We’ve all heard about unrealistic Hollywood beauty standards, impossible-to-attain expectations spilled by the actors, and unrealistic film portrayals that sell fiction for the price of reality.

When you think of it, Hollywood is fueled by cinematic stereotypes that often include race, gender, and social status. Think of Asian characters shown as nerdy, super rich people played by almost exclusively white older men, and women characters used as a pillar for main male characters to grow. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Speaking of the other side of Hollywood's pathological deficiency in accuracy, we see many bold stereotypes about life and people of other countries. Like, that Irish people constantly drink beer or that Italy is one huge vineyard. And you may guess how annoying it is for people who actually come from there. So when someone asked “What does Hollywood get wrong about your home country?” people across the world had a whole lot to say, so you'd better watch out, Hollywood, and take notes.

#1

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes That the Americans are always the heroes in an alien invasion. We can't even handle putting a cloth on our faces during a pandemic how tf are we supposed to handle aliens.

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Coleonema
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2 months ago (edited)

Also, if aliens declare war on the whole planet, they aren't just gonna attack one country

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Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Americans are Not actually the voice of reason during a global crisis

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Coleonema
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2 months ago

They aren't and the movies just trick people into believing it

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Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes That all us Irish people are alcoholics. I am actually having a beer at the moment but that's just coincidence. I actually know a guy that doesn't drink, but he is a bit of a weirdo. Bloody Dave

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

This is the funniest caption ever... bloody dave

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#4

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes If it’s summer in the US, then it’s summer in Russia. I’m not a stickler for truth in movies, but dammit, if you’re showing a sunny summer day in a green-as-can-be Central Park in New York, then there can’t be a blizzard over Red Square in Moscow. Come on people... this is like pre-school level science.

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Hey!!! It's always winter in Russia in the movies!!!! Otherwise how would we know it's Russia?

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#5

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes American: Our high school students aren't in their mid to late twenties.

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Something
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2 months ago

Nor are their mothers.

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#6

Not every Russian is a gangster, an alcoholic, a sex worker, or a Babushka. MOST are but not everyone.

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Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

This applies to all Eastern Europeans, really. Most of us are normal people with normal jobs and the representation we get in American movies is so annoying.

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#7

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes That my world changes to sepia once I enter my country

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Mexico... or any latin country lately

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#8

My country is A COUNTRY in Africa

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Coleonema
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2 months ago

We also don't all live in huts and hunt for our food

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#9

No one says, "Oh what a jolly good job mate, splendid show, absolutely spiffing."

It's more like, "Oh you're a funny little w*nker aren't you?"

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Or grotty wee minger :D

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#10

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Not every window have a view on the Eifel Tower. And it's painfully obvious when they go to shoot a vineyard scene in California to pass for French countryside.

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Saint Thomas
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2 months ago (edited)

Appartments in Paris are also f**** expensive. A flat with such a view to the eiffel tower would never be in such a shabby state, and (EDIT, thx Glowworm2, not Remy but) Linguini would never never never ever be able to afford the rent (let alone buy it).

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#11

In italy, there isn't mafia in every city. Only 80% of them.

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Coleonema
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2 months ago

"Only 80% of them"

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#12

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Im australian and i swear every movie I see where a person from america or anywhere else travels to australia they land in sydney or melbourne and its just a few hours drive to “the outback”.

It would take you a day and a half to drive from those places to the outback and that's only if you don't stop to eat/get petrol

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago

This is debatable. If you are talking about outback in NT, sure. But Sydney to somewhere like Broken Hill could be done in half a day.

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#13

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes We don’t all live in London, or talk like cockneys or royalty

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Black Pug Puppy
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2 months ago

Neither are we urchins with a scratchy voice

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#14

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes That we in Southeast Asia conveniently provide the fruit carts that people in hot pursuit can knock over because we are strategically in the way. Dudes, there is always plenty of space to play chase without crashing.

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

But this is how juice is made isn't it /s

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#15

Canada isn't actually just a frozen Tundra where American Heroes can escape to and live in a log cabin off the grid.

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

my life was a lie!

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#16

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Everything, it seems that they think Spain is Mexico

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Americans

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#17

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Most American high schoolers don't go to a school so small that there's a single popular group that everyone knows and cares about.

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Niffler_13
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2 months ago

My graduating class was 120 students.... While we didn't have 1 single popular group, everyone knew everyone.

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#18

German Here. I'll just let you guess....

