Don't get me wrong, movies don't have to depict reality if they don't want to. After all, we often watch them to escape it. The problem is that sometimes Hollywood intentionally tries to accurately portray the world but have no clue what they're talking about. I'm talking good guys jumping behind some furniture and the bad guys unloading hundreds of rounds into people without any going through. Or people ordering food at a restaurant and leaving before getting their meals.

In an attempt to figure out which of these cliches are the most overused, reddit user UK-NeilPatel posted a question on the platform, asking "What is something unrealistic that you often see in movies that annoys the hell out of you?" In less than two weeks, they received over 10,000 upvotes and 8,000 comments, many of which are legit. Continue scrolling and check out the best ones!

#1

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Women in fight scenes with their hair down. Girl, tie it back I know you can't see s**t.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

And they do all the fighting and the running in high heels

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However, if we were to take this to the extreme, we would get camp film -- movies doing something ridiculous and over-the-top whilst being executed sincerely -- something that has been implemented in films for quite some time. Experts say this technique is central to the genre of trash film; arguably the "worst" genre of film that exists. In the best kind of way.

#2

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Fight scenes with multiple attackers. They're all so polite, waiting for their friends to get their ass kicked before engaging. In reality you get jumped by everyone at the same time.

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Colin L
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1 month ago

Enemies line up in order of difficulty: glass jawed brawlers first, weapon welders who fall down at one scratch next, followed by a named henchman who's actually tougher.

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Camp movies challenge binary "good vs. bad" thinking because they are both good and bad. They reject the principles of cinema, ultimately allowing the audience to both laugh along with the movie and at it.

So I guess just because a film reads as bad, doesn’t necessarily mean it isn't good. The Room might be labeled as the worst film ever made, but arguably one of the most enjoyable ones, too. It brings audiences so much joy and pleasure through its unrealistic "realism." What do you think?

#3

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Post apocalyptic women with clean shaven underarms.

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cybermerlin2000
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1 month ago

Radioactive fallout. Your teeth fallout, your nails fallout and your hairs fallout

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#4

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Can you hack this super secure server?' *ten seconds of hitting random letter keys on the keyboard* 'I'm in.

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Vorknkx
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1 month ago

Bonus: In movies you can hack stuff that isn't connected to a network :D

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#5

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Good guy jumps behind some furniture and the bad guys unloads 1000 rounds into it and none of them go through. What the f**k is that couch made of!?

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Also, bad guys shoot 1000 rounds and they all miss, yet the good guy shoots just one and kills at least three

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#6

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Mom has prepared a feast that could feed half the neighborhood, but it's only for her two small children and her husband, who is already late for work and takes a single piece of toast on his way out the door.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

While the kids can't even eat anything because the schoolbus has already arrived.

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#7

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Cop looking at blurry CCTV image

Cop: “Can you clean up the image?”

Nerd: “Sure, computer enhance sector theta 6”

crystal clear image appears on screen

Cop: “Oh my god”

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itz kimora
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1 month ago

nerd: "sure" *grabs cloth and spits on screen* *crystal clear image appears* Cop: Oh my god

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#8

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life A part-time waitress or administrative assistant sure as s**t isn't affording a beautiful two-bedroom apartment alone in any major city. Or you get the family where only the father works at an okay 9–5 but is somehow able to afford a $1.5 million house in California and raise four kids on a single income. I want to live in that world.

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

It is all part of promoting the (usually) American image they just forget to tell you about the mountain of debt that goes with it.

fuggnuggins
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1 month ago

Of course it doesn't have anything to do with being entertainment and looking better on a screen than a slum.

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CatWoman312
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1 month ago

Rachel had rich parents though

Azziza
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1 month ago

And was sharing an apartment with her friend who inherited her grandmother's rent-controlled apartment. Still doesn't explain Chandler and Joey though.

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago (edited)

To be fair, in Friends, Monica was subletting the apartment from her aunt (or was it great aunt?) who had been there since the forties or fifties. If it was a rent-controlled building—-and NYC rent control started in 1947—-that rent was dirt cheap. Friends took place in the nineties, so imagine paying a rent amount, on a Greenwich Village 2 BR apartment with a balcony, from fifty years before that! (Even now, paying nineties rent would be a bargain.)

