After “Back to the Future,” I had a massive crush on Lea Thompson, so I was ecstatic when “Howard the Duck” came to theaters a year later. And in fact, I was kind of a big fan of the flick. Hey, cut me some slack, I was like 8. Talking ducks and rock and roll and Lea Thompson…what was not to like at 8?
There’s one scene in the movie that I cannot believe did not generate more controversy back in the day. Today, advocacy groups of every cause imaginable would be climbing over one another to voice their displeasure with the film. And though I thought nothing of it at the time - it’s funny what you will accept as normal or logical when you are a kid, before your innocence has been sucked out by the real world – I have to admit that it’s wildly inappropriate.
Albeit a critical scene, providing a glimpse into the true nature of Howard’s character, exposing his macho front as just that, a front…a false façade, perhaps a defense mechanism for the humanoid duck struggling to be accepted, I’m certain that this scene never would make the big screen in 2013: