People from the American South, especially the poor
Journalism/writing for magazines - outside of All The President's Men, journalism is a job given as an excuse to have a character get into an 'interesting' (read: high concept) situation. Usually in romantic comedies.
OP, any musician for that matter
Alien invasions. They almost never get that right.
Nuns. Too attractive.
The disco/club scene -- always looks like the budget was $39.
Hallways in apartment buildings -- even in modest digs, the corridors are always wide enough to drive a Buick through them, and furnished at regular intervals with mahogany lamp tables and the walls hung with framed prints.
Agree with R1 about anything art-related.
Rich people's homes in TV series.
I have never seen a realistic blowjob in a movie before. Maybe it has to do with the economy of time, but as soon as someone goes down on a guy in a film, the guy instantly starts moaning and a minute later he is writhing toward this huge orgasm. I would imagine most straight women think this is all it takes.
Academia. Most mainstream Hollywood movies have no idea what being a college professor is like. Screenwriters can't persuasively convey what professors sound like when they teach or talk about ideas. They have ridiculously simple-minded notions of what academics do, and dialogue that is supposed to demonstrate how brilliant the professor is usually comes off as banal at best, silly at worst.
Two of the more unpersuasive movie academics that come to mind are English professor Barbra Streisand in Mirror Has Two Faces, and poli sci prof Robert Redford in Lions for Lambs. (Both of those movies are also awful, though La Streisand's is much more entertainingly so).
R14: The Paper Chase got it right, though.
Front doors. They're either unlocked or have one simple lock that the characters can open easily. Keys, too -- no one seems to have unwieldy bunches of keys that they have to juggle while carrying in groceries or packages.
Garbage cans sitting out in kitchens, with bin liners stretched over the tops. Where are they?
Classical musicians. Unless the actor plays the instrument depicted with some mastery, it always looks FAKE and stupid.
[quote] Blowjobs. I have never seen a realistic blowjob in a movie before.
I beg your fucking pardon!
They never show the tedium of a criminal trial such as laying the legal foundation for the introduction of physical evidence.
[quote] They never show the tedium of a criminal trial such as laying the legal foundation for the introduction of physical evidence.
And why would they?
Weddings... They always leave out the paperwork required to actually make it legal.
Organists. They're always shown as some little old lady who just kind of does it as a hobby. Having known several organists (my mother included), they're generally highly trained musicians and take it quite seriously... Generally they have little to no interest in the religious aspects of it since they quite often have to hop from one denomination to another depending on the job.
[quote] Boston accents.
It would be easier if you'd ask what they get right in movies which is hardly anything. Nothing takes as long as it takes in real life because every movie would need three parts. No profession using half a brain comes off well.
Boston accents. Unless they're natives, all actors make the same WRONG sounds!
Hispanic women -- I mean, we have come a long way, but the busty, angry Latina that suddenly starts speaking Spanish is still with us.
Many Hispanic women are very dignified, would never scream at anyone and are suprising well-educated.
Male prostitutes - In the real world they cater to men but in the movies they cater to women
The dance world - In the real world many male dancers are gay, in the movies 99% of them are straight
[quote]Male prostitutes - In the real world they cater to men but in the movies they cater to women
I guess you've never visited the site backpage.com. I can always pick out the "ladies only" guys - they're the ones I really want to meet. :(
[quote]Blow jobs.....a minute later he is writhing toward this huge orgasm. I would imagine most straight women think this is all it takes.
Oh, yes, that's exactly what we think (eye roll). It's why we fraus LOVE giving bj's so much---because it's over an done in 60 seconds.
Judges. In real life they are never black females. In movies they almost always are.
The banality and/or mundaneness of most peoples lives.
Dorm rooms. I have yet to see a dorm room depicted correctly.
The wise/sassy black best friend. Yes, I know that there are many white people with black friends, even black best friends, but the in real life friends are more similar. Some waspy white girl is not going to have some sassy black girl as her best friend.
Movies are like life...with the boring parts taken out.
Movie titles. A movie in a movie, the title always sounds lame. Same with song titles.
Which movies get rockstars right?
