10 Things That Only Happen in Movies


Movies have a way of capturing our imaginations and leading us on journeys we could only dream of. How often have you watched a movie wishing to be an action star, a princess, or the handsome guy who falls helplessly in love with the most beautiful girl in town? Life in the movies has its own set of very bizarre rules.

Below are a few examples of things that don’t exist outside the movie world. I’m sure many will recognize the often ridiculous things we’ve come to accept as the norm.

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Hacker in Live Free or Die Hard

1. Hacking Top Security Databases

A hacker furiously types into a DOS based operating system, but after 10 seconds he manages to bypass a high security password protected database. It happens in nearly every crime thriller film known to man. The CIA really needs to work on a better UI and move on from the DOS based interface. Secondly, they really need to stop using “password123”, and variations thereof, as their secret PINs.

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Love Actually

2. The Airport Scene

The final act airport scene has been used to death. Just as the leading lady is getting on the plane, the lead guy does some math and realizes that he actually loves her. In a crazy mad rush he drives across the city, through peak traffic, in hopes of stopping her before she gets on the plane. Dude, have you ever heard of a cellphone? It’s this amazing electronic device that allows you to talk to someone anywhere in the world at any time. Call her up, tell her to chill and that you’ll be there to pick her up once you make your way through traffic.


Not even the Dark Knight Rises was exempt from the feedback rule

3. Microphone Feedback

If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback. It’s important to always hire a good sound engineer when doing an event. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that people in the movies have never learnt. No matter the movie, no matter the genre, this always happens.


Colombiana proves that you can even sneak in and out of prisons this way. So clever!

4. Hiding in the Ventilation System

Hide and seek can become a very complicated game. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected, right? Only in the movies.

5. Single Women and Cats

All single women have a cat. It’s a law, like gravity. In the real world single woman have dogs, everyone knows that.

There were probably hundreds of guns disposed in Expendables 2

There were probably hundreds of guns disposed in Expendables 2

6. Disposable Guns

If your gun runs out of bullets simply chuck it away. It’s no wonder crime is so high, with all the disposable guns lying around. But hey, it’s not like they cost much anyway.


Hello Morpheus. Bye Morpheus. Not so hard is it Neo?

7. Good Phone Etiquette

Good phone etiquette is hard to come across in the movies. Watch closely and you’ll notice that most actors never say bye before putting the phone down (the only exception is if they’re talking to their mother). Who are these Philistines?

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Chuck Norris makes his own rules

8. The action movie rules:

  • Bad guys have the worst shooting aim. They seem to enjoy targeting floors and walls.
  • When outnumbered in a fight, don’t panic, the very patient bad guys will take turns attacking you.
  • All bombs are fitted with a large red LED display which counts down the time of explosion.
  • Hitting a guy with a glass vase over the head won’t cause any brain damage. Instead, the poor fellow will just lie unconscious for a few moments.
  • Movie elevators are always ready at that floor. But if the hero/heroine is being chased, elevator won’t come.
  • If it’s a martial arts film, they will fight in perfect one-two rhythm and form, hit-block-hit-block.
  • A single bullet can cause a car to explode if you simply hit the fuel tank.
  • Tough guys become hopeless romantics just before the final showdown fight. Having a woman around to smooch during a gunfight is good luck.
  • If you leap into a cab and shout, “Follow that car!” the driver will oblige.
  • Just about anyone can render almost any human being totally unconscious with a single punch.

9. The News

Someone runs into the room and says, “Turn on the news! They’re talking about you,” and when they turn on the TV the story in question is just starting. Uncanny! That person just time travelled from the future to deliver important news. But the shock of being on TV grabs the attention away from their friends amazing abilities. Fringe science!

The slow clap in Citizen Kane

The slow clap in Citizen Kane

10. The Applauding Crowd

The clapping/applauding crowd is one of the biggest movie clichés. It usually starts off with one person standing up to slow clap, followed by another person and another until everyone joins in.

We could go on to mention kissing in the rain, everyone magically knowing the choreography to a dance, never having to go to the bathroom, and petrol attendants having red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets. The list is truly endless. Let us know some of your movie pet hates.

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