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Manideepa Banerjee
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't all drink beer and say "Scheisse" all the time? Or are mehanics?

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#19

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes British films often have guns casually yet its very rare to find a gun outside of serious organised crime.

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Something
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2 months ago

Guns are way overrepresented in movies in general compared to how many people use them in real life.

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#20

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes It's not all snake charmers, cows and the Taj Mahal.

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Manideepa Banerjee
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2 months ago

Lmao I agree. They have a weird obsession with curry and women in sarees as well. Also all of us are portrayed as dark and tanned even though theres much lighter people here too

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#21

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes 99% of British people do not talk like they were born in the 18th Century!

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Coleonema
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm curious about that 1% Why do they talk like that?

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#22

That every Puerto Rican woman is dark skinned with big butts, wearing hoops in our ears, lining our lips with sharpies, generally uneducated, and utterly psychotic.

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Eslamala
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2 months ago

This stereotype applies to most latin women, actually

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#23

Spain: we don't party all the time, we don't like bullfighting (most of us don't), we're not lazy, we're not Mexican, we like Mexicans and Mexico but we are from a different country.

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Kankan
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2 months ago

we do party a lot though

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#24

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Basically Italy is 90% countryside and the cities in the remaining 10% are roman ruins, old houses inhabited by septuagenarians or Venice

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InfectedVoice
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2 months ago (edited)

Woody Allen is a disgusting little nonce.

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#25

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Bavaria is not our whole country.

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Coleonema
Community Member
2 months ago

People believe it is?

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#26

We are TURKS not Arabs! I am not saying that Arabs are bad, I am just saying that taking Turks or Turkic people as they are Arabs are wrong

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François Carré
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2 months ago

Not only in Hollywood movies. Many people in Europe just think Muslim = Arab and don't even know that Turkic, Arabic and Persian cultures are completely different.

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#27

Not EVERYONE in Colombia is part of a drug cartel or mafia and not EVERYWHERE is a poor neighbourhood. We have some pretty nice f**king cities and some famous holiday locations.

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Carolina Fernández González
Community Member
2 months ago

Stupid Mr and Mrs Smith and their first scene about Colombia.................

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#28

We don't walk around in kilts all day. And that isn't our accent.

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Phendrena
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2 months ago

HOOTS MON!

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#29

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Mexico isn’t 100% desert

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Coleonema
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2 months ago

Same with Egypt

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#30

We aren't romantic in France

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Kat
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2 months ago

French people are kind of arrogant.

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#31

That we have some sort of cursed mummy thing waiting to happen. Or happening. And that we somehow need a pretty white woman to raise Bast from the dead or something.

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Mary Veltri
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2 months ago

Ha. Love this

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#32

It's not cold all the time in Canada. I'm dying here in July it's been 40C for a long time.

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WillemPenn
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2 months ago

40 degrees? But like isn't that totally cold? (Juuuust kidding!)

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#33

Netherlands is not Amsterdam only

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James016
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2 months ago

It's Rotterdam as well ;p

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#34

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes That the Amazon Rainforest is just a short car ride away from Rio de Janeiro

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Something
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2 months ago

In movies in general, everything is right near everything else that's important unless the plot requires it to be otherwise.

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#35

Everything. Apparently Finnish people speak everything else BUT Finnish and the culture stuff? Swedish...

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Kesam
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2 months ago

That's what you get for living in East Sweden. Greetings from West Sweden (Norway) 😊

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#36

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes Not every canadian is kind, we can be and are a-holes

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Nami Tantrum
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2 months ago

but do you apologize afterwards?

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#37

Mexico. Apparently, every day is Día de los Muertos.

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IAN KELLY
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2 months ago

What else would it be /s

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#38

That everywhere in the US looks *just like* southern california. I've seen shows set in Washington DC with palm trees.

We do not have palm trees, nor do we have people driving around with surfboards in their car

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes I think they think we wouldn’t realize these lil details, but these lil mistakes in details is what makes you snap out of watching the flick cause you lost the imagination

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#39

Hollywood-Country-Stereotypes That all of us are either IT professionals or we spend our time at spelling bee competitions, I don't know [anything] about computers, nor do I know to spell!

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Kesam
Community Member
2 months ago

India?

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#40

The Bahamas is just one big beach and we all say yeah mon, actually every country in and around the Caribbean is portrayed this way.

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denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Drinking from a coconut, wearing a straw hat while lying in a hammock under the coconut trees. We don't...not all the time.

