The Olsen Gang
childhood ruined (????) or possibly improved
So there’s this Norwegian comedy film series of 14 films, mainly from the 70s, about a small criminal gang trying to get rich, and their repeated failures. They’re pretty harmless, never use violence, and generally steal from the rich, mostly the government or museums - or other criminals.
It’s good child-friendly fun, very silly, with some Parental Bonus. I grew up watching this stuff, but I’m 30 now, and probably haven’t watched a full movie since I was half my age. So I decided to go on a nostalgia rewatch trip!
TURNS OUT, the first film was not exactly as child-friendly as the later ones
I mean, right from the get-go, they’re basically hanging out in a brothel.
My fav character is engaged to an x-rated actress, and is also her manager. When the leader of the gang gets out of prison, with a brilliant plan, this guy hopes it’s that they produce stuff themselves. (It’s not. It’s museum robbery.)
(Whoops! I’m not sure if they retcon that they have a baby, or if he abandons it and it’s never mentioned again in the later movies.)
And then barely 12 minutes into this movie – this movie from 1969 – a police inspector is in an adult shop, and the lovely lady behind the counter is directing him towards the gay stuff, the lesbian stuff, and the animal stuff. Immediately after this, she sells a small child a Donald Duck comic.
Of course, the non-adult comedy that defines the entire series is definitely still there. Like, there are some pretty ridiculous physical/visual shit.