Movies and TV shows provide a perfect setting for escapism with their twisting plots, colorful characters, and captivating stories (also the abundance of on-screen hotties). But not all the situations are relatable, as well as certain depictions of daily things that are not quite close to reality. Whether it’s the continuity department not paying too much attention to certain details, or it happening by sheer accident and focus getting directed to more important plot points—spectators will point out numerous unrealistic details. But we all know it’s a quest to find a parking place right in front of your house, how practically impossible it is guessing other people's passwords correctly in less than 3 goes, or that there’s no point in believing in the existence of fresh-out-of-college young and aspiring artists immediately landing a huge flat in a prime area of LA.

r/AskReddit—a place for asking and answering various questions—recently inquired about "What happens in movies or TV that seems to be normal and you think to yourself ’that is not what people in real life do?’" And below are the pretty spot-on answers that will make you look twice at some scenes of the movie or TV show you’re currently watching.

More info: Reddit

#1

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) (Hands someone a burner phone.)

"Keep this on you day and night. It rings, you betta answer."

"Okay. Do you have the charger?"

"The what?"

"This phone, did it come with a charger? It's not USB. It has one of those cylindrical ports, like on an old Nokia."

"Look pal..."

"Hey, you're the one giving out phones. It's charged now. How did you charge it?"

llcooljessie , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol

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#2

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Women can be in the jungle for weeks, and they don't have hair growing anywhere. Men immediately begin to grow a beard.

Dream_babe , Unsplash Report

Priscilla Reshell
Community Member
2 months ago

Or what are the women using for their periods?

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#3

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Young singles living in million dollar condos that overlook the city.

kwinner7 , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

You can only dream...sigh

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#4

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) When women run around in heels with perfect hair and makeup, and the dirt and sweat makes their hair and makeup look even better.

Looking at you, Jurassic World.

ISeeMusicInColor , Universal Pictures Report

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
2 months ago

"Looking at you, Jurassic World." ahahaha

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#5

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Everyone has 1 paper bag for groceries. And it has a celery stalk and loaf of french bread sticking out the top.

ArachnidBeneficial61 , Unsplash Report

Sheena Catalina
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I think the celery is actually permanently stuck to the bag :D

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#6

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Answers phone:

"Hello? (listens to the caller for one second)... what do you mean Tim got kidnapped by a drug cartel while he was shopping with his family in his trip to South America?"

Casper_Arg , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

They are quick learners.

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#7

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Preparing a huge five-star breakfast (pancakes, waffles, fruit, biscuits, oatmeal, omelette, etc.) that no one eats; I don't even understand why that's a thing in movies and TV shows.

RefinedJoker , Universal Pictures Report

BlueRasberry
Community Member
2 months ago

*grabs a single piece of toast* "Thanks mom, gotta run!"

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#8

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) No one using a computer ever uses a mouse. It’s just constant, frantic typing.

Santos_L_Halper_II , Unsplash Report

*me*
Community Member
2 months ago

I use a rat. You’re just jealous

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#9

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Whenever a simple miscommunication happens, no ever stops and clarifies with the other person. Like if one 10 sec conversation can derail an entire plot thread im not interested.

bleedsdaylight121 , Unsplash Report

*me*
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

movie plots could easily be averted by common sense smh

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#10

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Having highly confidential conversations about 4 foot away from the people they are talking about, and not being overheard.

Goose-rider3000 , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol so true!

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#11

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) In horror movies, everyone runs upstairs. If there was something chasing you wouldn’t head for the door to get outside? Also you’re creeped out in the house but you never turn on the light?

Horrorwriterme , Flickr Report

That person
Community Member
2 months ago

And buying the house after hearing that it's haunted

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#12

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) One thing that drives me berserk in movies is when someone is driving and talking to their passenger. They refuse to keep their eyes on the road and insist on making prolonged eye contact with the person next to them. In the movies this often means a jump-scare car crash is about to happen.

I'd like to say that's unrealistic but my mom used to drive that way all the time. I hated going anywhere with her.

RonPolyp , Miramax Report

Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Aarrrghhhh! Yess! This!

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#13

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Girl vomiting = pregnant

Someone hiccoughs = drunk

Someone coughing = seriously ill

MrSpotgold , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Seriously!

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#14

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Find a parking spot right in front of their building.

irishamerican , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

THIS IS THE LEAST LIKELY ONE!

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#15

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Guessing the passwords of other people correctly

Transitionals , Flickr Report

Pilot Chick
Community Member
2 months ago

I can’t even guess my own password half the time.

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#16

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) School buses honking and waiting for kids that are still in the house. If I wasn’t at the bus stop when the bus arrived, it would drive on by. It didn’t stop. It didn’t honk. It didn’t wait.

