People Break Down Which Movies Have Aged Poorly As Time Goes On

Film historians and cinephiles claim many Turner Classic Movies transcend time and perpetually prompt renewed interest through successive generations.

There are arguably classic films like The Wizard of Oz (1939), All About Eve (1950), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Sunset Blvd. (1950), and The Godfather (1972), that are still being revisited and validated as some of the best cinema to this day.

Some films, however, eventually fell out of favor among moviegoers despite initially receiving critical acclaim and prestigious film awards.

Curious to hear examples of outdated movies once heralded as an instant "classic," Redditor Chance_in_Pants asked:

"What is a movie that has aged poorly?"

Some concepts just don't work anymore.

​Future End Date

"The movie about the world ending in 2012."

– Sensitivenotsoft

Kermit Tampers With History

"The 1990s (I think) Muppets movie where someone shows Kermit what the world would be like if Kermit was never born. I think it fast forwards to NYC 2002 and in the movie, the Twin Towers were still standing, so canonically Kermit being born somehow caused 9/11"

– MemeGuyOnReddit

Another Possession

"The Last Exorcism. Made obsolete by The Last Exorcism 2."

– tafkat

Outdated FX

"The new Jurassic world films already look more out of date than the original."

– BeneficialName9863

There are certain rom-com storylines that are now perceived as controversial.

Manipulating The Teacher

"Never Been Kissed."

"drew barrymore posing as a teenager and having a relationship w the teacher who gets MAD when he finds out shes not a teenager and is his age, then we're just supposed to smooth it over at the end."

– sungirlie

Creeps Always Win

"The entire sub-genre of romantic comedy that can be described as 'stalker gets the girl.'"

– brinazee

Waking Sleeping Beauty

"Passengers fits this description 100%"

– jts5039

"I know this is said a lot, but that film would’ve been the perfect horror movie if you followed Jennifer Lawrence’s perspective from the start."

– Big_Noodle1103


"40 days and 40 Nights."

"No one lives like that in San Francisco or works at a tech firm designing websites to make money like that..."

"But most importantly, that ending would not fly."

– SuddenlyThirsty

The following examples would never work today.


"Benjamin Button."

– ComputerSong

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