Azziza
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1 month ago

Grandmother.

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CP
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1 month ago

Wasn't the apartment rent controlled in Friends?

M O'Connell
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1 month ago

Just because its rent controlled doesn't mean that it's inexpensive.

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Nevits Yibble
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1 month ago

I think the worst example of this I've ever seen is Lois Lane's downtown penthouse in Superman: The Movie. Unless news columnists make more money than I'm aware

Paula Carr
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1 month ago

I LOVED that apartment. I lusted after it. But I knew it was completely unrealistic. That adorable terrace...sigh.

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Jessica Jeffery
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1 month ago

In the case of Rachel and Monica in Friends, they make it clear that they're illegally subletting Monica's grandma's apartment at the protected rate meant for the Grandma. That's why Chander's high paying job was required for the the apartment across the hall.

RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

Yes, I was gonna say that. Also, even then, Chandler's apartment was way smaller and more realistic for his and Joey's earnings.

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Camilla Koutsos
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1 month ago

When I was a kid a family of four could live on the wages of a labourer. Now both parents need full-time work, if not more than full-time.

Douglas Campbell
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1 month ago

She was living in Monica Gellar's grandmother's rent-controlled apartment.

mph seti
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1 month ago

Gotta sell the fantasy. No one wants to see regular people. That's why not only are they all stupidly rich they are also all beautiful. There are a few exceptions, Roseanne, Breaking Bad...That's all I can think of off the top of my head, lol.

Squee
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1 month ago

Guys, It was Monica's apartment.

KT Pinto
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3 days ago

They didn't say specifically Friends. In fact, Rachel didn't live alone in any apartment. And it wasn't Monica's. She was illegally sub-letting her grandmother's rent-controlled place.

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Lee Selkirk
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1 month ago

Their day jobs are working for Tony Soprano.

Lara Verne
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1 month ago

Classic. Or "poor" person who owns spacious apartment, expensive car and always wear designer clothing.

Vincent Jay
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1 month ago

Her parents in the series were rich and helped her out with money.

Jeff Requier
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1 month ago

Her apartment was shared, but it was Way nicer than Chandler and Joeys who only lived across the hall in a shitty tiny apartment.

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#9

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Women giving birth to giant, four month old babies.

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

How can they hire newborns?

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#10

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life In fires nobody dies of smoke inhalation. They’ll be in there for ages, merrily chatting away, coughing, miraculous escape (lifting a burning beam out the way maybe), they get outside and are fine! Maybe a smudge of soot on the face and a cough then on their merry way.

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itz kimora
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1 month ago

forgot to include how they walk out with their hair done up and a fresh manicure too

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#11

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Going to Latin America. quick, put the yellow filter!.

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ThatGuv
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1 month ago

And taking a photo in Cape Town, pretending it's Latin America...with a yellow filter.

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#12

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Gunfire indoors or inside cars and everyone can hear fine afterwards

Big explosions that throw people around but have no shrapnel

Windows that can be jumped through without shredding your skin

People traversing through air ducts

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itz kimora
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1 month ago

all i could think of while reading the last one was "did u see red vent or kill"

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#13

A: "I have something important to tell you. It's about the Jones case."

B: "What's up? What'd you find?"

A: "Can't talk now. Meet me tomorrow at 9."

B: "A! Tell me what's going on!"

A: "No, not now. Tomorrow at 9."

A is found murdered the next morning, B is haunted by conversation. Sets off on worldwide mission to solve the murder and uncover the cover-up.

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

Just a couple of hints or key words would be more helpful and would take less time to say. Not to mention texting.

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#14

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life LOOK AT THE ROAD WHEN YOU DRIVE! Even if you speak with your passenger, you do not look at him for 5s !

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

Nice choice of scene, where that's the whole premise

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#15

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life “I’ve got a plan”

“Great. What is it?”

“No time. Just trust me.”

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Ekate
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1 month ago

Actually, this shocks me in real life - people just doing what they are told because the person telling sounds authoritarian. In fact, a lot of history would be better if a few people had asked what the plan was before following the guy in front. Just a thought.

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#16

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Doctors doing everything in medical settings. Scanning the patient, setting up IV’s, interpreting brain MRI’s. Nurses who? Radiographers what?

