Questions tagged [realism]

The general attempt to depict things accurately in film/tv shows.

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Why did Miami Vice department took all sorts of cases?

In the 80's TV show Miami Vice, the main protagonists took all types of cases - drug dealing, murders and even protecting celebrities. But isn't there a separate police department that deals with ...
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How realistic are legal analysis panels like these?

In The Good Wife episode 7.15 titled, Targets, Alicia Florrick is selected for a small panel of legal advisers to partake an a legal analysis of some executive order that pertains to killing enemy ...
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Is Arrival's plot of rewiring one's brain by learning a new language based on reality?

In Arrival we see that learning a new language has done significant changes inside the brain. Can learning a new language really “rewire your brain”? Was this plot point in the movie based on a ...
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In Sleight, how did Bo change the card in the young woman's hand?

Sleight (2017) included a lot of magic tricks. Some of the tricks involving magnetism had a "scientific" (but impossible/ridiculous) explanation. The movie also included card tricks. In one of Bo's ...
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What Was With that Med School? [closed]

I just got done watching Flatliners. What was with that medical school? It looked like it was falling apart. Then the main building they were performing the experiment in was under major ...
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Weed Smoking in This is the End

This is the End (2013) features scenes where Seth Rogen smokes weed. It's no secret that Seth Rogen likes to smoke weed, and from this link, it would seem they often did it off camera. On camera; is ...
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Does the CBS documentary that is a plot element in Masters of Sex (season 2) exist in reality?

Episodes 10-12 (or thereabout) of season two of Masters of Sex show the production of a CBS documentary in which Masters and Johnson are featured/interviewed. However the Wikipedia page on the real ...
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Why are there kids above 6 and in school

In Kindergarten Cop (1990), why are there kids above 6 learning inside a normal school? Are they special, or is something off? For example, the bad guy is searching a kindergarten for his kid, while ...
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Can Tyrell Wellick fire people on the spot?

In the TV show, Mr. Robot, Tyrell Wellick shouts at two of his managers "You are fired!" when they make jokes about "Someone was willing to go gay in order to get some inside information." That "...
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Were there really bells attached to buried bodies?

In the movie The Nun, Father Burke fell into a coffin and got buried alive in a grave with a tombstone. There was a bell right in front of this tombstone and Father Burke was able to ring this bell ...
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How did inmates escape through the sea in Prison Break

In the episode HELL OR HIGH WATER on Prison Break, how did the inmates that escape from Sona breathe under the water and make it through the sea? I mean what is that device they used under the water?...
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Do jailers say “Dead Man Walking”

While they escort Matthew to the actual execution, one of the jailers yells "dead Man Walking!" in the movie of that name. This appears to be authentic so it made me wonder: do jailers say it for ...
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Does Richard's distributed storage have a flaw?

In season 4 of Silicon Valley, in his attempt to create the new internet, Richard finds ways to store large amount of data on distributed devices like phones, and even smart fridges. Needless to say ...
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Does a senator have jurisdiction over the FBI?

In the movie Hannibal, after agent Starling gets into trouble from killing five people in a drug bust out, she is invited to an internal FBI interview, when she is offered a chance to work with the ...
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Why did a group of swimmers stay in one place in The Meg?

Near the end of The Meg, thousands of visitors are in the waters of Sanya Bay. Most are floating in colorful inner tubes. When they spot the giant shark, nearly all of them swim towards the beach in a ...
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Is the device Beca uses in Pitch Perfect 2 a real musical device?

In the Pitch Perfect movies, Beca creates beats with this key-pad-like device with colorful square buttons that don't have labels. I don't know what to call it and I haven't been able to find anything ...
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Did Churchill say “You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth”?

At 1:09 into Darkest Hour Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) says (yells): You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth Is this an actual quote (I cannot find it), or just the ...
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Was it realistic for Hannah to have enough strength to cut her second forearm after cutting the first so deeply?

Was it realistic for Hannah to have enough strength to cut her second forearm after cutting the first so deeply in 13 Reasons Why? King Ecbert did the same in Vikings and I was wondering how realistic ...
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Why are Europeans wearing black masks in the Last Emperor?

In a scene in the Last Emperor, when Puyi is singing "Am I blue", all members of his music bands are Europeans but wearing black masks. From 0:37 of this short video Anyone knows why?
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Would Get Out's earplugs really have worked?

[SPOILERS AHEAD] So there's that moment in Get Out where the main character Chris is strapped to a chair and they keep playing a clip of a spoon clinking on a teacup on the TV to knock him out/send ...
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Do movies and TV shows use extra-bright flashlights?

Movie sets are very brightly lit, even for scenes that appear dark onscreen. This is because the more light there is, the better the final picture quality is. Common flashlights are not particularly ...
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Weird Leg Bend In Movie Deaths [closed]

In a lot of films, whenever someone dies, it almost-always shows them lying with one leg bent at almost a 90-degree angle. Why are the bodies depicted like that? Is this some old rule or an unsaid ...
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Shouldn't the building keep its same weight? [duplicate]

In the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank Pym shrinks a multi-story building to just a few cubic feet. He then wheels it away like luggage. You can see it at the 30 second mark: ...
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Is the Unix command used by the system analyst in Jurassic World 2 valid?

The Jurassic Park franchise has always been pretty good at being scientifically accurate even with computers, as can be seen here. Jurassic World 2 seems to be no exception. At some point the system ...
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Is this “gun stealing technique” realistic?

In the movie The Equalizer (2014) the protagonist manages to steal the gun a bad guy is pointing at him with a cool sleight of hand. Does this move make any sense (is it a known technique?) or in ...
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Is the microwave scene in Batman Returns realistic?

