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Things common in film, television and fiction that you have never encountered in real life. PART 2!

Someone ordering "a beer" at a bar.

by Anonymousreply 369Last Saturday at 9:46 AM

Someone who lights a cigarette and then puts it out immediately. At $12 a pack? Not likely!

by Anonymousreply 104/14/2020

Sideway3s handing a cashier the exact amount needed and change never needing to be counted or given back to customer.

by Anonymousreply 204/14/2020

And when someone orders "a beer" the server or bartender never asks what brand.

by Anonymousreply 304/14/2020

People telling a restaurant employee they'll "have the regular".

by Anonymousreply 404/14/2020

That's a good one, OP. It's true. You have to specify something, thereafter you can say "I'll have another beer."

by Anonymousreply 504/14/2020

In the movies, after sex, nobody ever needs to wash up or pee, they never have to avoid the wet spot. Oh, and during sex, the woman is often half dressed. Or she’s naked, but they’re having sex under the covers.

by Anonymousreply 604/14/2020

And after they have sex, if she gets out of bed she drapes a sheet around herself

(I have never, ever seen anyone drape a bedsheet around themselves after getting out of bed)

by Anonymousreply 704/14/2020

Women wearing a bra during sex.

by Anonymousreply 804/14/2020

People who do HORRIBLE things to each other and almost immediately thereafter they act like nothing happened.

(Eg: Pete Campbell revealing to Burt Cooper that Don Draper is really Dick Whitman.)

by Anonymousreply 904/14/2020

Wasn't a lot of the unrealistic sex - bras, sheets under the covers, sheets afterwards - due to nudity restrictions. You still see a lot of that, but I also see more realistic depictions than previously.

by Anonymousreply 1004/14/2020

Buying milk by the quart for a family of eight.

by Anonymousreply 1104/14/2020

R1 it's similar to when they meet someone, take one bite of their food and then leave. What a waste of money.

by Anonymousreply 1204/14/2020

Working class families living in HUUUUGE houses

by Anonymousreply 1304/15/2020

- Dispute in a restaurant. Guy, leaving, throws money down on the table.

- Man and woman in a bed. Both get up. She’s in a bra and panties. He’s in underwear. (Yeah, right...)

- The whole Hollywood enforced concept of married couples in twin beds. (Really?)

- Otherwise hairy men with shaved chests. (Remember Jeffrey Hunter’s shaven armpits as Jesus?)

- Somebody shot or stabbed, but no wound or blood, and they just keel over. (Like the old western cliche, with the cowboy shooting once, and 3 Indians fall.)

- And why do so many children in movies always have perfectly combed hair? (As if they all just came from the stylist. Which they actually just did..)

by Anonymousreply 1404/15/2020

A lighter that stays lit as you throw it into a puddle of flammable liquid.

by Anonymousreply 1504/17/2020

People paying Barbra Streisand for sex.

by Anonymousreply 1604/17/2020

"Hi, it's me Stan!" ...everytime I visit Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia.

by Anonymousreply 1704/17/2020

Men have paid women who are less attractive than Barbra Streisand for sex

by Anonymousreply 1804/17/2020

People eating melted ice cream like soup.

by Anonymousreply 1904/17/2020

People just hanging up the phone without first letting the other person know that the conversation is over.

by Anonymousreply 2004/17/2020

[quote]People just hanging up the phone without first letting the other person know that the conversation is over.

One of my grandmothers always did that. My friend Wayne does it about half the time. He has zero in the way of social graces in general.

by Anonymousreply 2104/17/2020

R8 women do wear bras during sex. This one has, anyway. Depends on mood/situation. That's not the piece that needs to come off.

by Anonymousreply 2204/17/2020

Someone putting a chair under a door handle to keep someone else out.

by Anonymousreply 2304/17/2020

R22 We're not talking about what you do in the aisle at Walmart, we're talking about what happens in bedrooms.

by Anonymousreply 2404/17/2020

[quote] Man and woman in a bed. Both get up. She’s in a bra and panties. He’s in underwear. (Yeah, right...)

My favorite recently-historical example of this is GOSSIP GIRL, in particular bedroom scenes with Blair & Chuck. You would rarely see these two in a sexual situation without outfits; as I recall the few near-nude instances involved many sheets in the way and expensive lingerie that was not removed. More often than not during a boudoir scene College-aged Blair would have on a lab expensive & delicate but modest silk slip/chemise and looking immaculate, and equally-young Chuck would be wearing obviously high-end pyjamas, slippers & a robe. They were never depicted padding around post-coitus looking rough without pants or barefoot.

This was always so hysterical to me and I wondered whether I should be laughing, though I think it may have been a deliberate visual joke at the expense of the characters. By the middle-end the show became a campfest and merely an excuse for the designers to play around with retro fashions (regardless of their irrelevance to young teens & twentysonethings of the time) so I suppose it makes perfect sense.

And honestly I actually think it quite sexy and refreshing for a pretty couple to dress up like this for bed on the regular - in a cosy, quaint and very fussy sort of way. Of course it’s totally impractical and absurd.

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by Anonymousreply 2504/17/2020

[quote] (I have never, ever seen anyone drape a bedsheet around themselves after getting out of bed)

Well, mine ain’t big enough.

by Anonymousreply 2604/17/2020

[quote] The whole Hollywood enforced concept of married couples in twin beds. (Really?)

That hasn’t been a thing since the 1950s!

[quote] A lighter that stays lit as you throw it into a puddle of flammable liquid.

Obviously you’re not familiar with Zippo lighters. They stay lit until you close the lid to put them out. (Don’t drop it on your lap, trust me!)

by Anonymousreply 2704/17/2020

Houses on TV with nary an item out of place. They’re always perfectly dusted, beds made, never mail from that day on the countertop, or a dirty dish in the sink, nothing.

You’d think everyone has a full time housekeeper.

by Anonymousreply 2804/17/2020

Gay men with nothing better to do than offer fashion tips and dating advice to straight people

by Anonymousreply 2904/17/2020

Someone on a sitcom pops off some good zingers and no one cracks up or acknowledges the funny...except the live audience. It's like none of the characters have sense of humor.

by Anonymousreply 3004/17/2020

I prefer that to characters laughing at each other since that feels too self-conscious.

by Anonymousreply 3104/17/2020

Children smart-mouthing their parents. And living long enough to do another episode.

by Anonymousreply 3204/17/2020

People from wildly different backgrounds, upbringings, and social strata becoming a group of best friends.

by Anonymousreply 3304/17/2020

[quote]I prefer that to characters laughing at each other since that feels too self-conscious.

No. Because in real life people laugh and try to get cheap laughs and people laugh.

by Anonymousreply 3404/17/2020

People saying "besides, ..." casually and often.

by Anonymousreply 3504/17/2020

Everyone walks around them instead of them walking around other people, usually on a busy sidewalk.

by Anonymousreply 3604/17/2020

In a busy city, there is always a parking spot free right in front of wherever they are going.

by Anonymousreply 3704/17/2020

Pizza delivery boys never leave without fucking you first.

by Anonymousreply 3804/17/2020

[quote]In a busy city, there is always a parking spot free right in front of wherever they are going.

"Doris Day parking."

by Anonymousreply 3904/17/2020

Post link to part 1 thread

by Anonymousreply 4004/17/2020

R39 I learned that expression here on DL.

I used it last year when I pulled into a spot in front of a restaurant and my friend thought it was hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 4104/17/2020

Purposely getting close enough to someone without them knowing to:

(1) overhear something - causing the drama to unfold

(2) view them in their homes, peer at them, without detection - like detectives, or jealous lovers

by Anonymousreply 4204/17/2020

After they protest how much they hate you, you grab them and kiss them and they fall madly in love with you.

by Anonymousreply 4304/17/2020

^ Also, if a man and woman hate each other at the beginning of a movie, they be in love by then end of it

by Anonymousreply 4404/17/2020

Groups of police officers, e.g., "Criminal Minds," where there is not at least one stupid, dead-weight officer.

by Anonymousreply 4504/17/2020

R43 - I have seen this is gay porn too but, being porn, no one is surprised at the turnaround. But can be a hate fuck too.

by Anonymousreply 4604/17/2020

... seen this in ...

by Anonymousreply 4704/17/2020

Someone walks up to another character without making a sound and puts his hand on the person's shoulders just as jump-scare music blares on the speakers!

by Anonymousreply 4804/20/2020

r42, you've obviously seen "You" with Penn whatshisface.

by Anonymousreply 4904/20/2020

Bump

by Anonymousreply 5004/20/2020

[quote]For Canada: Chinese food coming in boxes. Ever since I was a kid it always came in a metal container with a cardboard lid. It was something I only saw on tv/in movies.

They don't have those boxes in Canada? My town in Massachusetts has several Chinese places and they all use those white boxes.

by Anonymousreply 5104/21/2020

The girl gets mad and runs away. The guy chases after her, makes it up by revealing true love feelings.

Never fucking happens. Guys today are like Fine! See ya, bitch.

by Anonymousreply 5204/21/2020

Finding someone who looks exactly like another person, enough that they can impersonate them.

by Anonymousreply 5304/21/2020

I just noticed on "My Brilliant Friend" that every time someone goes in front of a railway bridge, there is a train going over it. Every time.

by Anonymousreply 5404/22/2020

Someone in the earlier thread commented about how young people today see young people represented. i just finished watching a video of Joaquin Phoenix in QUILLS. Several posters commented about how 'old' Joaquin looked to be 26. Actually, he was 25 when it was filmed, but it brings up a good point: Many young people today have a warped sense of what a twnetysomething or even thirtysomehing year old looks.

by Anonymousreply 5504/23/2020

R53, just saw this AGAIN in The Dublin Murders, which is on either Netflix or Amazon. Was incredibly stupid to think that someone was an exact duplicate in looks AND voice for someone else and that four roommates would be fooled for even an instant.

by Anonymousreply 5604/23/2020

R34: Go find the Carol Burnett show online. Watch - in many scenes you can see them trying not to laugh out loud. Its too funny. Especially one in which Tim Conway is going on about something and Lionel Wagoner is trying none too successfully to stop himself cracking up.

by Anonymousreply 5704/23/2020

Gifts you don't have to unwrap--you just take the top off the box.

by Anonymousreply 5804/23/2020

That’s not at all what he’s talking about, r57.

He’s not talking about actors breaking character and laughing. He’s saying why don’t any of the [bold]characters[/bold] laugh at something that’s funny.

by Anonymousreply 5904/23/2020

R6, What?! The woman is usually starkers, while the MAN is still clothed!

by Anonymousreply 6004/23/2020

Carrying your groceries in a brown paper bag, out of the top of which peeps a loaf of French baguette and leafy tops of carrots.

Nurses wearing white dresses, white hose, white shoes, and little white caps.

Getting down on one knee to propose.

by Anonymousreply 6104/23/2020

[quote] Lionel Wagoner

Oh, dear. The man just died! Have some respect!

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by Anonymousreply 6204/23/2020

R6, R7, et al., re depicted sexual situations: "Things common in....." is, one should presume, to refer to today's media, now, the present, not movies from the 1950s or television programs not on cable.

One might as well say we have never seen in Real Life people communicating in mime, with captions.

by Anonymousreply 6304/23/2020

Okay, R63, so this is a retro one: offering or being offered a nightcap. People having decanters of whisky in their living rooms.

by Anonymousreply 6404/23/2020

[quote] Nurses wearing white dresses, white hose, white shoes, and little white caps.

I’ve only seen this on shows either from the 1970s or depicting the 1970s.

[quote]Getting down on one knee to propose.

People still do this. Everyone does.

by Anonymousreply 6504/23/2020

Regards nurses there's a color code now in hospital in the Georgia area. Mostly in dark blue, tech in medium green.

by Anonymousreply 6604/23/2020

R55 recently I watched a newer film version of ROMEO & JULIET with my teen niece, and she had much the same to say.

While designed as something of a historical-renactment and being quite dusty in tone & style this film was made using lead actors still in their teens & twenties and came out in 2013, so still stands as a fairly contemporary adaptation; nonetheless my niece griped that everyone and everything “looked so old and tired”, and that she was unsettled having to look at pale skin and untouched eyebrows and straggly hair and facial lines on the thespians in question. I myself thought the actors looked far too well-rested, polished and babyfaced for Shakespearean characters in their own temporal setting, but I’m nearly thirty so of course in the land of teenagers I know nothing and my opinion is worthless (shudder to think that I was the same way only a short time ago).

Still, I think you have hit on an interesting idea about change in visual culture and in the socialisation of ageing. My pet theory is that nothing has been more damaging to the psyche of youth than the infantilic animé trend of the ‘doll’ (no, not that kind, Ms. Lawson) married to the ubiquity of a cam-based HD world.

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by Anonymousreply 6704/23/2020

There was a 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet? That completely escaped my notice.

by Anonymousreply 6804/23/2020

I have students who consider the presence of coin laundries in a neighborhood a sign that it is a run-down and poor place to live.

by Anonymousreply 6904/23/2020

[quote]I have students who consider the presence of coin laundries in a neighborhood a sign that it is a run-down and poor place to live.

Umm…well…

by Anonymousreply 7004/23/2020

All windows with curtains open at night, lights on.

Parking spots wherever the protagonist needs them.

Characters going for hours and hours (on the run, say, or on an investigation), without a bathroom break or food.

by Anonymousreply 7104/23/2020

R55 r67 I agree. Its strange to frequently see comments on American entertainment sites referring to every actor or entertainer who doesn't look like a freshly scrubbed 16 year old looking "hardened " and "rough " . We all know someone in who looks extraordinarily youthful well into middle age but it's not quite as common as you would think from media portrayals. Frankly I prefer the more mature faces and would rather see more adult looking performers in film rather than yet another Kewpie doll face. But I suppose that's fallen out of vogue.

by Anonymousreply 7204/23/2020

Op is a shut in.

by Anonymousreply 7304/23/2020

People that say I will pick you up tonight or meet you tomorrow morning without specifying a specific time.

by Anonymousreply 7404/23/2020

[quote]Go find the Carol Burnett show online. Watch - in many scenes you can see them trying not to laugh out loud. Its too funny. Especially one in which Tim Conway is going on about something and Lionel Wagoner is trying none too successfully to stop himself cracking up.

I find that very unprofessional at the time.

But I really found it annoying when I heard that they wrote those "breaking character" moments into the script based on rehearsal.

It's very cheesy to do that.

Especially since Tim Conway was NEVER funny.

by Anonymousreply 7504/23/2020

Colored people knowing their place.

by Anonymousreply 7604/23/2020

[quote]Gifts you don't have to unwrap--you just take the top off the box.

This always cracks me up because it is so prevalent -- and ridiculous.

The person who wrapped the gift wraps the ribbon around the top of the box and then a separate ribbon around the bottom.

Nobody does that except in movies/TV.

by Anonymousreply 7704/23/2020

R72 Another example is LITTLE WOMEN. Christian Bale was 19/20 when he filmed that, and I think he looks pretty youthful, but I've seen many comments lately about how old he looks compared to Timothee Chalomet in the recent remake, Chalamet was 22/23, mind you. Yeah, if you're going to keep casting twentysomethings who still look like high schoolers, it's going to warp many young impressionable minds.

by Anonymousreply 7804/23/2020

R67 I'm not really sure what you're saying but I was a teenager when the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet came out. I asked my teacher if we could watch that one but he said it was too wild and put on the 60s version. At the time the 60s felt like they were 50 years away, I wanted to see the popular stuff. I was so bored watching it.

I recently saw it again and can appreciate it. That actress was beautiful. I think teenagers just want be where the fun is and are suceptible to hype.

by Anonymousreply 7904/24/2020

Every character has a relatively new car. No one has an old clunker or a far more than 3 years old, unless it’s for that character.

by Anonymousreply 8004/25/2020

Just watched an episode of King of Queens this morning. Todd stops at a gas station, (they are heading to a lake) he asks the guy to fill up the tank. Todd asks the guy for directions, he gets his gas and drives off. There was no exchange or even discussion of payment!

by Anonymousreply 8104/25/2020

The fuck is Todd?

by Anonymousreply 8204/25/2020

Doug, I meant Doug.

by Anonymousreply 8304/25/2020

To go along with the warped view on ages, what about people who think that fat people aren't really fat? Because so many people are obese today and the fact that the the past decade the entertainment industry has been trying to sell plus models and overweight people as normal and beautiful, I see so many comments about how some people in the past weren't that fat. I was watching clips of ROSEANNE and some people commented that she really wasn't fat. Yes, she was! She was most definitely obese in the early seasons, then was just fat when she slimmed down a bit.

by Anonymousreply 8404/27/2020

‘Is there a doctor in the house?’

by Anonymousreply 8504/27/2020

The Jeffersons and Friends having people randomly knock on their apartment doors/ring doorbells. The Jeffersons had a doorman--why did he let everyone go upstairs unannounced? Friends had an intercom/buzzer setup. I can remember it being used when Brooke Shields was stalking Joey and when the restaurant owner that Monica wrote a bad review about came to confront her.

by Anonymousreply 8604/27/2020

People driving a car the split second after they turn the ignition on. No warming up necessary!

by Anonymousreply 8704/27/2020

I do that with almost every car. What are you driving r87?

by Anonymousreply 8804/27/2020

I admit that I have only ever driven 4 cars over two decades, but unless there was a mechanical problem none of them needed to "warm up."

by Anonymousreply 8904/27/2020

I saw this on some Netflix show recently. Newly arrived in town heroine goes into local pub/restaurant, orders food, then someone she met that day approaches and says "so and so has a rental house you can stay in, let's go see it now" so they leave without telling the poor establishment owner to box food up or even pay. This whole scenario is over used.

by Anonymousreply 9004/27/2020

Walking stoically into the ocean fully clothed as a method for killing oneself.

by Anonymousreply 9104/27/2020

Except in Hollywood. A woman married to a man 20 years older than her.

by Anonymousreply 9204/27/2020

The “popular kids” in high schools being the football players and cheerleaders. My school was too big for anyone to really be popular and we didn’t even have a football team or cheerleaders.

by Anonymousreply 9304/27/2020

Hair. It rarely changes on shows or movies, even if a year has passed. Rich, poor, middle class, every man and woman seems to afford a fresh cut. The worst are the busy women with perfect (wigs) hair that have been curled and sprayed to death. The day can include a car chase, followed by a 400 meter dash in heels while dodging bullets from a gunman, just to duck out of the way from a series of explosions, only to end up a hand to hand battle. Yet their hair never falls flat.

Look at you Angels.

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by Anonymousreply 9404/27/2020

Thankfully this is starting to change, but it used to be that a gay kid under the age of 21 that takes part in their homosexual feelings has a 50/50 shot of ending the movie dead or broken hearted. Any movie that shows a gay hustler must include a beating or a straight up murdered. It's like puritans, posing as gay film makers, took over gay cinema from the 90s into the 2010s.

by Anonymousreply 9504/27/2020

Pushing food around your plate and never eating it.

by Anonymousreply 9604/27/2020

People who don't change their clothes when they come home from work. Eating dinner around the table and they're still wearing the same damn clothes.

by Anonymousreply 9704/27/2020

Everyone relaxing at home, and kids playing video games, all wearing shoes. Who does that?

by Anonymousreply 9804/27/2020

R90 speaking of rentals, a man or woman who is new in town looks for a place to rent on a low budget and it is absolutely GORGEOUS. Spacious, well lit, and nicely decorated. Never some dingy looking studio apartment the size of a walk in closet.

by Anonymousreply 9904/27/2020

A person with amnesia.

by Anonymousreply 10004/27/2020

Teenagers who "act out " and blame anger over their parents divorce. Usually when teenagers have trouble it's because of things happening outside the house or issues with peers. Or hormones.

Close platonic relationships with much older guys and attractive younger women. Most straight men do not develop familial /paternal feelings for women they are not related to.

by Anonymousreply 10104/27/2020

[quote]speaking of rentals, a man or woman who is new in town looks for a place to rent on a low budget and it is absolutely GORGEOUS. Spacious, well lit, and nicely decorated. Never some dingy looking studio apartment the size of a walk in closet.

Of course. This is Hallmark/Lifetime staple. A gorgeous little seaside cottage or adorable apartment over a shop on Main St. They will also land a job and meet their love interest in 2 days.

by Anonymousreply 10204/27/2020

"Hair. It rarely changes on shows or movies, even if a year has passed. Rich, poor, middle class, every man and woman seems to afford a fresh cut. The worst are the busy women with perfect (wigs) hair that have been curled and sprayed to death. The day can include a car chase, followed by a 400 meter dash in heels while dodging bullets from a gunman, just to duck out of the way from a series of explosions, only to end up a hand to hand battle. Yet their hair never falls flat."

In old movies women always wake up with perfume curled and coiffed hair

by Anonymousreply 10304/27/2020

Adults fucking teenagers and no one having an issue with it. Gossip Girl had an entire season where Nate, a Junior, was being blackmailed by some 30-something housewife and forced to sleep with her. His friends know what's going on but sort of shrug it off until they find a plot device to reverse the blackmail. No one thinks to just tell an adult. Most kids gossip so in real life an adult would catch on and follow up.

In every teen dramas, girls always date some bad boy in his 20s that shouldn't be fucking a high schooler. Yet, they will stay together for half the season. He will take her on coffee dates and maybe even attend a high school party where he fights with her ex. Basically, they guy is a loser, but on TV he's just that edgy hunk that every girl dreams of meeting for a fling.

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Kids seem to be unaware these days that people in previous decades were slightly shorter and noticeably older looking than they were. Open up yearbooks from the 30's up until the 60's/70's and you'll see a bunch of teenagers who look like they could be up to 35 years old in today's day and age.

by Anonymousreply 10504/27/2020

r105 I think kids today look more mature, but the changes to makeup and camera lighting softened facial features. especially as compensation for HD.. Make up and film made women in the 90s look washed out.

TikTok kids sometimes look like adults. The abs and confidence doesn't help. Prison bait, all of them.

by Anonymousreply 10604/27/2020

Private detectives as numerous as accountants.

Henchman conveniently knocked unconscious with a punch to the jaw.

People being knocked back six feet by a single gunshot.

by Anonymousreply 10704/28/2020

All good ones, r107.

Forgot about those.

by Anonymousreply 10804/28/2020

R97, what are you watching?

I have not seen any scenes of people in work uniforms or grease stained overalls, etc. eating dinner.

Not to defend the movie version of reality, but the people who would change clothes after work, actually do in film. And the vast majority of people do not, just like in life.

by Anonymousreply 10904/28/2020

R107, going flying with gunshot impact is at least better than shrugging off one or sometimes multiple gunshot wounds, limping around and carrying on the fight. Utterly impossible, through shock trauma alone.

by Anonymousreply 11004/28/2020

Plane crashes Having a doppelgänger/double Becoming an orphan and being sent to an orphanage Wild animal attacks Rabies Quicksand

These were all sources of dread for me in childhood, especially quicksand. I’ve never encountered quicksand outside of a movie or television episode.

by Anonymousreply 11104/28/2020

Sorry about the formatting! There were line breaks in my list but I don’t know what happened to them.

by Anonymousreply 11204/28/2020

Bringing home a Christmas tree from the lot with two wooden boards nailed to the bottom. No one has to spend an hour fucking with the stand screws trying to get the fucking tree to balance!

by Anonymousreply 11304/28/2020

Characters receiving complex instructions absorb tons of detailed info without a problem. Pronounce names perfectly. Perfect memories

by Anonymousreply 11404/28/2020

[quote] Just watched an episode of King of Queens this morning.

Why?

by Anonymousreply 11504/28/2020

Well, R15, I'm not the person you are addressing but I imagine it's because we are all staying home and running out of stuff to watch. I've been rewatching SATC, Home Town, Two and a Half Men (the CS years), old movies like PinP and Sixteen Candles, next up I'll probably rerun W&G and Frasier.

by Anonymousreply 11604/28/2020

I hate the pop in on shows. Even when I go home to see my parents, I will knock on the door. You just don't walk into anyone's house.

by Anonymousreply 11704/28/2020

Gruff, nasty assholes who are also geniuses and exceptionally knowledgeable and competent in their field. Usually when someone acts like a piece of shit 24 /7 they are LESS competent, not more. And usually prone to major mistakes because they don't listen to other people's input.

by Anonymousreply 11804/28/2020

Businesswomen's Special at the sandwich counter

by Anonymousreply 11904/28/2020

Children acting out during emergency situations, like a zombie apocalypse or alien invasion. During emergencies families revert to their pack mentality and try to stay alive. Like they did during Katrina or during a tsunami. I don't see Tom Cruise's teenage son running off to join the military during an alien invasion, leaving his beloved sister behind on a hill. Just no.

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by Anonymousreply 12004/28/2020

R120, same with kids not being watched during a time of crisis thereby allowing them to do something really fucking stupid like the first scenes in A Quiet Place.

No one EVER turns lights on in movies. Night time and they are all stumbling around in the dark. First thing I do is turn a light on and always have a side lamp on at least even while watching tv.

by Anonymousreply 12104/28/2020

You reminded me r121 the darkness in horror movies. Woman hears a noise in their house. Instead of turning on lights, they creep in the darkness. Same with single females asking who's there into a dark room. Bitch, if someone is hiding in the dark, they aren't the type to answer your question. Lock yourself in your bedroom and call the police like any sane person.

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by Anonymousreply 12204/28/2020

and R122 let's not forget to drop the weapon after one blow thinking the monster is dead like the stupid bitch in Halloween.

by Anonymousreply 12304/28/2020

Women who decide to investigate the ghost, monster, or serial killer while wearing their sexiest lingerie

by Anonymousreply 12404/28/2020

Don't forget high heels and if they are running they always trip and fall or drop the keys they are holding. These are getting so cliched even some newer movies make fun of them.

by Anonymousreply 12504/28/2020

r123 never a good head shot with the gun.

Jump scares are the worst.

by Anonymousreply 12604/28/2020

The ability to magnify, enhance, or zoom in on minuscule details in low-res photos or video footage, resulting in perfectly clear results.

by Anonymousreply 12704/28/2020

I'm watching something called La Llorona right now about some old witch taking kids. Well, mom knows something evil is after her kids yet still insists on putting them to bed alone in their rooms and letting one take a bath upstairs while she is downstairs.

Would not happen in real life.

by Anonymousreply 12804/28/2020

R93 Where did you go to school? I went to a big high school in Massachusetts with almost every type of sport available, including tennis and lacrosse. The athletes, especially the football/basketball players and cheerleaders, were the most popular kids in school. Almost treated like Gods. Needless to say, homecoming and pep rallys were a very big deal. (I'm willing to bet that football/cheerleaders are an even bigger deal in Texas.)

And, yes, the cheerleaders wore their outfits to school, but only on home game days or during spirit week. Shows like GLEE exaggerate with Quinn et al. wearing them daily, but that's expected in satire.

by Anonymousreply 12904/28/2020

Multiracial gangs. The recent WSS revival made me think of it.

by Anonymousreply 13004/28/2020

R129 I went to the “Fame” school in NYC. It was a huge school and we did have sports teams, but nothing even remotely resembling the dynamic we see in the vast majority of TV shows and movies. There really were no “popular” kids, though a handful were particularly noteworthy for their talent. I actually went to college in Massachusetts, where I was shocked to hear of experiences like yours.

by Anonymousreply 13104/28/2020

Totally agree, r75. I don't care for it on SNL, either.

by Anonymousreply 13204/28/2020

R1 387

by Anonymousreply 13304/28/2020

R133

by Anonymousreply 13404/28/2020

That gets to me too r122. That whole "Hello!!! HELLOOO!!! I'm alone and vulnerable!!! Helllooooooo!!!"

by Anonymousreply 13504/28/2020

R133 and r134 here. Apologies for messed up phone keyboard!

Wanted to say to r87 that cars from this century don't need to "warm up."

by Anonymousreply 13604/28/2020

People who begin dating a doppelganger of their ex (or someone they pine for) but neither they nor the ex/crush notices the similarities; only their friends/family do. Off the top of my head, THE NANNY and FRIENDS did such episodes.

by Anonymousreply 13704/28/2020

Um, r137, you never heard of people having a type? My ex showed me pics of some of his exes and we could all be cousins.

by Anonymousreply 13804/28/2020

R138 I' have never seen it, as the title of the thread suggests Also, on TV/film, they're exact copies, usually because they're played by the same actor, not just similar in looks.

by Anonymousreply 13904/28/2020

A family of 4 or more sitting down and eating breakfast together on a school morning.

by Anonymousreply 14004/28/2020

Police officers giving a turn signal

by Anonymousreply 14104/28/2020

Convening with family members in the kitchen in the middle of the night.

by Anonymousreply 14204/28/2020

R113 That really did used to be a thing. You could buy Christmas trees that always had at least two strong wooden boards nailed to the base of the trunk to allow it to stand level. Of course this meant you couldn't water the tree so it dried out sooner but they usually still lasted a couple weeks.

by Anonymousreply 14304/28/2020

R143 that was probably back in the days when people didn't get a tree until a week or two before Christmas. Nowadays, people get one around Thanksgiving.

by Anonymousreply 14404/28/2020

Everyone has plastic surgery and new teeth.

by Anonymousreply 14504/28/2020

r142 I've done that. Usually some terrible crap went down warranting a middle of the night family chat. The kitchen works because it's away from the bedrooms and you might need coffee or something harder depending on the conversation.

by Anonymousreply 14604/28/2020

The weeknight family dinner table has a full place settings, as well as serving dishes, gravy boat, bread basket, etc. Ain't nobody got time for that shit.

by Anonymousreply 14704/28/2020

People driving to someone's house for a 2 minute conversation.

Characters starting said 2 minute conversation then seeing or hearing something they shouldn't have and dramatically leaving.

"You know what? I just remember that I forgot...I'll, talk to you later!" No one just up and leaves someones place like that.

by Anonymousreply 14804/28/2020

R39, I love the term Doris Day parking, and I use it once in a while, at least around my gay or savvy friends.

But when I'm with straight friends or family, and the situation arises, I call it Hollywood parking, and everyone knows exactly what I mean

by Anonymousreply 14904/28/2020

Something you see in the movies but never happens in real life, is a person turning on the nightstand lamp to answer the phone. Who needs all that bright light when you were asleep just a second ago. The phone lights up anyway, and it's not exactly like you don't know where the damn thing is even if it's a landline.

by Anonymousreply 15004/28/2020

That’s a great one, r150. I hadn’t thought of that until now. That’s hysterical.

R143, I didn’t know that. How quaint.

by Anonymousreply 15104/29/2020

Pregnant women who ALWAYS have their hands holding their belly.

by Anonymousreply 15204/29/2020

[quote]Who needs all that bright light when you were asleep just a second ago.

Especially since in movie/TV, turning off the lights doesn't cause darkness, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 15304/29/2020

Two characters come back from somewhere but wait till they get home to have a conversation that in real life they would've had in the car ride.

by Anonymousreply 15404/29/2020

Wet pavement. All the damn time.

by Anonymousreply 15504/29/2020

They turn on the TV or Radio and the news people are talking about the very story that is central to the plot.

by Anonymousreply 15604/29/2020

[quote] They turn on the TV or Radio and the news people are talking about the very story that is central to the plot.

And they hit the mute button when the commercial comes on.

by Anonymousreply 15704/29/2020

Breakfast is so polarizing. Kids either never eat and just run to the bus or they sit down for a grand feast. Rarely is it cereal or a pop tart.

by Anonymousreply 15804/29/2020

r157 I hit the mute button as well. After years of using streaming services for 95% of my TV viewership, I don't have the patience for commercials.

by Anonymousreply 15904/29/2020

r150 Older phones didn't light up and it's easier to find the phone with the light on.

by Anonymousreply 16004/29/2020

Serial killers who carefully plan out revenge plots against a group of people who did them wrong, like, 50 years ago.

Serial killers with genius level IQs

by Anonymousreply 16104/29/2020

r160 I think what he means is that the phone is right next to them on the night stand. The sound alone can lead you to the source. What good does the light do if you are only answering the thing. Older phones didn't have caller ID so there really was no reason to blind yourself with the side lamp.

by Anonymousreply 16204/29/2020

Groups of straight friends that don't racially match each other. That's RARE in real life.

by Anonymousreply 16304/29/2020

[quote] Rarely is it cereal or a pop tart.

Who would feed their kiddos a pop tart?! Why, that’s child abuse!

by Anonymousreply 16404/29/2020

Having a glass of water by their bed to drink from though it would be room temperature when they get to it. I always get up and go to the fridge for my cold water fix, though guzzled from the bathroom tap when I was younger.

by Anonymousreply 16504/29/2020

Prefacing a statement with "look—" to emphasize a point.

by Anonymousreply 16604/29/2020

R163, I was going to say the opposite---that on television groups of friends are always of one race. But this may be regional--in my cities, New York and Miami it is pretty rare to be in a group of just white people or just black people. Sometime in Miami, there are groups of just hispanic folk--but even that is rare.

by Anonymousreply 16704/29/2020

R167 I think the NYC elite tend to be mainly white. Sex and the City got that right but they were criticized for it after the fact. I agree with R163 that in the rest of the country (that is not La or NYC or Miami) friendships tend to be of one race.

by Anonymousreply 16804/29/2020

So did Seinfeld, r168.

by Anonymousreply 16904/29/2020

Re Gray's Anatomy: So many black doctors/surgeons. In real life, they would be nurses or custodians. Sad but true. They may dominate in basketball and football and marathons, but not in medicine.

by Anonymousreply 17004/29/2020

R166 visit Wales or the West of England sometime. There, sentences start with “look”, end with “look” and even link together with “look” as a punctuation mark.

by Anonymousreply 17104/30/2020

[quote] Older phones didn't light up

One could find non-digital light-up receivers as well as entire telephone units that flow in the dark since the late ‘80s-early ‘90s, which was 30 years ago.

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[quote] Gossip Girl had an entire season where Nate, a Junior, was being blackmailed by some 30-something housewife and forced to sleep with her. His friends know what's going on but sort of shrug it off until they find a plot device to reverse the blackmail.

That was indeed a creepy subplot, but fairly realistic (straight boys IRL get high-fives for bagging a MILF) and in-keeping with how that show in particular handled every other dramatic unsettling problem they encountered (remember when Chuck pimped out his girlfriend Blair to his own uncle, to stop a hotel being sold? Yeah...)

