People Share What Movies Present As Normal, But It Actually Isn’t, And Here Are 40 Of The Best Insights

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 We 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.

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#1

Women can be in the jungle for days but no body hair anywhere.

Men instantly grow a beard

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242points Hans Hans Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Secret: women pack an emergency shaver, men an emergency testosterone injection.

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Hacking is typing really fast.

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232points troufaki13 troufaki13 Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

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Everyone’s house is neat and tidy.

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232points Kat Hoth Kat Hoth Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

This one should be much higher!

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“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.”

#4

Looking away from the road for a solid 10 seconds while driving to talk to someone

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232points MsM MsM Community Member • points posts comments upvotes 5 days ago

Keep your eyes on the road, motherf*cker! 😂😂😂

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Working as a waitress and living in a huge apartment, with the fridge full, and expensive clothes.

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226points Scagsy Scagsy Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

I guess that’s where the eponymous ‘friends’ come in

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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.

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223points GeneralZod GeneralZod Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

or a knee to the groin

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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.”

#7

“Enhancing” a sh**ty quality image to 4k and zooming in to the size of a microbe with perfect clarity.

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221points JKE JKE Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Zoom, zoom, enhance! Every time.

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Being able to outrun an explosion.

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214points Astrid Nineor Astrid Nineor Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

And /or surviving because apparently jumping at the right time means the shockwave won’t hurt you

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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

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214points NinjaWolfy94 NinjaWolfy94 Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

And going to the bar of cafe to get a drink or some coffee, drinking 1/4-2/4 then suddenly they need to run off somewhere or decide to just leave for any reason really (leaving the drink that they only just paid for behind).

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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?!

However, lightsabers could kinda sorta maybe work according to some scientists and some very dedicated and talented crafters.

#10

Wherever the detective has to go, he always finds a parking spot right in front of the place. Downtown Manhattan included.

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211points Kaisa Koo Kaisa Koo Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

It would be quite boring watch them search parking space unsuccesfully 🙂

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People waking up with perfect make up, my wife points this out in everything we watch.

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troufaki13 troufaki13 Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Women don’t take their makeup off before going to sleep, yet they wake up with impeccable skin

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Actually being able to have a conversation at a bar while music is playing.

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198points troufaki13 troufaki13 Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Whilst I can’t even hear my own thoughts

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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.)

#13

Police take a DNA sample and have the results in an hour.

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196points Daria Z Daria Z Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

The shortest I’ve seen in a TV show was several minutes. Minutes, for Pete’s sake!

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Running with high heels (and not breaking a bone)

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187points Cass Sass Cass Sass Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Extra bonus for running up or downhill at full speed.

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Easily avoidable issues if the person just explains what is happening

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186points troufaki13 troufaki13 Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

So annoying!!

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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…

#16

Bombs with a special display that counts down to zero.

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185points Hans Hans Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

…and always being cut at 00:00:01. Unless they cut it at 00:00:02 and yoke that it normally is cut at 00:00:01.

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In a fight, those henchmen usually fight the main character one by one, one on one until they all get beaten.

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184points François Carré François Carré Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

These bad guys are so polite, each one waiting for their turn to fight and eventually get beaten.

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Meeting new friends the minute you move to a new town.

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182points Hans Hans Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

And these either becoming life partners or nemesis. Never just casual.

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People in their twenties having large lavish apartments.

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181points Hope Floats Hope Floats Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

I used to think that everyone in the States lived in penthouses, with stunning views over Central Parkor dreamy beaches..The house in Home Alone is beautifulbut so from reality..

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Physically fit and attractive people everywhere.

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172points Scagsy Scagsy Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Welcome to the movies

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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.

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165points Truth Monster Truth Monster Community Member • points posts comments upvotes 5 days ago

“I always watch you sleep” girls go romantically SQUEEE!

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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?”

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161points Kathy Baylis Kathy Baylis Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Often without mentioning what time and what place, yet they all magically show up at the same time and same place. Wish I was psychic like that.

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Not saying bye before hanging up.

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159points Lana Lana Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Where are their manners? I’d be like: “Never call me again!”

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Walking home from the grocery store carrying a single paper bag with an unwrapped loaf of French bread sticking out the top.

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nanashi nanashi Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

as a kid learning about people not living in the same country as mine from TV, I thought they really do only eat those kind of bread daily, and that sliced white bread we have were “third world” food.

45 45points reply View More Replies… #25

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.

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154points Kathy Baylis Kathy Baylis Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago (edited)

And all those academic pursuits take a shitload of time, energy, and focus to do. Something has to take a backseat til you’re done and graduated, and usually it’s your social life, which also frees up the time it takes to maintain perfect clothes, hair, and makeup. Hell, while I was putting in long hours writing my Master’s thesis, there were days when I didn’t have the energy to shower, much less blow dry my hair, put on makeup, get dressed in nice clothes, and go out for several hours. I preferred to spend that time researching, writing, or sleeping.

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Hackers. Perfect code, first try, no issues ever. If your code runs correctly first try, you’re confused and scared.

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153points WilvanderHeijden WilvanderHeijden Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Also hackers using 1 keyboard with 2 people to hack into 3 different systems in 44 seconds.

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Nobody ever has to use the toilet.

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150points Piet Puk Piet Puk Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Vincent Vega would like to have a word with you.

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Uninterested woman has a sudden change of heart for the loser guy and they live happily ever after.

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149points Scagsy Scagsy Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

If only…

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Waking up from a long coma and being able to walk…

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148points Tim Fischer Tim Fischer Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

The bride in Kill Bill at least took a few minutes^^

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Unlimited bullets and accuraccy 100% for shooting normal bad guys

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146points ADHORTATOR ADHORTATOR Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

John Wick is one of the rare heroes who has to reload 🙂

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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.

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145points OS OS Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Let’s wait for him to read for a few hours…good movie

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Cars exploding on impact

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138points Paul K. Johnson Paul K. Johnson Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

I always thought that westerns should have horses explode any time they roll down a mountain just to make fun of exploding cars.

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People not screaming in absolute agony when shot or stabbed in the gut.

Reservoir dogs is one movie that did it realistically.

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134points Scagsy Scagsy Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Reservoir is an absolute classic

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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

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132points Martha Meyer Martha Meyer Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

But all the combs were taken by the bad guys!

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An orange filter when you go to mexico

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131points WilvanderHeijden WilvanderHeijden Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

You mean that Tweety the tangerine toddler has been camouflaging all that time to build a wall without being noticed?

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people recovering very quickly from injuries, especially head injuries

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Michelle Muirhead Michelle Muirhead Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Well it is the Rock, what did you expect!

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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.

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125points Daria Z Daria Z Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Probably has to do with ultra-fast DNA testing mentioned earlier.

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Background music. Life would be so much better with background music

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125points WilvanderHeijden WilvanderHeijden Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Is that what it’s called? I prefer the term “Customer detergent”

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In horror movies I always enjoy how fast and deep a perfectly symmetrical grave gets dug

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121points ADHORTATOR ADHORTATOR Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

My grandfather was a gravedigger and he was very proud of his symmetrical holes 🙂

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Serial killers just standing there staring at you and giving you enough Time to escape.

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115points Hope Floats Hope Floats Community Member • points posts comments upvotes FollowUnfollow 5 days ago

Lost count of the number of times I’ve wondered why the hell the “about tobecome’ victim stands there, ignoringall opportunities to run..

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