21 Things Movies Constantly Get Wrong, Based On Real-Life Knowledge
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Have you ever watched a movie and been pulled out of the experience because the characters did something that was so absurdly unrealistic, based on what you know from your own experiences? Reddit user u/StoryTraditional1394 asked the question, "What movie scene was super exaggerated or wrong based on your own knowledge?" and let's just say there are a lot of smart people in the world who just aren't falling for these movie tricks.
1. "When a police team shows up to a crime scene and touches things and contaminates the crime scene. I promise that if someone came and just started touching things in real life, they would probably become the murder victim courtesy of the forensics team."
2. "Any scene depicting a grenade explosion. It's always portrayed as a giant fireball. The reality is that grenades, while lethal, are not that impressive visually."
3. "When movies based in San Francisco or New York City feature a character pulling up their car and parking right in front of their apartment building."
4. "Every time someone in a movie cuts their own hair with a knife or kitchen scissors without a mirror, they somehow reappear in the next scene with a decent haircut. That bothers me so much as a hairstylist."
5. "Climbing through ductwork to escape from anywhere will not work."
6. "The way diabetes is depicted in films. In real life, high blood sugar is rarely a medical emergency. Low blood sugar is definitely a medical emergency, but you don't want to give someone their insulin. If you give them insulin when they are low, you've just made it worse."
7. "Anytime someone 'comes back to life' and is immediately conscious and awake. In real life, there is no quick wake-up as if nothing ever happened. It may take days or weeks for a revived person to regain consciousness."
8. "Gun silencers aren't nearly as quiet as most movies make them seem. The bang will still be loud, just not 'deafen everyone standing nearby' loud. Movies make it seem as if you can sneak around a base picking people off and nobody will notice."
9. "Almost all war movies where an explosion goes off within 10 feet of someone, it throws them around, and they continue running. Their organs would be liquefied, and bits of shrapnel would finish the job."
10. "When your water breaks in real life, it just mean you're currently in labor. When your water breaks on TV, it means the baby is actively being born."
11. "When productions try to represent what a therapy session is like. No two therapists or patients are the same, so maybe some therapists do practice like in the movies, but the ethical boundaries, or just 'frowned upon things' that therapists say and do onscreen, are so unrealistic."
12. "When singers decide on the spot which song they're going to sing and they just expect the band to start up and follow along. Bands need music, whether it's full-blown sheet music or just lead sheets. They need something!"
13. "Most young teen 'bully' scenes. I was bullied a lot, and even I know that very few people are ever that outright mean or sarcastic. Kids are passive aggressive with their bullying, and even when they're loud about it, they aren't 'Whatever, major loser'/snap-in-the-face about it like on Disney Channel."
14. "Anytime anyone does CPR. If you're doing it right, you're using your whole body with enough force to break a rib. I understand why actors don't want to do that, but I see them with bent elbows and it just instantly breaks any immersion I have."
15. "Any military movie where there's constant action. Real military life is 95% sitting around or prepping for an assignment."
16. "Anytime a normal person is driving a normal car and the tires screech whenever they stop or start. I mean, sure, that happens when somebody is making a speedy getaway or something, but I doubt Betty in her Toyota Camry is going to come to a screeching stop in her driveway on her way home from work."
17. "Corsets in movies and shows are always depicted as a painful tool of the patriarchy, when that's not always true. Corsets do not hinder your breathing, since tight lacing (making your waist significantly smaller) was actually uncommon. Also, you would never wear a corset on bare skin, so it wouldn't cut into your back."
18. "Every movie ever where the hero stops nuclear Armageddon. It takes more than unplugging the console to stop the mobilization of the entire US nuclear arsenal."
19. "Almost every movie journalist is terrible. In the movies, no one ever writes objectively, which would get you in trouble. In real life, going undercover is a thing you do not do because it is highly unethical, and you never sleep with a source."
20. "Any high school scene where all the students show up an hour before school starts, the sun is out, and everyone is just hanging around having a good time right before homeroom (which is usually around 7:30 a.m.). Bonus points if, before arriving at school, the teen is sitting down for a full breakfast with their whole family, everyone completely dressed for work and school."
21. "Any scene involving computer hacking or digital forensics. Most of it can be summed up as, 'Oh, there's a firewall.' Clickety clackety. 'Okay, I'm in.' Or, 'This disk is triple encrypted using a hyper-secure algorithm.' Clickety clackety. 'Okay, I'm in.' It would not be that quick or easy."
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.