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Wazz
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1 month ago

And using defibrillators when the patient's heart stops, that's just not done

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#17

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life People can talk and hear each other in clubs or loud bars without any issues.

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Mike Crow
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1 month ago

What?

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#18

Women waking up in bed with a full face of makeup.

I'm talking winged eyeliner and fuchsia lipstick. I seriously want to know who makes those decisions in the makeup department smh.

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Anne
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1 month ago

It's an unmarried man.

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#19

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Punching four people in the face and not feeling anything. I've been in a fight and won. Even then it hurts like hell. No one 'wins' in a fight, they just get injured the least.

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Colin L
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1 month ago

*hero beats 4 people unconscious* How does your hand open? ! Skulls are hard!

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#20

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life The scientist is an expert in multiple fields of study. Don’t get me wrong, most PhD scientists I know have a solid foundation in chem/physics/bio, but it’s not super common to find a person who has a PhD-level of understanding in all of those fields. I hate it in movies when the ecologist somehow develops a vaccine, or the meteorologist manages to predict an earthquake . Like, a PhD is so narrow in scope. A biologist who studies fish probably can’t answer s**t about snakes... let alone create a vaccine for a novel virus.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Also many times they are super young, super sexy people who aren't even aware of their sexiness

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#21

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life College professor here. Pet peeves about how college is depicted:

- Every class is in a medieval European-style amphitheater classroom
- Professors are all living in giant 6,000 sq ft houses, even if they teach literature or sociology
- Professors only address students by their last names, and all students call professors "sir"
- Students or professors strolling down the quad with a leather courier bag worth a month's pay, for some reason always eating an apple
- NO F**KING TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOMS

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Vorknkx
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1 month ago (edited)

Well, when I was in college, I did have a professor who addressed every student as "sir" - it felt weird.

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#22

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Someone being hit in the head, loses consciousness, and two minutes later getting up as if nothing happened.

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itz kimora
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1 month ago

no the dramatic music gets them back on their feet

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#23

Big breakfasts that no one eats because the characters are in a hurry and running out the door. Me personally, I'll be late to whatever for some pancakes/waffles.

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JiminKimLip7
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1 month ago

I never understood that

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#24

Lava does not let you melt slowly into it. Even at close proximity the heat is enough to evaporate the liquids in your body and make you explode... They tested it by throwing dead pigs into a volcano, the corpses just bounce and skitter until the liquids are gone and the meat has burned up.

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

Uh... very graphic 🙈

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#25

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Clean houses where there are 3 to 4 chaotic children.

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Ray Martin
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1 month ago

I haven't had a fully clean and tidy house since having kids. My youngest is 26 and she left home seven years ago, and the place is still a mess.

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#26

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life 10 trained soldiers with automatic weapons, a couple of snipers and a helicopter gunship are all shooting at the fleeing heroes.

The only thing they manage to hit is the ground just behind their feet.

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Vorknkx
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1 month ago

They have a severe case of "Stormtrooper Syndrome" :P

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#27

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life Stop waving that empty cup around, it's supposed to have hot coffee it in.

Put some water in it, or if you are worried about spills, fill it halfway with elmer's glue.

It needs to have some weight, especially when you set it down

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Neva Nevičica
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1 month ago

...just like carrying suitcases. Grab a big suitcase, you're leaving your boyfriend. Throw angrily random things in it, don't you dare to fold them. Take the suitcase with one hand, wave it around it's light like a feather. Get out, slam the door after yourself, take a deep sigh of releaf and call a cab. Perfect.

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#28

Women in sex scenes always wearing matching bra and panties. And keeping the bra on the whole sesh

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Monday
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1 month ago

This is pretty normal. If you're planning to have sex with a new partner you're gonna choose matching underwear more often than not.

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#29

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life When people order food in a restaurant and then leave before it arrives. At least get it to go.

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

They have better things to do

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#30

Unrealistic-Movie-Moments-Never-Happens-In-Real-Life People yanking their IV away from their arm. B**ch that will tear up you vein and f**k you up.

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Markus Holstein
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1 month ago

Physician here. Patients do that all the time. It bleeds for a while and ruins the beedsheets, but that's it. They're veins, not arteries.

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