In 1994, Walt Disney Pictures produced a PG comedy called “Blank Check” about an 11-year-old boy who gets into a bike accident with an escaped convict and ends up with $1 million.
Though the movie is generally fun in a classic ’90s fashion, with tons of hijinks and corny jokes, there’s one small problem: The 11-year-old main character’s love interest is an adult woman.
The 1994 film has recently found itself back in the spotlight now that it’s available to stream on Disney Plus. On TikTok, user therjpowell recorded a now-viral video addressing the controversial kissing scene in the movie, calling it “cringey.”
“Tell me why Disney thought it was OK to leave this movie on Disney Plus,” therjpowell asks.
Though the entire concept of an 11-year-old falling in love with a grown woman is troubling, therjpowell calls out one problematic scene in particular in his video: the one where the 11-year-old and the grown woman — an FBI agent named Shay — actually kiss on the mouth.
Tiktokers were incredibly disturbed by this scene, especially following the revelation that the actors in the film were 12 and 31 during filming.
“WHEN I TELL YOU MY JAW DROPPED AT THE END,” one person said.
“I SAW THIS MOVIE A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I WAS ENRAGED!!!” another person commented.
“Disney… WHAT ARE YOU DOINNNN???” a third person asked.
When the film came out in ’94, the Chicago Tribune called it “one of the sleazier movies ever marketed to kids.”
“With its contrived plot, its MTV-inspired montages and its blatant shilling for products, it is film as hard sell, and it comes with a decidedly suspect warranty,” the zero-star review reads. “Its mercantile instincts are so primary it looks like an infomercial … Such a movie for children (from Disney yet) is a scary sign that Hollywood’s sensibilities are so out of whack there is no ethical bedrock left.”
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