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#41

I've yet to come across a movie where Argentina is well represented at all, so I'm going to say "literally everything"

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Downunderdude
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2 months ago

Ummm...you're all gauchos. And soccer mad.

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#42

I'm Serbian. No, we don't own guns, and no, we're not in a war.

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Rebeka Gyulai
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2 months ago

Well. Actually after ‘The Serbian Movie’ you guys have worse reputation, just saying :/

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#43

State not country but believe it or not, not everyone in Texas has a thick country accent and wears cowboy boots

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KILEY767
Community Member
2 months ago

Native Texan here, never owned a gun nor plan on it, but I am definitely outnumbered. I understand the stereotypes. Some of them are pretty accurate, sadly.

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#44

I can assure you that there are no sheep running around the sports car infested streets of Dubai. I'm looking at you Mission Impossible.

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Mission: Impossible? After six movies, it’s obviously now Mission: Possible.

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#45

Bogotá is not a big wild jungle where we live in tipis surrounded by farm animals. Also, Bogota is not hot!

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Manu
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2 months ago

Bogota is a cruel jungle made of concrete. The only good thing you can do in Bogota is to leave and never go back

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#46

That we are all super cute and romantic people who will take you to the Eiffel tower after painting you in a park.

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Manideepa Banerjee
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2 months ago

Lmao

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#47

SMASH CUT to a sweeping aerial shot over a desolate, red dirt plain, kangaroos bounding across the landscape. In the distance, we see a solitary, dilapidated tin shed with a rusty windmill beside it and a rough looking old man wearing an Akubra and holding a stubbie. Music is the same as every Hollywood smash cut to the Middle East, except the main instrument is a blaring didgeridoo

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AnnaBanana
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2 months ago

And we all act like Mick Dundee...

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#48

Switzerland: We have other things than banks

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

Yes, chocolate, cowbells and cheese ; )

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#49

Not all swedes are blonde and multilingual (almost all of us speak Swedish and English very well tho)

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Kesam
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2 months ago

Well, you just shot yourself in your multilingual Swedish foot there, didn't you? 😂 (*googles percentage of blonds in Sweden*)

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#50

We're not all hobbits

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

But some of us still enjoy second breakfasts :)

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#51

The Arabic dance in Aladdin, it's actually Indian with some modern / western moves. They only got the music right.

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Phendrena
Community Member
2 months ago

The Disney version of Aladdin as more of a mash-up of Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

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#52

That Philippines is not all rice fields and beaches.

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Sue Hazlewood
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2 months ago

TBH I never thought of the Philippines as rice fields

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#53

We all aren't Rastas smoking weed on the beach

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Oh, I wish I was.

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#54

The Netherlands

Our language

In one show they said: gaat hij haar een taxi gebeld)

Translated to English it says: goes he her a taxi called)

That’s not how we say it but okay

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Sven Devestele
Community Member
2 months ago

Tbf if you said 'Heeft hij haar een taxi gebeld' it WOuld translate directly to ''has he her a taxi called'. I mean the Dutch they used is wrong but don't translate words like Google translate does. Languages don't work the same way.

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#55

That badass cartel enforcers roam around working alone, driving classic cars, wearing shiny suits, etc. This is more like it. Bunch of poor, brainwashed, uneducated expendable foot soldiers on the payroll of a private army.

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Mike Ieva
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2 months ago

Mexico again?

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#56

I grew up in Vancouver and they’re always portraying it as New York or LA, bastards.

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Alloydog
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2 months ago

That's because Vancouver gives film makers better tax breaks than most US cities do.

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#57

We have other things then the pyramids and Cairo.

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Thebes, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, The Nile, Suez, Dahab. Sharm El Sheikh, Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine's Monastery. Yeah, I had a great time.

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#58

That Jamaica is just smoking. They never really show the resorts and all of the nice landscaping to the fullest

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Susan Green
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2 months ago

I’ve been to Jamaica twice. It’s absolutely beautiful.

#59

In Chris Hemsworth's Extraction...we saw Bangladesh and India border divided by a bridge....that's not true at all... And the shooting was not even in Bangladesh...only the river was shot..

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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2 months ago

I feel you. Most of the movie scenes in Zurich, Switzerland are shot in Eastern Europe, a lot in Prague because it is less expensive.

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#60

Israel is nothing about religion In the most relevant cities (Tel Aviv)

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Fred L.
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2 months ago

I´d pretty much include Jerusalem in the most relevant cities though.

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