A lot of us love to watch movies and TV shows as it helps to escape reality for a little while. But what if the things that are portrayed in the movies are so far from reality that it even makes it annoying to watch the rest of the movie? Someone online was curious to know these annoying little things that look so good on the screen but are actually nearly impossible to do or just don’t work that way in real life, so they asked Reddit users to share their remarks. The question “What looks fun in movies, but in real life is miserable?” received 6.5k answers that included things such as laying in tall grass, having to perform CPR on someone, or portraying difficult professions as an easy and cool job. Which one of these things mentioned do you find true? Or maybe there is something that is missing from this list? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments down below!

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#1

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online High school

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Joerct Drew
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why isn't this no. 1? I had to drop ut of 2 high schools due to mental health issues, and high school was one of the biggest reasons.

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#2

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online CPR. on TV it's just a fun cutesy little water coughing thing that you recover from immediately and in real life it involves breaking ribs and maybe dying anyway

CockDaddyKaren , Clyde Robinson Report

#3

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Getting knocked out with a blow to the head.

Movies: like waking up from a nap.

Real life: pain, headache, problems for months if not years.

Diocletion-Jones , Presidencia de la República Mexicana Report

A girl
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah. Concussion in 2017. Self inflicted, don't ask. Its 2022 and I still have issues with vertigo.

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#4

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Sleeping in the tall grass. I'm sure you've seen the memes but in reality, those fields would be infested with bugs and they'd more than likely bite you

SpongeRobTheKing , Roy Luck Report

#5

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online “Nightclubs.”

“What?!”

“Nightclubs, in the movies. It looks cool. You meet friends there, instead of grumpy strangers, and you have fun group interactions.”

“What?!”

financewiz , Aiko Konishi Report

Nathaniel
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"I SAID THE MUSIC IS TOO LOUD, I CANNOT HEAR YOU!"

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#6

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online A feature-length romantic drama filled with conflict and angst that, in real life, could've been resolved with 5 minutes of discussion and a phone call.

anon , Iain Watson Report

Raumpfleger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh yeah! Paired with these movie scenes where someone tries to announce the most important news which would resolve the whole situation and doesn't get to it.

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#7

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Digging a hole. Cartoons make it look so easy and quick. In reality hours of back-breaking work will get you six inches down.

emsot , Alabama Extension Report

Eat Dirt Crow
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here in Colorado the soil is so hard that even a gas powered post hole digger gives up after about 10 inches. (Insert joke about girlfriend named post hole digger here)

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#8

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Hanging off a cliff with one hand, attempting to pull yourself up.....while someone else is hanging on you also

saviBat , a.dombrowski Report

#9

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Shooting a gun indoors with no ear protection

brandonfla , Hunting Mark Report

Guile main
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was watching Terminator 2 with my dad and he got annoyed how both a shotgun and pistol were being fired in a tiny elevator, and they were all fine when in reality they would be basically deaf at that point

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#10

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Carrying and drinking hard liquor out of a flask. In movies, it looks kind of normal but in real life, you just look like an alcoholic.

srirachaninja , yoppy Report

Joerct Drew
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's why if I carry my own alcoholic beverages I typically carry them in a normal thermos. Some of those flasks look cool, and as much as I want to carry them I'd rather people not think I'm addicted to alcohol when I'm just trying to enjoy life.

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#11

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Stalking women.

I mean, surprise elaborate romantic gestures from a complete stranger.

(She just calls it "stalking" because she doesn't know me and can't see how romantic and handsome and awesome I am in my head.)

brndm , Marko Polo Report

Bubbles and sparks
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like Joe in You.... that was one creepy serie but quite well played.

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#12

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Elaborate pranks. Great for comedies…and also great way to f**k up relationships.

i_am_gingercus , Wendy White Report

$cagsy
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds of April Fool's Day (1st Apr everyone pranks each other and justifies it by saying 'April Fool's! in the UK) one year. There was this lovely guy who would do anything for anybody in our football team and he got 'fooled' big-style. One of the other lads rang him up and told him he'd run out of petrol about 30 miles from home and could he come and help. Of course, he went and nobody was there. Poor sod. He was jolly cross.

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#13

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Kissing while treading water. Good luck not kicking each other, knocking heads, or getting a mouthful of snot.

cascadiancuddles , Andrew Mitchell Report

#14

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online When superheroes moving at a very very high rate of speed rescue people just in time when in reality if they did that they would probably break the persons back and neck and various other bones and give them brain damage or a concussion from they brain hitting the inside of their skull or just flat out kill them from moving them so quickly from a dead stop.

LordBreedlove , Rodrigo Gomes Report

Nicole Weymann
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sounds like Sheldon judging Superman for making a lumpy jigsaw puzzle of Lois Lane if the movies were realistic

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#15

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Military movies where there is always action happening. Really? Really Hollywood? Are you sure people don't sit around 95% of the time doing nothing?

Dildo-Gankings , Miranda Wood Report

T.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Waiting to rush somewhere and rushing there to wait some more.