In the 1992 film "Batman Returns", Catwoman places a few spray cans in a microwave, hops out of range and the whole building blows up. "Meow" is right. The film is set in a realistic universe, but ...
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Why do movies think the moons in alien skies are really large?

Many science fiction movies involve scenes set on the surface of alien planets. In many of these scenes we see objects in the sky of the alien planet; sometimes a sun or suns; more often one or more ...
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Unsane - Being held against will

In the movie Unsane (2018), the protagonist, Sawyer Valentini, goes a private psychiatric clinic because she suffers from stress after having been stalked. She briefly speaks with a doctor who asks ...
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Contempt of court in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

In the legal drama film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.", the protagonist attorney is fined $5,000 for court contempt because, during a preliminary hearing, he claimed that the civil rights of his client had ...
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Why is Frank allowed to run a Casino in True Detective Season 2?

In the TV show, True Detective Season 2, Frank is running a Casino in a fictional town, Vinci, California. To my understanding, Casinos in the USA can only be owned and operated by Indians on their ...
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How does a rifle fire backwards?

In the movie, The American, Jack modifies a rifle for a female assassin; later he realises this rifle will be used to kill him so he modifies it further without telling the female assassin. When the ...
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Was the Iron Man video phone technology ever used in real life?

At the very beginning of Iron Man (and in other parts of the movie) we see Tony Stark, inventor of technology so advanced he can create a suit that builds itself, use a phone with a flip-out video ...
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What's the explosion that we see when Amon Göth shoots from the balcony?

In Schindler's list there's a scene in which Amon Göth, the commandant of the concentration camp, shoots some prisoners from his balcony. His first victim is a woman that stopped to tie her shoes. He ...
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Were the sex scenes in “The Handmaiden” perceived as inauthentic, e.g. by lesbian reviewers?

The Handmaiden features several sex scenes between its two women protagonists, Hideko and Sook-Hee. These move the plot along, serve to characterise the two women and their relationship and fit into ...
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Are scorpions frequent in US suburb gardens or is this a plot exaggeration?

In Walt Disney Pictures-produced comic science-fiction 1989 movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, the Shrunken Kids are faced with a scorpion when trying to find their way back home from the jungle of their ...
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Is a pair of boots hanging outside of a door a sign of brothel?

In the TV show, The Alienist, episode 1, after the commissioner orders the brothel to be shutdown, they simply move across the street and re-open for business again. The brothel owners hang a pair of ...
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Is it possible for lions to survive in real life on bugs

The song Hakuna Matata from The Lion King is all about eating bugs when you are a lion. I was wondering if this is actually a real life fact that lions can survive on bugs or did the Lion King makers ...
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It is possible for water to freeze so quickly as happened on Lost in Space?

On the first episode of Netflix Lost in Space, Accordingly to what was said on the episode, we know: The planet's environment: "earth-like atmosphere, air-pressure and gravity" The lake's depth: "...
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Does the wooden puzzle from Tomb Raider really exist?

In the film Tomb Raider (2018) there is a wooden puzzle with rotating sections. See this section of the trailer. Is the one featured in the trailer built in the style of/based on a real puzzle? See ...
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How accurate is this computer hardware in the movie Wall Street?

In the movie Wall Street, there are two monitors that look like some kind of computers with funny looking keypads. What are they? Did they really use this kind of equipment back then?
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Is Doraemon really based on a story of a kid who committed suicide?

In the famous anime Doraemon, the main character is Nobita who takes help from a robot called Doraemon but there is a repeatedly circulation story about Nobita's character being based on a kid with ...
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Could Thrax from Osmosis Jones have caused that high fever in reality?

It can be checked that according to wikipedia Thrax from Osmosis Jones caused a very high fever to one of the protagonists of the film (that almost caused their death) by removing one DNA bead from ...
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Why do the Vikings warriors train with real weapons?

In the Vikings TV show we often see warriors training with each others using real weapons. This can be seen both for vikings' and other kingdoms' warriors. As far I know warriors used to train with ...
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Is it really so cold in Albuquerque?

While watching the series I was wondering if it's really so cold in New Mexico that all the main characters almost all the time wear long sleeves. I checked the climate data for Albuquerque and it ...
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Is Strickland's candy based on a real candy?

In the movie The Shape of Water, the government agent Strickland has a favorite type of candy that he often chews. He mentioned that the candy is cheap and common. Is that candy based on actual candy ...
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Why does Himiko's face deteriorate in Tomb Raider?

*spoilers ahead* In Tomb Raider, the sarcophagus of Himiko is opened. Her face is white and masklike. The white mask starts to disintegrate into a gray dust, and over the course of several seconds it ...
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Does Chewbacca have a real language?

Much has been written about various languages created for the Star Wars universe. There is even a Huttese translator to convert English into something Jabba the Hutt would say. But Chewie's grunts and ...
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In “Million Dollar Baby”, could old Morgan Freeman really knock out that young punk in the ring?

In Million Dollar Baby, there is a scene where Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris(Morgan Freeman) decides to teach a lesson to some young boxers at the gym who are picking on a weaker, less-experienced boxer. ...
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Is GCPD's bullet giving ritual is based on real life or is it from comics?

In Gotham S04E08 we see GCPD have a ritual of distributing bullet caps to the surviving officers. Is this ritual based on some real thing or is it from DC comics?
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Why does Prince T'Challa have a 6-sided TV in “Black Panther”?

Early in Black Panther, Prince T'Challa is shown in a control room, watching the regular news on a TV that has 6 sides instead of being rectangular. This is a mock-up of what I mean: Is there any ...