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Hollywood cuts corners for all sorts of reasons: movie pacing, difficulty dramatizing the mundane, casting logistics.

But not all the rationale in the world is enough to satisfy Reddit's frustrated movie watchers.


One thread gathered a list of all of the most heinous oversights and inaccuracies that routinely pop up in movies. Read enough of them and you'll find yourself disillusioned with many of the biggest scenes in the movies you've long loved.

Action movies are apparently the biggest culprits of glossing over the true, mundane dynamics of their subject matter. Gunfire and violence are NOT something easily shrugged off.

Missburr asked, "Which BS information do you wish movies would stop perpetuating?"

No HIPAA for Protagonists

"That hospital employees will give out patients' private information to any rando who asks." -- guardiansofthefleet

"They have an exception for 'quirky meet-cutes' and 'really determined stalkers.' " -- Decapitated_Saint

Cracking Ribs

"CPR is way more violent and gross than in movies." -- waiting_for_rain

"It also only works like 40% of the time, and of that 40%, only about 10% of people survive long enough to be discharged. In movies they always do like 30 seconds of cpr and then they just walk away completely fine." -- ziggylmv

That High Tech Gas Station Equipment

"Zooming way in on security camera footage and it still looks perfectly clear." -- DutchessRavenwave

"ENHANCE" -- Dethmunki

"*zooms in on image. *Le image: isn't clear. *Presses one button. *Image shifts from as grainy as a whole beach to as clear as shot on an iPhone 11 and a macro lens" -- THE-ULTIMATE-SAVAGE

Taking Gunshots in Stride

"That you can fire a gun indoors repeatedly without damaging your/other peoples hearing."

"Seems like only Archer acknowledges tinnitus."

-- Roving_Rhythmatist

The Thought of a Couch in a Dorm Room

"Movie dorms are spacious and incredibly nice apartments. Real dorms are tiny boxes with cinderblock walls and tile floors. The reason they give you twin bunks is because everything else would be way too big"

-- savagejohn827

Head Injuries are Not Bruises

"That people get knocked out and even if they're out for a few minutes they just wake up and shake their head and continue on. In reality head injuries don't work that way." -- theWendiigo

"I've never been knocked out but people I know that have describe it as the worst hangover you've ever felt, to the point of making you physically nauseous." -- IamBeefBaby

All the Necessary Pieces

"That all you need to hack is any cheap laptop, a screen with green numbers, two people using a keyboard at once and a pair of glasses." -- cupersorp

"And a hoodie" -- xviNEXUSivx

Inaccurate Action Stars

"That being thin is the same as being fit for some reason they put thin women in roles clearly suited to athletic women you can see that the muscle just isn't there even in how they move and it just really makes everything look ridiculous."

-- Kindbarbarian

An Unrealistic Rollover

"That you just fall asleep after sex while covered in sticky sweat."

"You're not doing that. You're likely going to clean yourselves up and then get in bed after eating something."

-- ApophisRises

A Few Favorites

"That a massive night of black out level drinking can be cured by a coffee."

"That people all have amazing skin. Sh!t even the characters sitting at the end of the world in Game of Thrones have great skin."

"No one gets uncomfortable while driving. Even stuck in traffic for an hour and they aren't fidgeting."

-- SirBamboozled

Conversation Over

"That no one says bye when they end a phone call. They just say their final words and hang up. I realise this is probably to save a millisecond in production but F*** it's annoying. Every time I think man that is so rude, who does that?"

"I think way too much about the background bullshit to actually enjoy movies 🤣"

-- Imfakingamnesia

Male Gaze

"Women giving birth!! It almost never comes about that rapidly (water breaks then woman is screaming / Lamaze breathing in car, etc)."

"There are so many ways to go in to labor..only a minority come on so quickly and are dealt with as an emergency as in the movies."

-- doodle_dicks3000

A Thousand Cuts

"You cannot jump through glass and not have a scratch on your body. The reality is you're going to need a lot of stitches if you pull off a stunt like that." -- MacabreDaydreamer

"Realistically, you'd probably die from haemorrhage before you can get them stitched up, especially when the cut is deep (which is very likely)." -- kandnm115709

Priorities

"That the good guy that kills all the villains henchmen has the moral high ground when he chooses to spare the villains life. Murder is murder dude." -- GurgleQueen36

"I always found that odd. The mastermind of the operation deserves a second chance but not all the mooks who were possibly forced into working for him." -- Prasiatko

Tremendous Luck

"there is always a free parking space right in front of the building you are going to" -- ordinarybloke1963

"I knew a guy for whom this was some kind of superpower. Middle of f***ing London, never failed to find a parking spot." -- Dyolf_Knip

Nose Knows

"Hiding a j behind your back will not fool anyone in real life. It stink." -- Horsefrend

"When I stopped smoking after decades of smoking, I got very embarrassed in hindsight by how easy it is to tell that someone is carrying weed or has smoked recently when you don't smoke it. Everyone I walked past had to know I was a smoker." -- MarkHirsbrunner

Be Sure to Budget that into the Scheme

"That chloroform works within seconds when it takes 5-10 minutes to work." -- metal_mmmmm

"Plus it burns the skin." -- My_Grammar_Stinks

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All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

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- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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