Movies Insist This Is Normal – 24 Things that Never Happen in Real Life

Movies aren’t real life. They have to be entertaining and keep to a budget. But sometimes, the characters do things that are so unbelievable it ruins the illusion. One person asked, “What is something you often see in movies that is so unrealistic it annoys you?” Here are the top 24 responses.

Surviving A Long Fall

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“They’re always okay so long as they land in some water!”

“It’s not just water; characters survive landing on cars, tables, or anything that breaks when they land on it.”

“Or just land in any dumpster without knowing anything about its contents (medical waste, 10,000 broken mirrors, etc.), and you will walk away without a scratch.”

Empty Coffee Cups

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“My dad and I have a pet peeve when actors are lazily flinging around coffee cups that clearly have NOTHING in them. You even get that hollow high-pitched clack sound when they put them down on a table!”

“I hate seeing that. I mean, can’t you put water or something IN the cup so people don’t fling them around? It always throws me out of the story.”

Enhancing Images

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“Yes, like license plates, for example. No, you can’t enhance that grainy image to get a number if there’s not enough data in the original image.”

“The most ridiculous is when they say enhance, and it even appears at a different but more beneficial angle.”

“Glad to know this is unrealistic cause I always wondered how it was that easy.”

Easily Knocking People Unconscious

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“Apparently, there’s a magic switch button in the back of the head that makes people stay unconscious for like half an hour if you hit it.”

“If you stay unconscious long enough for a bad guy to drive you across the city and tie you to a chair in some abandoned house, chances are you are not waking up, at least not as a functional human.”

Drivers Not Watching The Road

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“When they’re driving, and they don’t pay attention to the road, it gives me anxiety watching scenes like that. Please just look at the road.”

“Yes! Also, when they’re driving and cause a crash by looking at someone in the seat behind them for a length of time that no one who’s driven a car even once would ever do.”

Too Much Or Too Little Hair Growth

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“Man spends 15 days in the jungle and grows a beard. A woman spends 500 days in the jungle and does not have armpit hair.”

“This is true and reminds me why I hate apocalypse/ zombie movies; because all of a sudden, magically, no woman ever has her period or hairy legs.”

Intelligent People Know About EVERYTHING

Intelligent People Know About EVERYTHING
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“If someone is smart, they are smart in everything. A smart rocket scientist will also know everything about monkeys, snakes, ancient history, and coding.”

“Yes! There is a nice detail in Primer where Aaron says he doesn’t know much about cell phone technology when his phone rings.”

“Shout out to every scientist in the Arrowverse!”

Standing Under The Shower When They Turn It On

Standing Under The Shower When They Turn It On
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“Like it doesn’t come out ice cold for a couple of seconds.”

“And if they do turn the water on first before getting in, there’s a murderer in the house for sure. And the bathroom instantly fills with steam even if the door is open.”

“I dated a Brazilian girl who did this. In Rio, the groundwater was always warm. So, that initial blast was more like a refreshingly cool rinse than an ice attack.”

Bullets Don’t Penetrate

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“People flip over a wooden table or dive behind a couch, and by some miracle, it actually stops the bullet.”

“Cars are a huge one; they are practically paper against conventional small-arms caliber rounds. Nowadays, even the chassis is aluminum instead of steel; some are even plastic! A rifle bullet would tear through the door, anyone in the car, and into the seats.”

Shooting Keypads To Gain Entry

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“Need a locked door open? Shoot the keypad. Need an unlocked door locked? Shoot the keypad!”

“If violence doesn’t solve your problem, you aren’t using enough of it!”

“Just like killing power to get through a security door. Electric door locks require electricity to be unlocked. Cutting the power will make things worse.”

Nice Homes On Low Wages

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“A young bachelor working in a basic retail job has his own nice apartment in a fashionable district in the center of a major city. Sure.”

“Scott Lang living in that house in SF is the most unrealistic scenario in the MCU.”

“Right! A young 20-something able to take two years off for an unpaid internship in Paris has a view of the Eiffel Tower.”

Not Finishing Off The Bad Guy

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“When the protagonist knocks out the bad guy who’s holding a gun and then leaves them there still with the gun. At least throw it in a hedge or something!”

“If you’re fighting a maniac who’s trying to kill you, and you somehow get the momentary upper hand and stun them, don’t just run away and let them recover. Press the attack! Stomp their face into a puddle of goo if you need to; you’ll never have a better opportunity to end this than right now!”