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R97 = Veda Pierce.

by Anonymousreply 17404/30/2020

R170 I don't think it's [italic] that [/italic] unrealistic.

by Anonymousreply 17504/30/2020

R170 must live in Bumblefuck, Flyover or has never been to a hospital anywhere outside of Bumblefuck, Flyover.

by Anonymousreply 17604/30/2020

I know, R176. In most hospitals I have been in, the majority of the doctors are Black, Indian, Latinx, Asian or Filipino. White doctors are the minority.

by Anonymousreply 17704/30/2020

[quote] the majority of the doctors are Black, Indian, Latinx,

*massive fucking eyeroll*

by Anonymousreply 17804/30/2020

Kids in disaster movies who are asthmatic. There's always one and they never have their inhaler with them forcing the adult to risk their life to get one. I am so sick of that one. We were watching something the other night and I called it.

by Anonymousreply 17904/30/2020

Was it Wold War Z? Thankfully, Brad drops his crotch fruit and beard off somewhere 1/3 of they way through the movie, then the movie really hits it's stride.

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The other plot device is "let's all separate". Not a good idea.

by Anonymousreply 18104/30/2020

[quote] then the movie really hits it's stride.

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 18204/30/2020

R178 Exactly! Those are just SJW posters trying to save face. Most doctors in the US are white, Indian, Asian, or Middle-Eastern.

by Anonymousreply 18304/30/2020

R181 is Brenda Meeks.

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Blacks and Latinos are usually the nurses or custodians.

by Anonymousreply 18504/30/2020

And by Indian we mean those who come from India, not Native Americans.

by Anonymousreply 18604/30/2020

SJWs are very anti-white so don't expect to give them any credit.

by Anonymousreply 18704/30/2020

R177 How can that be if whites are the great majority? Blacks are only 12% of the population and Latinos are only 18%? Filipino are certainly lower than that.

by Anonymousreply 18804/30/2020

[quote] And by Indian we mean those who come from India, not Native Americans.

Oh, that’s good.

One would think the feathers would be unsanitary.

by Anonymousreply 18904/30/2020

R189 You didn't provide anything informative in your post but to try to play the race card.

by Anonymousreply 19004/30/2020

R190, it was a joke FFS.

I’m not playing the race card. Besides, that’s been played so many times someone must have gin rummy by now.

Calm down, SJW.

by Anonymousreply 19104/30/2020

I'm not an SJW. i'm a gay Latino who is sick of this censorship that the far-left has wrought upon us. I'm just so sick of it all. I want to go back to making art the way WE want to NOT how we're dictated to do so.

by Anonymousreply 19204/30/2020

Women carrying purses or leather totes: The bags are always perfectly shaped. IRL, everything falls to the bottom and the purses are bulky and awkward.

by Anonymousreply 19304/30/2020

Well then we’re actually in agreement.

Let me ask you this, though, how do you feel about the term Latinx?

by Anonymousreply 19404/30/2020

R194 I don't like it. I just associate it with SJW-ness.

by Anonymousreply 19504/30/2020

R178, we are not talking private practice. Hospital medical staff are residents, new doctors, and doctors who cannot get a practice going.

White doctors go into private practice. If you have a medical school in your city, you have mostly minority doctors in your hospitals.

by Anonymousreply 19604/30/2020

The pat-down by law enforcement. It can't be that fast and cursory. Wouldn't a real pat-down take some muscle and time?

by Anonymousreply 19704/30/2020

Moving on from the SJW topic. I think movies/TV forget about sleep. Too many commit the crime of saying rather than showing something. A character will say they are sleepy, but won't yawn, no bags under their eyes, and hair in perfect condition, despite being up all night. If they do yawn, it will be for that one little screen. In the next shot they will look well rested as the actor focuses on their lines rather than the physical state of the character after an all nighter. These show runners and movie makers need to visit a college campus early in the morning during finals week. This way they will get a better understanding of what an all nighter looks like on a person.

The show 24 was another offender of the sleep issue. Each episode represents 24 hours in a single day as he fights terrorism. Jack Bower never has to stop for a shit, a meal, or a general break. He just goes and goes.

by Anonymousreply 19804/30/2020

I just looked at the doctor directory of my local hospital's outpatient family medicine practice.

Looking at the first page of the directory:

Only two are white.

Two are black.

Four are Latinx

One is Indian

by Anonymousreply 19904/30/2020

Please let the doctor SJW stuff go. There are too many hospitals in the world for to avoid the anecdotes.

by Anonymousreply 20004/30/2020

[quote]Hospital medical staff are residents, new doctors, and doctors who cannot get a practice going.

Uh, no.

[quote] Four are Latinx

No, four are Latino. There’s no such thing as a latinx. A Latino on this thread just finished saying how much he hates it and disagrees with it, yet you feel you need to insult him more?

by Anonymousreply 20104/30/2020

This Latinx is fine with it.

by Anonymousreply 20204/30/2020

That is the entire basis for any Jennifer Love Hewitt show, R124.

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Only (dumb) Republicans use SJW as an insult, r200.

by Anonymousreply 20404/30/2020

The interesting thing is how some people accept stuff they see on old television programs or films as real, even when the evidence of their eyes shows otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 20504/30/2020

That's not even close to being true, (dumb) r204. I find SJWism to be pernicious at times, and I have never voted Republican in my life. And I vote.

by Anonymousreply 20604/30/2020

[quote]One could find non-digital light-up receivers as well as entire telephone units that flow in the dark since the late ‘80s-early ‘90s, which was 30 years ago.

You could by a Princess® phone in the early 1960s. The dial softly illuminated when the room got dark. Two slogans associated with this were, "When the sun goes down, the dial lights up," and "It's little, it's lovely, it lights."

by Anonymousreply 20704/30/2020

[quote]One could find non-digital light-up receivers as well as entire telephone units that flow in the dark since the late ‘80s-early ‘90s, which was 30 years ago.

Just because they were available doesn't mean everyone had one. After the AT&T breakup, many people just continued to use their existing phones for many years.

by Anonymousreply 20804/30/2020

R172 That's a rather hot scene. Ralph has amazing genes and doesn't seem to age much.

by Anonymousreply 20904/30/2020

[quote]Ralph has amazing genes and doesn't seem to age much.

Really? I watched Ugly Betty for months before I realized he was on it.

by Anonymousreply 21004/30/2020

Ralph is a total fox & I’d still totally lick his face.

by Anonymousreply 21104/30/2020

everyone sitting at a full table but leaving either the head or foot of the table empty

by Anonymousreply 21204/30/2020

Why don’t R183 and every reply onward mentioning ethnicities of medical personnel take their tedious game of Racial Eggshells to their own dedicated thread?

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A popular Jock or cheerleader who has a heart of gold despite hanging out with mean assholes. Usually people gravitate towards similar personality types, even when young .

by Anonymousreply 21404/30/2020

Scenes set in Paris where every window has a view of the Eiffel tower and people are walking around with a baguette in their shopping bag, inevitably you will always an accordion being played, usually near a sidewalk cafe.

by Anonymousreply 21504/30/2020

Oddly enough, due to Parisian zoning regulations that no buildings in the center city are more than six stories tall, many many windows do provide an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.

by Anonymousreply 21604/30/2020

Doris Day cab hailing.

by Anonymousreply 21704/30/2020

R213 waited for six posts and EIGHT hours to state her boundaries.

by Anonymousreply 21805/01/2020

What is that, r217?

Because if you’re referring to something like raising your hand in the air and a cab is there, that’s the way it was and still is in Manhattan.

by Anonymousreply 21905/01/2020

That is complete bullshit. You've never had trouble hailing a cab because it was full, off duty, competition from other people?

by Anonymousreply 22005/01/2020

Very very rarely, and usually only during the height of rush hour. To say one has never had a problem would be disingenuous. However, walking into the street, waving your hand in the air and having a cab appear is the norm in Manhattan.

It’s a little more rare nowadays with uber and Lyft, but it’s not at all unusual.

by Anonymousreply 22105/01/2020

[quote]inevitably you will always an accordion being played, usually near a sidewalk cafe.

and always playing La Vie En Rose.

by Anonymousreply 22205/01/2020

The sound of police cars or an ambulance is heard approaching the scene of an accident or crime within seconds of it occurring and we have seen no one report it.

by Anonymousreply 22305/01/2020

R215 Spot on with the accordion. Similarly, whenever a show features a Native American, there is a recorder being played.

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To continue with the theme above, any shot of a mid eastern country has an "exotic " woman singing in Arabic

by Anonymousreply 22505/01/2020

I just watched The Girl In The Mask episode of Bones about a Japanese girl that gets murdered and they played the Native American recorder music. I guess they were confused about what to play for Japanese people lol.

by Anonymousreply 22605/01/2020

R222 I have NEVER heard an accordion being played anywhere in France! I, too, am curious why this has become such a movie cliché.

by Anonymousreply 22705/01/2020

I once went to the Montmagny Accordion Festival in Quebec and a lot of the performers were French accordion players. So they are there somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 22805/02/2020

R228 My original comment should have been more clearly stated: "I have never heard an accordion being played IN PUBLIC anywhere in France!"

by Anonymousreply 22905/02/2020

Smashing cups and not cleaning up the mess. I just saw this is a movie where a man offered his wife a cup of tea after adding cream and sugar and she swiped it away and it crashed to the floor. They then had a conversation and neither bothered to clean up.

by Anonymousreply 23005/03/2020

Not something I'd normally encounter in real life, but still ridiculous in a fictional setting: someone gets shot in the head in a movie and you see a neat bullet hole with no blood coming out. I suppose it's to avoid an R rating, but come on. I had the misfortune of seeing footage of a man executed during the Vietnam War. He was shot in the head and the blood was gushing out like water from a garden hose.

Someone (usually a woman) is fleeing a killer and gets in a car. The car was working fine before, but she puts her key in the ignition and the engine stalls. This happens too often. She keeps trying to start the car as the killer approaches. Just before the killer strikes, she manages to get the car working and drives away.

by Anonymousreply 23105/03/2020

[quote]And when someone orders "a beer" the server or bartender never asks what brand.

Not strange where I live. Like the old Coke [bold]or[/bold] Pepsi thing, most small bars are one-brand bars, and it's obvious what brand it is - from the taps, from advertising names and logos, etc. Order a beer and the only question is what size. Most bars serve beer from a tap; they may also have a small selection of bottled beers, those you would have to ask for by name, and likewise if a bar has multiple types of beer on tap.

by Anonymousreply 23205/03/2020

[quote]My favorite recently-historical example of this is GOSSIP GIRL, in particular bedroom scenes with Blair & Chuck. You would rarely see these two in a sexual situation without outfits; as I recall the few near-nude instances involved many sheets in the way and expensive lingerie that was not removed. More often than not during a boudoir scene College-aged Blair would have on a lab expensive & delicate but modest silk slip/chemise and looking immaculate, and equally-young Chuck would be wearing obviously high-end pyjamas, slippers & a robe. They were never depicted padding around post-coitus looking rough without pants or barefoot. (R25)

That's some of the gayest shit I've ever read on Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 23305/03/2020

R230 again. The same film had the hero's car plummet down a hill with him in it, do a few rolls and land upright. Being set in the 1950s he wore no seat belt and he got out of the car without a cut or apparent injury. What man. Well it was superhunk Keith Andes.

by Anonymousreply 23405/04/2020

[quote] Someone (usually a woman) is fleeing a killer and gets in a car. The car was working fine before, but she puts her key in the ignition and the engine stalls. This happens too often. She keeps trying to start the car as the killer approaches. Just before the killer strikes, she manages to get the car working and drives away.

To tack onto this: the killer is never racing towards the car to catch the victim. He’s always walking ominously slow.

by Anonymousreply 23505/04/2020

I’m sick of killers finding everyone. For once I’d like them to be like, “where the fuck did they go?”

6’5, 300 lbs, killers, in work boots, walking around silently. You’d hear their big ass before they even got to your front door.

Scream 3 &4,Sid lived by herself in the country. After everything she’d been through, I don’t think a woman that’s been stalked by multiple killers would move to the middle of nowhere with just a gun and golden retriever. I grew up in the country, the darkness can be scary as hell when you’re home alone. I personally feel safer in the city with a police force down the street and neighbors I can call on for help. Same for the JLC in Halloween remakes. Yet, Michael Myers is rarely able to stock Brooklyn and kill a bunch of kids.

by Anonymousreply 23605/04/2020

[Quote] Yet, Michael Myers is rarely able to stock Brooklyn and kill a bunch of kids.

I mean it's not impossible.

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You got me r237!

by Anonymousreply 23805/04/2020

stalk

by Anonymousreply 23905/04/2020

Rain will always be accompanied by thunder and lightning. Always.

by Anonymousreply 24005/05/2020

A cherished item accidentally donated to charity and the rollercoaster ride of getting it back.

by Anonymousreply 24105/06/2020

It always rains in cemeteries.

by Anonymousreply 24205/06/2020

^^And/or is very foggy.

by Anonymousreply 24305/06/2020

And there is a wolf howling.

by Anonymousreply 24405/06/2020

A lottery win and the hard lessons that come with turning one's back on one's suddenly "poor" friends and family always lead our lucky winner to give the whole wad to charity before the comedy half-hour concludes.

by Anonymousreply 24505/06/2020

I once gave my whole wad to charity.

I mean, he was an older guy down on his luck. He did give good head, though.

by Anonymousreply 24605/06/2020

People who live way beyond their means. Rewatching SATC during shut down boredom it's beyond ridiculous that CB wore furs, Manolos, Dior and Gucci and went to every fabulous party and overpriced restaurant every fucking night.

by Anonymousreply 24705/06/2020

I know what you mean R247. I thought the same thing when I watched Big Little Lies recently and somehow Shailene Woodley's single mom character works PART TIME as a bookkeeper yet can afford a cottage right on the beach in Monterey. BULLSHIT.

by Anonymousreply 24805/06/2020

I was actually thrown off by the SATC girls weekday breakfasts. They lived at various parts of the city with different work obligations. It just didn't seem like a Marketing Executive (?) and a high achieving lawyer would make a leisure breakfast outside of a weekend. How did Carrier's broke ass even afford the food? I especially love the episode where she's complaining about being broke while eating out at their breakfast spot. Mr. Big was a financial life saver. If they do a third movie, they need to do an alternate reality sequence that show's Carrier working nights at a WholeFoods to pay off some debts before going home to her department featuring an empty closet after selling her designer clothes.

Charlotte's ex-husband handing her that gorgeous Park Avenue apartment without even a fight ticket me off. They weren't even married long enough for that to be authentic. She would have left with some money and purchased a smaller place, not get a 3 bedroom UES palace do to his impotency. Those families don't stay rich by rolling over during a divorce.

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by Anonymousreply 24905/06/2020

Credit cards or bobby pins to unlock doors.

by Anonymousreply 25005/06/2020

Women pretending to be men dressed as women and actually fooling people.

by Anonymousreply 25105/06/2020

Joan Crawford acting like a human being.

by Anonymousreply 25205/06/2020

[quote] what about people who think that fat people aren't really fat? Because so many people are obese today and the fact that the the past decade the entertainment industry has been trying to sell plus models and overweight people as normal and beautiful, I see so many comments about how some people in the past weren't that fat.

Imagine the shock of this non-American landing in the country for the first time expecting most people to look like 'Friends' and 'SATC' only to learn that the people on TV are representative of a minority of the population. Most Americans with any sort of looks are told from a young age and driven into show business or modeling.

by Anonymousreply 25305/06/2020

People in the movies and TV wake up looking good. Not a hair out of place, never a crusty eye or drool marks.

What kind of streets do they walk on that they can come in the house, put their feet up tables and jump on couches and beds with their shoes on? And speaking of putting their feet up, the bottom of the shoes are always so clean with no sign of dust or debris.

by Anonymousreply 25405/06/2020

The black best friend/wingman to a white person is very rare in real life.

by Anonymousreply 25505/07/2020

My best friend/wingman is white. No one has ever commented on it being "rare."

by Anonymousreply 25605/08/2020

Having a "wingman."

by Anonymousreply 25705/08/2020

Or a plain Jane best friend who exists only to see the leading lady find true love. She wants nothing for herself. Her entire life is devoted to the happiness of her friend.

by Anonymousreply 25805/08/2020

A combination of looks, brains, personality and athleticism. In real life, if you look like Tom Brady, and can play like Tom Brady, then you’re likely to get Tom Brady’s ‘intellect’.

by Anonymousreply 25905/08/2020

She wants the leading lady, r258.

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by Anonymousreply 26005/08/2020

Among books, particularly British mystery series, liberal and intellectual inspectors who have Ivy tower interests like art and niche music.

by Anonymousreply 26105/08/2020

not shutting doors. Okay, maybe it's just me, but I'm sort of obsessed by this lately. Is every set about to collapse? People go into apartments, even to have a very private conversation, and leave the door open. Why? What is this?

by Anonymousreply 26205/08/2020

Not only that R262 but stepping away 2 ft and having a private discussion about the people standing 2 ft. away and acting as if they wouldn't hear you.

by Anonymousreply 26305/08/2020

R262, I seem to notice the opposite, that people are forever shutting doors when they enter a room, it doesn't seem natural to me

by Anonymousreply 26405/08/2020

well, I'm gonna pay attention to that this week r264, cause I swear it's a thing. The open door. But maybe I'm watching old sitcoms, which in fairness I am lately. Maybe that's changed.

by Anonymousreply 26505/08/2020

Exterior night scenes with barking dogs off in the distance. Especially in horror movies.

by Anonymousreply 26605/08/2020

People celebrating someone's birthday but no one ever sings the happy birthday song.

by Anonymousreply 26705/08/2020

No, that’s in the public domain and has been for about 30 years, r267.

by Anonymousreply 26805/08/2020

Dogs howling isn't common.

by Anonymousreply 26905/08/2020

Stunningly attractive people being single.

by Anonymousreply 27005/09/2020

R13, you don't really see working class families on yv. Name one TV show or movie with a working class family living in a huge house. Your thinking of upper middle class of which they mostly are. Most TV and films feature people that are upper middle class. They are over represented in through media.

by Anonymousreply 27105/09/2020

[quote] Your thinking of upper middle class

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 27205/09/2020

[quote][R13], you don't really see working class families on yv. Name one TV show or movie with a working class family living in a huge house. Your thinking of upper middle class of which they mostly are. Most TV and films feature people that are upper middle class. They are over represented in through media.