DannyC990 , Unsplash Report

Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

My kids bus pulls up out front, honks if hes not outside and when he drops him off he calls if no adult is waiting at the door for him

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#17

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Always talking all clever and witty, without uhhh stuttering, or ummm.... pausing to think about what you're going to say, or never forgetting what you were about to say, what else was I going to say? I forgot.

There are only two movies with realistic dialogue: Napoleon Dynamite and the Big Lebowski

elf-pudding , Fox Searchlight Report

Chillace
Community Member
2 months ago

you forgot voice cracks

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#18

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Being a young, aspiring artist/writer/actor living alone in a nice, spacious apartment in a prime area of a big city like New York or LA.

SDFDuck , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Sigh...

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#19

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Go to bed wearing full make-up

Haunting-Aardvark709 , Unsplash Report

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
2 months ago

That happens, you just never wake up with it still pristine like in the movies...

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#20

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Getting hit over the head and knocked out........then just waking up later on and acting like they just have a small hangover.

scottiebass , 20th Century Fox Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

"Yeah, i'm fine. Another round of darts?"

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#21

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Be a struggling writer while living in a multi-million dollar mansion. That one always puzzles me.

Or, a family moves into an expensive house, but neither parent has a job lined up yet. Yeah, how'd that loan approval process go, you frauds? You can't tell me they could all pay cash...

sump___erson , Unsplash Report

eezycheezes101
Community Member
2 months ago

"Yeah, how'd that loan approval process go, you frauds?" LMAO

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#22

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Come over to a friend's place, stay there for all of 30 seconds to talk about something plot-relevant, and then just leave right away.

fd1760 , Warner Bros Report

Sheena Catalina
Community Member
2 months ago

Unless you live right across the hall

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#23

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) On the phone making plans: “ok, meet me at 5?” “sure.” And that’s the whole plan. Where are you meeting? Planning to meet someone in a public place never goes this smoothly

bees_knees5628 , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

No, never noticed this lol

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#24

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) When they knock on the door or ring the doorbell and someone opens it within 2 seconds

iwtoblv , Warner Bros Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Please explain to the Amazon delivery driver who then starts banging the door two seconds after ringing the door bell

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#25

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) End a call and hang up the phone without saying goodbye.

ShermanKrebbs , Unsplash Report

Wonder Woman 848
Community Member
2 months ago

In the words of Stephanie Tanner (or Gibler, did she take Jimmy's last name?): HOW RUDE!

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#26

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Dreaming of kissing a beautiful woman, but actually you're just being licked by a f****** animal

I_Am_Terry , Unsplash Report

tomruns12
Community Member
2 months ago

My dog licks my feet to wake me up in the morning. Luckily it hasn't ever merged with any of my dreams.

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#27

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Typing keyboard furiously to hack in seconds

Transitionals , Unsplash Report

Sheena Catalina
Community Member
2 months ago

that my friend is called a brute-force attack :D

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#28

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) The amount of ultimatums in "romantic" movies is appalling. No real relationship can last if you're at the point of an ultimatum, you're just putting a dysfunctional relationship on life support for another week or two.

People don't stop doing stupid s***, they just learn to hide it from you better.

TemptCiderFan , Unsplash Report

Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

Every movie now wether its action or romance is always about lying and keeping secrets

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#29

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Taking turns talking. Like in cop shows when one cop begins an explanation, then the next one picks up the story at a seamlessly convenient spot, then the third adds, “but...” and throws in some more.

No one in real life has ever talked like that.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Criminal minds!!! The plot is great most of the times but the way they speak is obviously scripted and ridiculous! Taking turns really fast like no thinking at all, like they are saying a poem!!!

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#30

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Wake up at 6am no matter what time of year and it is bright and sunny.

peoplecallmeamy , Unsplash Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

I wish...

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#31

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Every time anyone sneezes people assume they're sick, like don't they ever get random sneezes

jatinvj-sumba-d-else , Unsplash Report

ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
2 months ago

people do that in real life now...everything is corona apparently...even allergies...ffs

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#32

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) putting baby in a playpen when your friend visits and said baby doesn’t scream.

dudettte , Flickr Report

N G
Community Member
2 months ago

YMMV, my niece would go in her playpen for visitors with no fuss.

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#33

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) In the show Workin' Moms, there's an office meeting where people sit down, do the jokes and plot points, and then adjourn the meeting.

At no point do they talk about anything related to work. What was the meeting for?

aintnufincleverhere , CBC Report

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

For jokes and plot points, duh.

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#34

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) When they are playing video games and just turn off the tv. Lol

CJroo18 , Unsplash Report

Wonder Woman 848
Community Member
2 months ago

MOM! I DIDN'T SAVE!

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#35

Happens-Movies-TV-Normal-Real-Life (Closed) Soldiers running towards the enemy instead of hanging back and setting up suppressing fire

HECUMARINE45 , Unsplash Report

Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

"Squad Cannon Fodder, attack!"

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