Christina Applegate’s Mom Goes “Cruising” For Al Pacino!
OK, it’s “Cult Movie Monday”, so here is a GREAT movie anecdote for you! First, I am a big fan of the bawdy 2016 comedy “Bad Moms” – the cast is hilarious, the story takes a female point of view on all things “MOM” – including disgusting husbands and annoying kids – and everyone involved seems to be having a blast!
Meet The Real Moms!
Better yet, the film ends on a terrific note: over closing credits, the cast is shown in individual interviews with their real-life Moms, candidly discussing the “bad” things their real-life Mothers did to their daughters when they were growing up.
Mila Kunis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate all have funny and warm conversations with their Moms, but the best is when Applegate tells her “Cruising” story!
Christina explains that her Mom took her to the movies: but this time is was the controversial R-rated thriller “Cruising” – and Christina was 9 years old! Yes, Christina Applegate’s Mom took her 9-year old daughter to see THIS movie:
Literally “Cruising” For A Bruising!
If you don’t know what “Cruising” is all about, well, it was one of 1980’s most shocking movies!
“Cruising” was a very controversial thriller directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino…so how did Christina end up in the theater with her Mom watching Al Pacino doing this?
The “Bad Moms” stars share the screen in the closing credits of the film with their real-life mothers – and it is here where Christina Applegate mentions that her mother took her to see this Al Pacino film when she was 9 years old. How did that happen? Easy!
The Actor’s name is a hilarious punchline in the credits, as Christina’s Mom explains that she loved Al Pacino, so when his latest film came out in 1980, off she went with her daughter in tow to see it, without paying any attention to what the film was about – and here’s what she saw!
So here is what a young Christina Applegate was exposed to in “Crusing”: a cop, played by Al Pacino, goes undercover in New York’s lurid gay bondage and S&M scene to uncover a killer.
Check out the trailer for this controversial thriller:
The film is explicitly violent, and also features some of the hardest sexual content you will see in an R-rated film at that time…
The gay community protested the film at the time, with pickets outside some theaters. It’s a shocking film, and certainly way more than any young girl should see. So why did Christina’s Mom take her to see it?
Christina laughs as she explains that her Mom was a huge Al Pacino fan – so of course she would see any film he was in, and take her daughter along with her! Her Mom had NO idea how rough the film was, and as Christina is telling this story, you suddenly hear:
Her Mom blurts out the Actors name as an explainer for her parenting choice – it was “Al Pacino!”
Bravo to the entire cast of “Bad Moms” for a very funny movie hit! All of the closing credit discussions are hilarious, but the Al Pacino stuff is classic!
“Cruising” Director William Friedkin made some of the greatest films of the modern era, such as “The French Connection”, “The Exorcist” and “Sorcerer.”
Friedkin is a fearless Director, and he wrote a book about his Hollywood adventures.
Here is his terrific Autobiography:
Of course, he made the scariest film of all time, didn’t he?
I love this film – shocking and horrific, and of course one of the most memorable horror moments of all time, when young Regan “turns her head” to look at who entered the room:
Here is some terrific “Exorcist” trivia:
Thanks to Christina Applegate’s Mom for keeping “Cruising” alive for a new generation!
Hope you enjoyed this “Cult Movie Monday!”