Do the name [italic]Roseanne[/italic] ring a bell?

by Anonymousreply 27305/09/2020

Explosions with almost no fatalities. *Cough* Melrose Place *Cough* They should've saved it until two seasons later when everyone left. All we got was some 60 year old day player no one cared about.

by Anonymousreply 27405/09/2020

Good guys who get shot at 10000 times by the bad guys and survive. Luckily the bad guys always miss, even if they are trained snipers.

by Anonymousreply 27505/09/2020

r254 yes! There was a scene in The Morning Show, where Jennifer Aniston is woken up by her husband in the middle of the night. She looks exactly the same as she does when they are applying her makeup for her character's show. Actually, when they show her getting her makeup done, she looks completely the same because the real show's team had to put a pancake layer of heavy duty foundation on Anniston. But that bedroom scene made me roll my eyes. Between her botox-bloated face and Reece's horrible wigs, I was so distracted.

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r273, Roseanne is one of my favorite sitcoms. They aren't upper middle class nor do they live in a big sprawling house. What is your point?

by Anonymousreply 27705/09/2020

Using a steak to treat a black eye. Who the fuck does that?! Why would waste a steak when you can use ice?

by Anonymousreply 27805/09/2020

[Quote]r277, you (or someone) had asked for an example of "a working class family living in a huge house." There was nothing said about a big, sprawling house, and I was pointing out that the Conners WERE lower economic people. The house, however, while not a mansion, did seem to be very large.

by Anonymousreply 27905/10/2020

[quote]you don't really see working class families on yv

The Middle (2009-2018) wasn't exactly upper crust, or aspirational; no one marvelled about how they could afford such a fine house or expensive lifestyle.

A shit series (I've seen all or part of a few episodes) but it wasn't upper middle class, technically it was middle class more than working class in that one character was a quarry manager and the other a dental technician (or something like), but they were not setting the world on fire with disposable income and consumerism and posh surroundings; they were not pushing hard against the upper middle of anything.

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by Anonymousreply 28005/11/2020

R276 Jennifer does look awful.

by Anonymousreply 28105/11/2020

R280, that certainly is a detailed though erroneous analysis of a show that you have seen "all or part of a few episodes," out of 215.

They were definitely working class, and the constant struggle with money was a recurring theme throughout all its seasons.

by Anonymousreply 28205/11/2020

People begin conversations in a car, but don't continue them until they're inside a building about to enter an elevator or ascend stairs.

People open their front doors to a knock or doorbell within seconds, as though they are simply standing by.

Suburban residents park in their driveways after grocery shopping and carry their bags from there, rather than pulling into their garages and entering their houses that way.

by Anonymousreply 28305/12/2020

Oh, r273, I am old enough to get the awesome allusion!

by Anonymousreply 28405/12/2020

[quote]Oh, [R273], I am old enough to get the awesome allusion!

I was hoping that someone might.

by Anonymousreply 28505/12/2020

Buying a mansion in the New England, despite being a single woman with two adopted children. Never understood why the aunt purchased that house in Jumangi. No one was even excited to live there. I adore the home.

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by Anonymousreply 28605/13/2020

When people are alone or with their close friends in scenes they are so demure. Really? You don't adjust your junk or scratch your butt? Must be nice!

by Anonymousreply 28705/13/2020

R296 Well her plan was to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast, which would have helped with the mortgage. Plus she probably got put in charge of the life insurance from Judy and Peter's parents. And remember the house sat vacant since Alan disappeared so the price was greatly reduced.

by Anonymousreply 28805/14/2020

Oops meant R286^^.

by Anonymousreply 28905/14/2020

Laptops that get carried around from place to place to place and used for hours and hours and then brought home and used again...without ever plugging it in. Never a charging cable in sight on the home desk either.

Phones and laptops don't require charging in film and tv land.

by Anonymousreply 29005/14/2020

People opening a B&B as if that were an easy and sure way to make money.

by Anonymousreply 29105/14/2020

You're right r288, I completely forgot about that lol. It was still gigantic inside, must have been a bitch to heat.

by Anonymousreply 29205/14/2020

Dangling off the edge of a cliff or the wing of a plane is no biggie if you're the hero.....but probably deadly if you're a disposable supporting character or the villain

by Anonymousreply 29305/14/2020

In line with that, r293, people fall off a cliff and are able to grab a branch to save themselves on the way down, or the hero catches them by the arm once they've fallen over a balcony or out of the plane or whatever and is able to pull them up, with one arm.

by Anonymousreply 29405/14/2020

Characters who fall in love, and there's some back story about how they grew up together or were high school sweethearts.....but the actors are clearly 10-20 years apart in age.

Or actors who are 20-30 years apart being cast as siblings

by Anonymousreply 29505/14/2020

I just realized that I have not watched a single movie since this pandemic has started. I’ve been on a TV kick but no movies lol. This thread just pointed that out for me.

by Anonymousreply 29605/15/2020

Olive-skinned, brown-eyed parents with kids who have blonde hair and blue eyes (or vice versa)

by Anonymousreply 29705/15/2020

People reading a book waiting for someone to come home so they can have a talk.

by Anonymousreply 29805/15/2020

What do you do when you are waiting for someone? Read a magazine?

by Anonymousreply 29905/15/2020

[quote]What do you do when you are waiting for someone? Read a magazine?

I masturbate in anticipation.

by Anonymousreply 30005/15/2020

It's almost always at night, 299. Who knows when they're going to roll in. Do it at the breakfast table.

by Anonymousreply 30105/15/2020

R295 Unless they're supposed to be the same age, they could be half-siblings or the parents had one child when they were teenagers and the other child in their 30's/40's it's very uncommon but not impossible.

by Anonymousreply 30205/15/2020

Maybe, but there are lots of movies where people 20-30 years apart are supposed to be full siblings

I saw a movie called Haunted not too long ago where Kate Beckinsale (born in 1973) plays the sister of Anthony Andrews (born 1948). Their ages are not stated but it's clear the characters aren't supposed to be 20+ years apart in age (the characters were in school at the same time)

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[quote]Or actors who are 20-30 years apart being cast as siblings

Tell me about it.

by Anonymousreply 30405/15/2020

Buying a Christmas tree on freaking Christmas EVE?!

by Anonymousreply 30505/15/2020

That’s when you get the best deal. The tree lots want to sell all they can before it’s too late.

by Anonymousreply 30605/15/2020

R297 It's called recessive genes.

by Anonymousreply 30705/15/2020

r307, the thread is about things more common in movies and TV than in the real world. In the real world it isn't very common for brown eyed people to have a blue eyed kid.

by Anonymousreply 30805/15/2020

That annoys me too, R305. Nobody does that.

by Anonymousreply 30905/15/2020

Let's not forget the relatives and friends at funerals or weddings who give moving, coherent, thoughtful award-winning soliloquys. Ya, right! Real people give tangent-filled cringy, dull ramblings.

by Anonymousreply 31005/15/2020

I've heard that some people used to do the tree on Christmas Eve because Santa was supposed to bring the tree. If you watch the infamous "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, you'll note that the fab four are putting up a tree on Christmas Eve.

by Anonymousreply 31105/15/2020

R64. When I worked in Macys Bridal Registry iI always mentioned those scenes so men would buy them.

by Anonymousreply 31205/15/2020

R311 I think putting up a tree on Christmas Eve is not as uncommon as one might think. I think, at one point, it was more common to put the tree up on Christmas Eve. On a personal note, my parents were "over" Christmas around the time I entered my early-teens and started to put up their tree on Christmas Eve around that time. Then gave up on it completely, but that's neither here nor there.

by Anonymousreply 31305/15/2020

That thing where they repeatedly bang on the phone - I can't even remember what those hang-up buttons are called - going, "Operator. OPERATOR!" The operator is never there. I'm old and I never saw that done.

by Anonymousreply 31405/15/2020

Fully African-American parents that produce mixed race looking kids.

by Anonymousreply 31505/15/2020

R315: The Cosby Show is a good example. The 2 older daughters, Sondra and Denise, were played by women of mixed race. Bill Cosby originally wanted Vanessa Williams for Sondra and also considered Whitney Houston for the role.