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#16

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Montages where they’re working hard, especially if it’s a “glow-up” thing full of exercise and dieting and self-improvement. In reality it kinda sucks. There’s no fast-forward, no silly music.

an_ineffable_plan , Angel de los Rios Report

Ephemeral Mochi
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean, with some earbuds and a pocket-sized device you can get the silly music. Not too sure about the time travel, though

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#17

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Theme parks!! They don't show that you have to wait over an hour+ for the best ride(s) and how expensive the food cost in there.

areYouShippingMe , Larry Syverson Report

Lene
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the overly excited kids with the overly annoyed/stressed out/angry parents. 😬

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#18

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online My dad was a police officer (with a damn straight moral compass, I *know* what you’re thinking.) and he said that it was pretty much 80% paperwork.

haloblasterA259 , Erich Ferdinand Report

Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The movie Hot Fuzz was considered noteworthy because they listened to a cop saying how it's mostly paperwork and you never see that in the movies *so they actually put that in*.

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#19

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Fighting. Srsly, don’t do it. I have six felony charges and can not do anything that I wanted to do in younger years. No one likes an aggressive person. You’re not gonna get any babes, or whatever.

LUST-18 , fsecart Report

Joerct Drew
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It sucks, but if someone starts it defend yourself.

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#20

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Walking away slowly from a nearby explosion

full_bodied_muppet , D4E Report

Nathaniel
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your entire back bleeding from hundreds of cuts caused by flying glass and debris.

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#21

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Fighting on top of a moving train. Always make me think of the Archer episode where he was so excited to fight a guy but soon found out the reality of it really sucks!!

7grendel , David J Report

#22

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Hanging up on people. In movies, it makes you look badass and mysterious. In real life, it makes you look like an inconsiderate a*****e and will prompt a "wtf happenned" callback.

SiriusXAim , Jonas Report

Head_on_a_Stick
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nobody ever says "goodbye" on the phone in films & TV. It's weird. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/may/10/why-do-characters-never-say-bye-on-the-phone

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#23

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Moving, painting and fixing up houses/apartments

Life_Training3137 , Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter Report

Lene
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a weirdo but I love moving! I love to pack everything down and to unpack it all at the new home and putting it in the new spot. 😁 the only thing I hate about moving is getting everything moved from one place to new. I guess you could say that I love moving except the actual move of things. Lol.

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#24

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Conversations. Always have the perfect thing to say and everything flows. A lot of convos in movies would be considered very abnormal in real life if you really picture it.

ModsCantHandleMe , ePi.Longo Report

S Mi
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Realistic dialog doesn't work in media, like movies and books. Much how we don't want a full accounting of every moment of a day, either. It's the high points, important bits, including the conversations. Too much realism gets tedious!

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#25

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Owning an artisan bakery / coffee shop.

rebelallianxe , Vincent Diamante Report

Nathaniel
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Especially good if you are whimsical, not like other girls type.

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#26

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Hacking and software development in general. God I wish it was actually as badass as people make it out to be.

kahzhar-the-blowhard , Kai Hendry Report

Helen Waight
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hacking is always shown to be this big exciting screen of code with a ‘I’m in’ uttered twenty seconds later. In reality it’s a long time trying one attack after another, or trying to lure someone into giving you their password (which is easier than conventional hacking) and why we pay professional companies to test our security.

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#27

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online A vacation with little kids.

Sulfitodecobre , Donnie Ray Jones Report

Lene
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Done that with 3 kids. The two oldest spent a week being EXTREMELY excited about not being at home. The youngest spent the first evening vomiting all our ALL her clothes and my bf's. He had to wear my pants for a day until his own were washed and dried. Lol. But our conclusion to that week: never ever travel again just us 5. Lol

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#28

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Smashing a window with your fist

Manbeard1000 , Henner Zeller Report

Benita Valdez
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got into a little kick watching police body cam videos on YouTube and even with a baton they had to hit it several times before it broke.

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#29

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online Spontaneously breaking into song in the middle of public.

MrSpiffy123 , Chris Amelung Report

Bubbles and sparks
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm oblivious to my surroundings.... when there is a nice song playing in the supermarket, I'll sing and dance, but I do however learned to control the volume and space around me XD

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#30

30 Concepts That Work Just Fine In Movies But Fail To Work In Real Life, As Pointed Out By Folks Online A few people have said fighting, but I feel like it should be specified that *winning* a fight is not a fun experience irl. Most people in actual serious fights aren't gonna have some kind of plot-relevant, narratively satisfying thing on their mind that makes the inevitable bruises/fractures feel like they were worth it for the sake of justice or something, and not just more avoidable suffering that you wish you could've stayed home for instead.

MsHoneytongue , bethom33 Report

Madeleine Flowers
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you win, you'll be happy you're alive, of course, but I have a sneaking suspicion you'll be minorly traumatized at what you had to do to the other person to win. Also, it's gonna hurt. It's gonna REALLY hurt.

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