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27 Lies Every Movie And TV Show Told You About High School

*looks like I'm 12 when I'm a senior in high school*

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what things TV and movies always get wrong about being a teenager. Here are the painfully real results.

1. First of all, teens in pop culture are always played by older actors, which means you'll never, ever look like them.

Paramount Pictures / Sarah Wainschel

2. And their faces are so smooth and flawless, while yours is full of acne and braces.

Fox / Touchstone Pictures

3. Teens in movies and TV shows never have to worry about money, despite the fact that they don't even have jobs.

Paramount Pictures

All they do is go to the mall and buy coffee! Where is all this money coming from?!


4. And their appearances magically change after brushing their hair or going away for the holidays.

Walt Disney Productions


5. And in TV/movies, evvvvveryone likes you and wants to be your friend after you hit puberty, as if a spell is cast and broken.



6. For some reason, teens have hours of free time before school starts.

Warner Bros. Pictures

How the h*ck did Sam work a full shift at the diner before homeroom?!


7. And don't even get me started on how teens are somehow able to grab coffee and a full breakfast before school starts at 7:30 A.M.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Seriously, how?!


8. No matter what, it's always light outside when they wake up and get to school, but in reality it's pitch black in the morning.

Walt Disney Productions

9. It's also crazy that teens in movies and TV always fight with their parents... AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

The CW


10. As a result, no teen in the history of cinema has ever had a curfew.

The CW / Universal Pictures

For some reason it's totally fine to stay out until 3 A.M. and get drunk with your friends.


11. The parties in movies are so crazy, with endless kegs and bottles of liquor. After all, you don't need to worry about IDs, money, parents, or the law when you're a high school student in a movie.

Columbia Pictures

12. And it wouldn't be a party without 400 of your closest friends. *shouts in the hallway that your parents are out of town and the whole school is invited*

The CW / Buena Vista Pictures

13. Literally every single person has die-hard school spirit in movies, but in real life there's only, like, five people who semi-care.

Disney Channel

14. Let's be real: Who REALLY wears high heels and short skirts to school? Good luck walking up three flights of stairs to class.

Paramount Pictures

15. TV and movies always make it seem like everyone is in a relationship, and you should feel bad for being single.


In reality, most people are single in high school!


16. And apparently dating and prom are the most important parts of high school.

Fox 2000 Pictures

Who cares about getting good grades, dealing with anxiety, or trying to figure out who you are as a person?


17. And sex is often portrayed as a glorious, magical event that everyone experiences, when in reality it's awkward as hell and may not even happen in your teens! And that's okay!

Columbia Pictures

18. Somehow every male student in TV has abs that are sharp enough to grate cheese, a beautiful singing voice, and the vocabulary of a genius.

The CW

19. And every female student has perfect hair and always looks like the "after" photo from a magazine cover shoot.

Freeform / NBC

20. It's also impossible for teens in movies to have more than one or two best friends, as if large friend groups – or not having any friends at all – don't exist.


21. If something embarrassing happens to the main character, it somehow gets sent to the entire school, like there's a master list with everyone's phone numbers that's readily available.

Warner Bros. Pictures

But in reality you only have, like, three different phone numbers because of a group project you all did together seven months ago.


22. In movies, teens only care about petty drama. They'd never concern themselves with the real world or things that don't revolve around who's sleeping with who.

Paramount Pictures


23. There are also a bunchhhh of stereotypes that aren't true. FYI: Being a cheerleader doesn't make you mean or stuck-up, being a nerd doesn't make you uncool, and being a jock doesn't make you stupid.


24. There's also a hidden rule in movies/TV where, as soon as you turn 16, you magically receive your own car and credit card.

ABC Family / 20th Century Fox

Not to mention all those handbags, which somehow have enough room to fit all your school books!


25. And in movies, students continuously talk and text during class, and they even run out of the room for an “emergency,” but the teachers never care.

Disney Channel

Try doing that in real life without getting a detention.


26. It's also more common to see Bigfoot than it would be to see a student do ANY homework in a TV show or movie.

Paramount Pictures

Do they go to a special progressive school that doesn't assign any? Jealous.


27. And of course the most unrealistic thing is that high school dress codes don't exist in TV shows and movies. #RIP everyone's spaghetti straps in real life.

Paramount Pictures


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