Fun fact: The actress finally chosen to be Sondra is 10 years younger than Phylicia Rashad, the woman who played her mother. That situation doesn’t happen in real life.

by Anonymousreply 31605/16/2020

Wanna bet, R316?

by Anonymousreply 31705/16/2020

r316, not to mention Cliff and Claire I think went to high school together in the show's story, yet she was clearly a decade younger than him.

by Anonymousreply 31805/16/2020

If Aretha is your example, you lost the bet. She was 12, not 10, when she birthed her first child

However, there have been confirmed cases of girls as young as 5 giving birth. The 5-year-old was a case of precocious puberty. Sadly, many of these girls were impregnated because of rape.

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by Anonymousreply 31905/16/2020

People flip each other the bird A LOT more in film/tv than I've ever seen in real life. In real life, it seems to mostly be used in traffic!

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Poor people who fret about the rent but still have plenty of money for Starbucks, going out eating and drinking with friends, a gym membership, expensive hair and makeup and a designer wardrobe.

by Anonymousreply 32105/16/2020

^ Yeah, in movieland it seems like all women have designer wardrobes

by Anonymousreply 32205/16/2020

The cops/investigators always stumble upon the killer just in time to prevent him/her from killing again. I see this on Criminal Minds and Endeavour a lot.

by Anonymousreply 32305/16/2020

r322 or their clothes look new, in style, and just off the rack. Unless, they are in a rural setting, then the wardrobe gets the poverty hint and they age their clothes a bit, whether they are the wealthy farming family or work in the diner. This is why I love the Costume Category for the Academy Awards. Costumes are an art that anyone with a fashion degree can't achieve. The ones that know what they are doing are worth every penny.

by Anonymousreply 32405/16/2020

That reminds me, sometimes a movie designer does a character's clothes and they all look similar, except in different colors, for example similar neck lines or shoulder design or buttons…

I think in real life it's rare to have a half dozen variations on the same silhouette

by Anonymousreply 32505/16/2020

Someone up thread mentioned Police doing a 5 second pat down on a suspect. On LivePd it can take up to five minutes for an officer to finish a search. Some people carry an amazing amount of stuff in their pockets.

by Anonymousreply 32605/16/2020

Someone tails somebody and drives 5 car lengths behind them forever and they go unnoticed. Even if they are the only two cars on a rural two lane road.

by Anonymousreply 32705/16/2020

^ that goes the same with following someone in the street or into a shop.

by Anonymousreply 32805/16/2020

Uh oh. We’ve got company.

by Anonymousreply 32905/16/2020

Garbo called them customers. I believe we have a customer Mr. Green.

by Anonymousreply 33005/16/2020

[Quote] Poor people who fret about the rent but still have plenty of money for Starbucks, going out eating and drinking with friends, a gym membership, expensive hair and makeup and a designer wardrobe.

I feel so attacked right now.

by Anonymousreply 33105/16/2020

R58 yes! The top and bottom are individually wrapped.

Also tv remote controllers that "click" when you press the buttons.

by Anonymousreply 33205/16/2020

People will set something like a bag of groceries in the bed of a pickup truck, usually right behind the driver's seat area, and the bag of groceries is still in the same spot when the final destination is reached. In actuality, that bag of groceries would be all over the truck bed the second a right- or left-hand turn was made.

by Anonymousreply 33305/16/2020

Poor people also live in beautifully staged, fully accessorized homes.

by Anonymousreply 33405/16/2020

Why do you need to boil water when a woman goes into labor unexpectedly?

by Anonymousreply 33505/17/2020

R335, everybody loves placenta-flavored Ramen noodles.

by Anonymousreply 33605/17/2020

People waking up from a coma with perfect hair and makeup!

by Anonymousreply 33705/17/2020

In police movies, no matter what happens or how violent or outrageous, especially where an officer discharges his weapon, when the shift is over the cop goes home; in real life the cop would be tied up at the station house for hours, filling out reports, meeting the brass, etc...

by Anonymousreply 33805/17/2020

Patients ripping out their IVs and walking out of a hospital.

by Anonymousreply 33905/17/2020

I’ve done that. Why just last week I did.

They told me I could die, but they’re

by Anonymousreply 34005/17/2020

RR334 Yes, and impeccably clean and well-organised....

by Anonymousreply 34105/17/2020

Murderers who conveniently confess on the witness stand

by Anonymousreply 34205/17/2020

Salad bowls filled to the brim with absolutely no room to toss it. And even if it was tossed already, you couldn't dish it out without spillage.

by Anonymousreply 34305/17/2020

Criminal masterminds with dozens of henchmen in matching outfits all ready to die for the boss. Their thugs are all lousy shots, too, since they fire at the hero dozens of times without hitting him, and can be rendered immediately unconscious with a blow to the face or back of the neck.

by Anonymousreply 34405/18/2020

Instantly accessing the most arcane and private information with just a few keystrokes.

I can barely Google myself without getting hundreds of irrelevant hits.

by Anonymousreply 34505/18/2020

R345 And they don't even do proper Boolean searching techniques!!

by Anonymousreply 34605/18/2020

When the characters live in a huge house, but there are only 2 bedrooms. "You'll have to stay in Timmy's room." Same thing with bathrooms, why would a 4000 sf house have 2 bedrooms and 1 bath?

by Anonymousreply 34705/18/2020

One does want a study and a separate gift-wrapping room, you know.

by Anonymousreply 34805/18/2020

As the investigation reaches a shocking conclusion as to the identity of the criminal, the lead detective sends his partner and any children to stay at the out-of-town home of a relative. This safe house, usually unoccupied, will look like a lake retreat of a tech billionaire, calling into question the very different career choices and fortunes of close members of the same family.

by Anonymousreply 34905/18/2020

Cemeteries are always really foggy, for some reason

by Anonymousreply 35005/18/2020

R347 much like The OC where Ryan had to stay in a pool house because there was no room in the Cohens McMansion.

by Anonymousreply 35105/18/2020

It’s the corpse’s gasses, r350.

by Anonymousreply 35205/19/2020

People using laptops always close the lid when stopping or even pausing their work on them. You almost never see someone walk away from a laptop without closing it.

People go into pools if water without taking wallet, credit cards, and)or phone out of their pockets. They will have time to strip off a shirt, but the $1000 phone in their pocket is if no concern.

by Anonymousreply 35305/23/2020

Cough puking.

by Anonymousreply 35405/23/2020

r351 that made sense. In the first episode Mrs. Cohen didn't feel comfortable having some hoodlum that Sandy brought home stay in the house. She even mentioned being worried about Ryan corrupting Seth. So the pool house was a compromise, despite the home's 10,000 unlocked doors. Ryan loved the freedom and view that the pool house brings so he stayed out there.

I was more shocked that the Cohen's didn't have a house keeper. Yet no one is ever seen cleaning anything in that place.

by Anonymousreply 35505/23/2020

Car tires that squeal during chase scenes on dirt roads.

by Anonymousreply 35605/23/2020

The piano that mysteriously appears on a set when a character feels the urge to jump into a musical number but is never seen again.

And let's not forget the other character with amazing piano skills to be able to play on command and play to with someone singing to them.

by Anonymousreply 35705/23/2020

And when characters start singing along, they all know the words and come up with choreography on the spur of the moment!

by Anonymousreply 35805/23/2020

Gay sex without showering first.

by Anonymousreply 35905/24/2020

[quote]Someone ordering "a beer" at a bar.

that and a ton of other things mentioned here I've frequently encountered

by Anonymousreply 36005/24/2020

R359, or after.

by Anonymousreply 36105/24/2020

Holding my black boyfriend's hand at the Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 36205/24/2020

Or during.

Oh, wait.

by Anonymousreply 36305/24/2020

I'm sure that someone, in recent times at least, had a black boyfriend with them at the Oscars and probably held their hand. It just wasn't a white male back in the '40s.

by Anonymousreply 36405/24/2020

Marrying someone by accident. Just because you take vows in front of a minister doesn't make you married. You need to get a license from a civil authority.

Yes Tina Fey, I'm talking to you.

by Anonymousreply 36505/27/2020

Taking a bet to make a person fall in love with you......but then falling for that person for real!

by Anonymousreply 36605/27/2020

My pussy has been beted on and conquered.

by Anonymousreply 36705/27/2020

Some asshole in my life showing up at my door on Christmas morning apologizing because they had a Christmas Carol experience the night before.

by Anonymousreply 36806/02/2020

[quote]Obviously you’re not familiar with Zippo lighters. They stay lit until you close the lid to put them out. (Don’t drop it on your lap, trust me!)

I almost set my car on fire once when a lit Zippo fell out of my hand and landed on the floor. I stopped using Zippos and switched to Bics after that.

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