Hanging By One Arm

Hanging By One Arm
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“When someone is hanging onto a ledge with one hand while holding another’s full weight with their other hand. Like, I can’t even support myself hanging from one hand.”

“I’ve tried it out after seeing it in movies. I would plummet to my death instantly.”

“I can’t even support myself. It’s just physics.”

Drawing Blood From Their Hand

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“When someone makes a blood sacrifice by slicing their entire palm open with a huge cut. Then they just lightly wrap some cloth around it and go on using it as normal.”

“That hand would be entirely useless for a while. Plus, I’ve had small hand injuries that bled a shockingly large amount. A deep cut of that size across the palm would result in a big wound.”

Microphone Feedback

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“Every time someone’s about to speak into a microphone, there’s feedback!”

“Some of these are lazy filmmaking, but this is yet another example of using auditory queues to enrich the experience as if we are all blind.”

“As a live sound engineer, this one annoys me to no end. And then suddenly, once they start talking, the audio is crystal clear, as if there’s no PA system at all!”

Elevator Hatches

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“I’ve never been in an elevator that has a hatch in the roof. Ever. There’s one in every film! Is this a thing in American elevators?”

“I got stuck in an elevator once, and the first thing I did was look up for the hatch. Nope, nothing there, and I’m not entirely sure what I would have done even if there was.”

“I’m sure certain tools are required, and you have to remove the light fixtures first.”

The Same Conversation Across Different Locations

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“When two characters are having a conversation in location A, then the movie cuts to location B and the conversation continues as if the time getting from A to B didn’t exist.”

“There’s a hilarious YouTube skit that makes fun of this and shows the awkward downtime as the two dudes move between locations while discussing a heist plan.”

Racking A Shotgun

Racking A Shotgun
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“When they rack a shotgun to prove they ‘mean business.’ If you’re in a situation where you have a shotgun pointed at someone, why isn’t it already racked? It annoys me every time I see it.”

“This bugs me too. Sometimes they did already rack it earlier, so shouldn’t it be ejecting a round? Oh well; they have to feed that one back in, I guess.”

Borrowed Clothes Being A Perfect Fit

Borrowed Clothes Being A Perfect Fit
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“When someone finds themselves nude and has to steal someone else’s clothes, and that person just so happens to be their exact size of clothes and shoes!”

“Like Indiana Jones when he knocks out the short guard in the submarine hangar.”

“Austin Powers satires this when he and Vanessa follow a tall chap and large lady into the toilets, then emerge in perfectly fitting outfits.”

High School Messaging

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“Every pupil in the school’s on the same group chat, except the person they’re bullying, and they all check their phone immediately when something embarrassing is posted.”

“I always laughed at all those teen dramas that had the entire school get an embarrassing picture of the main character in a second. I barely had my friends’ numbers, and I definitely didn’t know anyone that wasn’t in my class.”

Always Needing To Do U-turns

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“Whenever someone is driving somewhere important and decides to go somewhere else instead, there is always the dramatic U-turn in traffic; it’s never somewhere that is already on their route.”

“The sudden and dramatic U-turn with no traffic is the classic. I get it, it doesn’t really translate well on screen if it’s along the same route, but it’s still stupid.”

Old-fashioned Video Game Sound-effects

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“All video games sound like old arcade games. And people move their hands and bodies way too much while playing them.”

“They choose old sound effects because modern video games’ sound is mixed as well as movie sound, so it’s jarring to have conflicting sound/music when ultimately the only thing the audience needs to know is that the character is playing video games.”

Obvious Hiding Places

Obvious Hiding Places
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“When they hide from intruders in an obvious spot like under the bed or in a closet. The bad guy enters the room and doesn’t bother to look in the obvious place or is distracted a second before looking and just exits the room without checking.”

“Bending down is so much work, though. Especially if you have to prostrate to see under the bed. Who’s got time for that?”

A Convenient Queue Of Attackers

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“Where ONE person fights with A WHOLE GROUP and knocks ALL OF THEM out one by one because they wait for their turn to get hit instead of fighting at the same time.”

“And when it’s their turn, they run at the good guy with their gun out only to get it kicked out of their hand. Like stand back and shoot at them; why are you running at someone with a gun?

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