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    "John Hughes Must've Grown Up On Mars": People Are Debunking All The Bizarre Myths That Movies Perpetuate About American High School

    "Napoleon Dynamite depicts a much more realistic American high school experience than Bring It On or Mean Girls."

    The topic of how accurate American movies and TV shows are in depicting everyday life in the US is a hot topic on social media recently.

    The other day, u/Many-Guide-8986 asked, "Americans, how true are ‘American high school movies’ compared to real life high school?" Here are some of the best responses:

    1. "The fact that Superbad spent a whole movie trying to obtain alcohol is totally realistic. We absolutely had whole evening adventures trying to get booze, and several people at school had fake Hawaii IDs."

    three teens looking at an ID

    2. "Most high school students don’t tailgate in the parking lot every morning."

    teens in the parking lot taking selfies

    3. "School fights in the movies make it seem like students go at it like prize fighters. In reality, they throw a couple of pathetic punches, grab each other's shirts, and roll around until security breaks them up 25 seconds later."

    4. "Cheerleaders don't actually wear their uniforms 24/7."

    closeup of a cheerleader in uniform

    5. "Cliques aren't as well-defined in real life as they are in movies."

    basketball team

    6. "Parties are more lowkey affairs. They're nothing like those giant 'everyone's coming' events in the movies — unless you know someone with a giant house that can host 100+ students."

    teens sitting on a couch

    7. "There's more truth in Napoleon Dynamite than there is in Bring It On or Mean Girls."

    teens walking an empty hallway

    8. "TV shows make it seem like kids have time to talk in the middle of the day by their lockers. In reality, you're booking it across the building because you have five minutes to go from the first floor, get to your locker on the second floor, and then run all the way across the third floor to your fourth-period class."

    teens at their lockers

    9. "Most American high schools are basically the exact opposite of Euphoria."

    closeup of a teen crying

    10. "We do have active shooter drills. There are a lot of entitled parents. We don't go to school at 10 a.m. — the sun is almost never up until after we arrive. And yes, we do get 2–3 hours of homework most days."

    teen doing homework

    11. "One time, I was walking down the hall with my books in my arms. A random bully slapped them down, sending all my stuff flying everywhere. In a movie, everyone would point and laugh. In reality, the other kids gasped, and a few random students stopped and helped me gather up my things. I remember one girl saying, 'That was so mean.'"

    12. "Most people aren’t that attractive. Most people aren’t in their twenties."

    teens from the show The OC in their graduation gowns

    13. "All my European friends ask if we wear those square hats at graduation and drink from red solo cups at parties. Yes and yes."

    teens in their graduation caps and gowns

    14. "I swear John Hughes must have grown up on Mars or something."

    closeup of two teen girls, one in all black and one in pink

    15. "On TV, all the lockers are huge and at eye level. I remember getting to high school and being disappointed that we had these cubby-sized lockers stacked on top of each other. And they were scattered all over the school in the most inconvenient places."

    teen looking into his locker

    16. "Morning announcements are real and just as ridiculous as the ones on TV and in the movies."

    teen giving an announcement

    17. "Prom is way less of a big deal in real life. And no one really cares who wins prom queen."

    teens arriving to prom

    18. "Friday Night Lights is actually pretty realistic as far as Texas schools go. Football is a religion there. In some cases, a high school head coach could make more than the teachers or even the principal."

    football plaers

    19. And finally, "There are way fewer vampires in real life high schools."

    closeup of bella and edward from twilight

    H/T r/AskReddit

    Some replies have been edited for length and clarity.

    What's a myth about American high schools that needs debunking? Let us know in the comments! 👇