Life would be much simpler yet more exciting at the same time if things worked just like in our favorite movies. The good guys would always save the day at the last minute. Adventures of a lifetime could happen at any moment. And your soulmate could be just around the corner. Alas! That’s not how the real world works.
OG_Builds created a thread on r/AskReddit and asked people to share what is totally normal in movies but never actually happens in real life. And, wow, did people deliver! The redditor’s post received 28.8k comments in 2 days, as well as more than 64.2k upvotes. Scroll down to have a look, don’t forget to upvote your fave things that are normal in movies, and share your own ideas in the comments! OG_Builds told Bored Panda that they got the idea to make the thread after watching a lot of movies while on vacation, while the comment that they could relate to the most was the one about finding new friends.
“I think the comment I found the most relatable was one pointing out how movie characters find friends the second they move to a new city. I just moved to a new town and I feel like movies underestimate the amount of time it takes to get to know people and build relationships.” Read on for the rest of our interview with the thread’s OP.
Women can be in the jungle for days but no body hair anywhere.
Men instantly grow a beard
Looking away from the road for a solid 10 seconds while driving to talk to someone
“While watching The Amazing Spiderman 2, I thought about how there are so many things that are never questioned in movies, though the same things rarely happen in real life. I wanted to see if my fellow redditors had some examples of such things,” OG_Builds shared what inspired them to make the thread in the first place.
They added that some of the other comments that stuck in their head from the thread were about car explosions and parking spots. “Another user commented that it takes very little impact for a car to blow up. If a car crashes into a tree it explodes, which is rarely the case in real life. Someone also pointed out that finding parking spots is way too easy. I never thought about this, but it’s actually really weird that movie characters are able to find parking spots in the middle of the day in Manhattan.”
Working as a waitress and living in a huge apartment, with the fridge full, and expensive clothes.
The pushy dude in the romcom ends up getting the girl whereas in real life they’d be more likely to end up with a restraining order.
In the redditor’s opinion, life wouldn’t be better if everything worked like in the movies. “I think movies fail to acknowledge that humans aren’t perfect. We make mistakes. Sometimes we stumble the words and we cough in the middle of conversations. Life isn’t always on our side. Sometimes, we need an hour to find somewhere to park, and some days we wake up with the worst bed hair.”
They continued: “Some might say it would be easier if life was a movie, but these flaws and imperfections are what make life so beautiful. I wouldn’t change that for the world.”
"Enhancing" a sh**ty quality image to 4k and zooming in to the size of a microbe with perfect clarity.
Mom makes a huge breakfast and lays it all out. Kids and husband grab a bagel on the way out the door ignoring all the food
Whether things would be better if life were more like movies is debatable; but making movies more like real life would be a pretty bad idea, don’t you think? Let’s have a think and see what would change.
Imagine for a moment how boring Star Wars and movies with battles in outer space would be if we didn’t willingly suspend our disbelief and wanted everything to be super-realistic.
Ion cannons and explosions wouldn’t make any sounds (“In space no one can hear you scream” is very accurate, too). Meanwhile, you couldn’t even see those spectacular laser weapons. Darn you, vacuum of space, why do you have to make things so dull?!
Wherever the detective has to go, he always finds a parking spot right in front of the place. Downtown Manhattan included.
People waking up with perfect make up, my wife points this out in everything we watch.
Actually being able to have a conversation at a bar while music is playing.
Action scenes would also be horrific if everything worked on IRL logic and not film logic. Protagonists wouldn’t disarm the bomb at the last second before the timer counted down to zero. There’d be no timer in the first place!
In case our heroes couldn’t disarm the bomb in time, they wouldn’t walk away from the explosion without getting hurt at all. The powerful shockwave would mean that the villains would win and that we’d have to get new heroes in the middle of the film. (Come to think of it, it would be interesting to see more movies where the bad guys win.)
Police take a DNA sample and have the results in an hour.
Easily avoidable issues if the person just explains what is happening
Let’s also not forget how dangerous jumping through shattered glass windows is in real life. The sharp edges would hurt you very, very badly. Meanwhile, action heroes shrug shattered windows off like it’s no big deal.
Our verdict? Movies might have a bunch of things in them that never happen in real life but that’s why we love them so much! We wouldn’t have it any other way because movies that are too realistic wouldn’t have much structure and would end before things really got started. Now if only movie logic would spread to real life...
People in their twenties having large lavish apartments.
In a fight, those henchmen usually fight the main character one by one, one on one until they all get beaten.
How normalized stalking is. "You dropped this, so I followed you for three hours to give it back" -> "Kiss and hug, now we're dating".
In reality, it's mace and call the cops for stalking.
Ask your friends to meet you at a predetermined time and place with no explanation as to why.
I have a hard time getting friends to meet up for legitimate reasons with advanced notice. Meanwhile, movie characters come together in an abandoned warehouse in Brazil like...
(all walk in at the same time)
"Why'd you call?"
Not saying bye before hanging up.
Walking home from the grocery store carrying a single paper bag with an unwrapped loaf of French bread sticking out the top.
Hackers. Perfect code, first try, no issues ever. If your code runs correctly first try, you're confused and scared.
You can have a Ph.D. in theoretical high-energy astrophysics, have finished your postdoc(s), and be running the biggest project in the organization by the time you are 23 if you are a woman and really pretty.
Uninterested woman has a sudden change of heart for the loser guy and they live happily ever after.
Guy walks in holding a 30-page document, gives to some other dude.
The dude who's getting the document glances at the first page for a nanosecond and immediately knows everything there is to know about this case.
Unlimited bullets and accuraccy 100% for shooting normal bad guys
People not screaming in absolute agony when shot or stabbed in the gut.
Reservoir dogs is one movie that did it realistically.
Women in war zones and other longterm disaster situations with filthy matted hair and tattered grimy clothes always seem to find the time to have perfectly groomed eyebrows and put on a little make-up
people recovering very quickly from injuries, especially head injuries
Background music. Life would be so much better with background music
Scientists in any field are experts in every other field of science as well, e.g. the physicist in Annihilation concluding the tree formations are due to homeotic mutations.
In horror movies I always enjoy how fast and deep a perfectly symmetrical grave gets dug