  10. Mary Poppins (1964)

10 Films You Loved As A Kid, But View In A New Light As An Adult

It is true that watching movies from childhood as an adult hits differently. Back then, the magic captured our imaginations, but now, as grown-ups, we discover new layers of meaning. The jokes have extra depth, and the lessons hit home in a deeper way. What used to be simple now carries nuanced themes, making the movie experience richer. 
It’s like meeting an old friend again and realizing there was always more to the story. These movies become time capsules, holding onto our younger selves and giving us new insights into life.
Here are 10 movies that you will see differently as adults. If they have your curiosity, scroll down to learn more.

#1. Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo is a colorful and fun movie for kids, following a widowed father's journey to rescue his missing son. Kids connect with Nemo's adventurous spirit, while adults see Marlin as the true hero. His quest gains emotional depth as an adult, knowing Nemo is all he has left after a traumatic event. The ending is not just happy but also a relief for Marlin.

#2. Poltergeist (1988)

Poltergeist is a good horror film for younger viewers, not too scary. It's about a family haunted by the supernatural, and you can connect with either the kids or the parents. The movie taps into common childhood fears like ghosts and clowns, but surprisingly, it might be scarier for adults. Diane and Steve fight to save their kids and themselves. The characters drive the story, making you feel their actions will determine if they make it out alive.

#3. Big (1988)

Big stars Tom Hanks in a hilarious role as a boy who becomes an adult overnight. The film has subtle jokes for grown-ups and goes beyond the fun to explore themes of rediscovering youth's simplicity and kindness. As we watch from an adult's perspective, Josh's mother gains importance, reflecting the emotions parents feel when their children grow up.

#4. Jurassic Park (1993)

Kids love Jurassic Park for its lifelike dinosaurs, a dream come true. But adults see it more as a nightmare, with the whole theme park posing a massive threat. The movie shows adults feeling powerless to protect the kids, especially when faced with huge dangers like a T. rex. Adults also relate more to the tense relationships between the characters.

#5. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Daniel, after a bitter divorce, disguises himself as Mrs. Doubtfire to be close to his kids. As an adult, the premise seems invasive and creepy, especially as Miranda is deceived into allowing a forbidden man into her home. The film discusses divorce, but only adults fully grasp how it impacts Miranda and Daniel, not just the children.

#6. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Adults can feel the stress and desperation in Nani's job search in Lilo and Stitch, a struggle children might not fully grasp. Lilo and Stitch's innocent mischief unintentionally sabotages Nani's efforts, making her frustrations, especially about her lost parents, more complex than what kids might perceive.

#7. Home Alone (1990)

Director Chris Columbus uses clever camera angles in Home Alone to show things from a kid's point of view. The basement furnace and Old Man Marley seem scarier, but grown-ups understand that leaving a child alone is the real concern. While Kevin sees it as a chance to have fun, adults empathize with his parents. Harry and Marv's injuries are less funny when looked at through a practical, grown-up lens. It's a wonder they survived.

#8. Freaky Friday (2003)

Freaky Friday aims to shift perspectives as Anna and Tess swap bodies, fostering understanding. Viewers' focus depends on their relatability to a character, and older audiences resonate more deeply with the movie's message, having experienced both sides of the equation. 
Anna and Tess aren't inherently bad, but their struggle to empathize and communicate is a universal theme. Recognizing both perspectives enhances the appeal of Freaky Friday beyond just understanding Anna's side.

#9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Of (1986)

Ferris Bueller plays hooky with friends for a carefree adventure, capturing the teenage dream of freedom. The adults, portrayed as caricatures, symbolize societal pressures on the youth. 
However, the film has depth, particularly in Cameron's transformation from a subdued teen to someone who confronts his father. Amid the fun, a touch of sadness lingers, acknowledging the fleeting nature of youth in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

#10. Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary Poppins (1964) Source: Mary Poppins (1964) / Buena Vista Distribution
Mary Poppins enchants with whimsical adventures for the Banks children. While kids enjoy songs and colorful escapades, adults recognize the deeper story of Mr. Banks. The diligent banker learns life's priorities with Mary Poppins and values time with his children. As an adult, Mary Poppins takes on a poignant aspect, a wanderer spreading joy but never finding a true home or family of her own.
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