Computers. ANYTHING dealing with computers. From simply logging in, to searching for stuff, to .... well ... anything really. Especially "hacking".
They even get reading and sending email wrong.
CPR. Lesbians. Military haircuts. Goths.
All subjects could be improved by a simple Wikipedia search. It's embarrassing every time!
CPR is always weak looking and extremely slow. The worst fake CPR I've seen in a movie was given by Daniel Craig as James Bond, in a scene that was supposed to be serious and sad.
Lesbians are always portrayed as man-like or bisexual. In reality, I don't know many of either.
The Hollywood version of military haircuts always look like extreme ass, or are completely disregarded.
Goths are always portrayed as crazy or violent, which makes me wonder if movies are written by soccer moms from the 90's.
Someone else already mentioned Southern accents, but ditto. Any time a movie takes place in the South, all the characters speak with a slow drawl and sound like they have an IQ of -5. Maybe one-percent of Southerners talk that way, most do not. They make Southern whites and blacks both sound ridiculous in different ways. It's insulting.
One accent is way overdone in TV and movies, in particular, Texas! Every Texas character has to talk in hillbilly drawl. I have lived in Texas most of my life and have heard very few people actually speak that way. Why can't they just let the characters speak in their natural way? Do they think the audiences are really that stupid?
Re: Subjects/objects they almost never get right in movies
Actresses in the Legitimate Theater.
(r 37) Which movies get rockstars right?
Believe it or not, The Runaways did a pretty good job. \t
not only southern accents, but southerners... I could tell immediately that "Junebug" was created by actual southerners... by the pace and interaction of characters. unless you're of a Shakespeare intellect, it might be best to write of what you know.
In films and TV:
The rich are always snobs who get their come-uppance at the end of the film/show.
Poor people are always shown living in squalor and are uneducated dolts.
Surfers and metal heads always say "whoa, dude!" and have low I.Q.s.
Every character from Texas is in the oil business and dresses like an extra from Hee-Haw (lots of rhinestones and glitter) and drives a long white Cadillac with a bull's longhorns as a hood ornament.
People who live in rural areas and small towns are ALWAYS portrayed as less educated than their city counterparts, and are shown as loveable buffoons and church fanatics. The woman have huge hair and say "hon" and "sugar" a lot.
All Texans live for high school football, rodeo, beer, high school football, gun shows, stock shows, high school football, church, have girlfriends named Bobbie Sue and Sally Jo, drive pick-up trucks, and live for high school football. They all have oil money too. No matter where in Texas a film takes place, it always depicts the desert. Only a small portion of West Texas is desert. The rest of the state is very diverse.
No one ever locks their car doors. The only time they are (conveniently) locked is when a victim is being chased and they have to fumble for (and drop) their keys countless times.
No one ever notices the mad man hiding in the backseat of their car when they get in.
Every cop is divorced and is a barely-functioning alcoholic and is living on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Everyone in movies and sitcoms lives waaayyyy above their means. Coffee shop workers live in loft apartments. Middle-class families live in massive homes and sprawling mansions.
Every female main character is a lawyer, doctor, fashion designer or actress.
Every male character is a writer, no matter what their primary career is. They are working on that novel that's going to give them their big break
Reginald Van Johnson's cop characters were never like that, R46, therefore I think your entire post is specious.
I think his entire post is special, too.
Every person in the military is an infantryman. In Hollywood, the majority of people in the military don't have support jobs. Also, everyone is portrayed as having a heart of gold overshadowed by PTSD.
Rifles and pistols always sound like a shotgun, and bullets passing overhead make a whoosh noise instead of a quick high pitched sound.
All predator birds make a scream noise.
Heterosexuals have brief sex without foreplay that always ends in simultaneous orgasm.
Gay men never kiss.
Lesbians are merely waiting to try the right penis.
Anything to do with computers, but especially 'hacking'.
Getting punched always sounds like a big slab of meat getting smacked.
Swords make the "schwing" sound when they are removed from a scabbard.
[quote]Computers. ANYTHING dealing with computers. From simply logging in, to searching for stuff, to .... well ... anything really. Especially "hacking". They even get reading and sending email wrong.
Although not a movie, I think this is what you're talking about