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30 Comedy Movies That Could Never Get Made Today

Modern-day comedy movies seem to be raunchier than ever. The type of gross-out humor found in films like Bridesmaids and Neighbors is scatalogical and gleefully R-rated. But there’s a big difference between showing whatever bodily fluids you can and breaking down social and moral taboos. Today’s comedies are breaking barriers of some kind, but films from the ’70s and ’80s often told jokes that are vastly more shocking and offensive now, primarily because they didn’t seem quite so offensive back in the day. Our below list of 30 Comedy Movies That Could Never Get Made Today, which are listed chronologically, includes plenty of offenders.

Blazing Saddles (1974)

In the mid-’70s, Mel Brooks shook up the state of Hollywood comedies with Blazing Saddles, a wild parody of the Western genre. If there’s any doubt this film couldn’t be made today, the opening scene after the credits, in which the n-word is thrown around with heedless abandon, should confirm it. Blazing Saddles is well-known for an iconic but gross sequence in which a group of cowboys sit around the campfire and let a bunch of farts rip, but it’s also got scenes where bandits are hired based on how terrible their crimes have been. (When the chief bad guy points out that one bandit listed “rape” twice in his, uh, qualifications, the bandit replies blithely, “I like rape.”) As frequently savvy as the script (credited in part to Richard Pryor) is, none other than Brooks himself has acknowledged that the film could never be made today to Variety: “We have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy.” Whether that latter point is true, he’s right about one thing: There’s no way this movie would exist now.

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Kids and raunchy humor don’t automatically go together, but they can still find their way into the mainstream.

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