Great movies have the ability to move us on a profoundly emotional level, even movies that are merely good can also help us enjoy ourselves and forget our troubles, and of course, bad movies, when viewed in the right context, can provide plenty of entertainment.
However, movies do have some set back as they are so prevalent in our day to day lives that we have come to internalize the various tropes, clichés, and various out-and-out lies that are told throughout them.
While some things only happen in movies, like alien invasions or living happily ever after, a lot of what happens in films do happen in real life, just not quite how it is depicted.
Here is a list of the top 22 familiar movie scenarios that don’t work quite the same in real life.
01 – Kissing before brushing teeth in the morning:
Morning breath is disgusting, and nobody is exempt from having it, yet in movies, characters often kiss passionately right after waking up! I am sure some people out there don’t mind, but the majority of us would prefer to brush our teeth first.
02 – Huge breakfasts:
It so common to see entire families having elaborate breakfasts in the morning before work and school. Where do these people find the time? Most real people are a mess in the mornings, rushing and eating whatever they can scrounge up so that they can beat traffic and get to where they are going in time.
03 – Order food and leave without eating it:
Speaking of food, how many times have you seen your favorite movie actor order something to eat, only to have some urgent matter come up and leave their order freshly cooked and untouched? I’ve seen it enough times to know it is complete malarkey. Most of us would tell the waiter to pack it up to go; after all, we paid hard earned money for it.
04 – Air ducts are not as big as you think:
Don’t eat too much if you plan on squirreling away through an air duct though. You see, air ducts and ventilation shafts always seem to be big enough for our heroes to escape through; however, in reality, these ducts are hardly ever big enough for a toddler to fit through, much less a full grown adult.
05 – CPR:
And if you get stuck in an air duct and suffocate to death, don’t expect movie style CPR to save the day. Movies tend to depict CPR as something you do for a couple of minutes to bring someone back; however, in reality, you could literally perform CPR for hours just to keep someone from suffering permanent brain damage. In fact, the statistics are pretty grim, with only 8% of people who receive CPR coming back to life.
06 – Locators:
Some folks may find it difficult locating an address even with the help of a global positioning system (GPS), but It is only in movies that a friend would work straight into your home, for the first time, and know exactly where your bedroom or a location is.
Action movies are especially guilty of depicting a slightly skewed version of reality. Here are just a few of the most common action thriller clichés that work completely different in real life:
07 – Bad guys lining up to fight:
Whenever our main hero faces multiple opponents in a fist fight, the bad guys get together and proceed to fight one at a time. If movie scuffles were anything like in real life, good guys who dared to fight more than one opponent would get the living daylights beaten out of them.
08 – Getting knocked out like it’s not a big deal:
Speaking of physical altercations, movies like to pretend that getting knocked unconscious is merely an inconvenience. Movies like to play it loose with people getting knocked out, and getting up a few minutes later as if nothing ever happened. In real life, if you get hit hard enough to lose consciousness for a few minutes, you are likely to suffer a concussion and possibly serious brain damage.
In the course of searching for someone/something, or maybe be being chased around by a couple of bad guys, have you ever noticed, in a movie, how a character with no combat training could just automatically become a trained killing machine? This seems to be a common occurrence in many movies that I have seen.
10 – The way chloroform works:
One of cinema’s favorite tropes is the cunning villain pouncing on his clueless victim, covering his or her nose with a cloth soaked in chloroform and knocking them unconscious within seconds. While chloroform is, in fact, able to work as a sort of anesthetic in real life, it is nowhere near as effective as movies make it out to be. In real life, an average adult would have to directly inhale the substance for up to five full minutes before losing consciousness.
11 – The way cars explode:
It seems like every movie car that gets in a high-speed chase ends up crashing and blowing up. While most real-life high-speed chases do end up with a crash, real cars will sometimes catch on fire but almost never explode.
12 – Explosions not being deadly:
One of the most powerful images to have come out of the ’80s and 90’s action movie craze is the cool guy walking away from an explosion and not looking back. In real life, 100% of those guys would be dead because real explosions are deadly. The shock wave caused by even the smallest explosions can cause significant internal injury and send innumerable debris flying through the air.
13 – Infinite Bullets:
Something else that action flicks get wrong is how they portray gunfights. If you have ever seen an action flick you would have seen good guys and bad guys alike unload their guns with magical abandon. These guys never run out of bullets! However, in real life, a typical gun will have anywhere from 6 to 15 bullets per clip.
14 – Gun silencers:
Gun silencers or sound suppressors don’t work at all like in the movies. In fact, unless you use special sub-sonic ammunition, suppressors are still incredibly loud; louder than most people realize.
15 – Digging is exhausting:
Another common action/thriller trope is digging ditches to dispose of bodies. Digging is exhausting and backbreaking work but movies make it seem easy. In real life, you would be digging for hours, and your hands would develop painful blisters before a hole big enough to hide a body is made.
Another section that movies get wrong is how much faster the movie world seems to move when compared to our reality. For example:
16 – Countdown clocks:
Have you ever seen a movie where there is a countdown clock ticking down, and even though it says there are seconds left, the action on screen takes minutes? Films, it seems, never occur in real time.
17 – Hacking computers:
Something else that also takes much longer in real life than it does in movies is computer hacking. The movie hacker is typically a dark and enigmatic figure typing frantically in dark rooms lined with monitors. Real life hackers look more like office IT guys than anything Hollywood has depicted over the last couple of decades, and work at a much more methodical pace than their fictitious counterparts.
Movie characters are often able to perform unlikely feats and displays of incredible physical capacity. For example:
18 – Running forever:
Movie characters are able to run after each other for what seems like hours without tiring out. Most of us would be out of breath and panting after thirty seconds. And unlike real life, some movie characters never ever seem thirsty after a long run.
19 – Holding breath underwater for way too long:
The average person can hold their breath for about 30 seconds. And while some trained individuals are able to hold it for about a minute, without proper training, most of us would die if we had to hold our breath as long as some movie character effortless do.
20 – Jumping through windows:
If you ever tried to jump through a window in real life, you would most likely bounce right off it, with some serious bruising to boot. And if you were lucky enough to shatter the glass and fly through like they so often do in the movies, you would get up with shredded skin and bleed all over the place.
21 – People that disappear without alerting those standing right next to them:
This is a suspense and horror movie cliché. They were just standing right there! Where did they go? Real people aren’t silent ninjas who can easily scurry and disappear in the shadows. If your friend or someone you know was talking and standing next to you and left, you would one hundred percent notice, but I guess it is not like that in some movies.
And finally, one of the most incredulous displays of Hollywood superhuman ability:
22 – How quickly people find what they are looking for:
I’ve spent close to an hour looking for a pair of glasses that were on my head. Once, I found my car keys inside the fridge! If you have ever misplaced an item in your home, you know how incredibly frustrating it can be trying to find it. In movies, people seem to have an extra sense because if they lose something, they typically find it within 30 seconds of looking. I just don’t buy it!