Questions tagged [realism]

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

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Are cars really allowed to join the race in the middle?

In the climax scenes of Cars 3 , there is a wreck on the race car track. There's a dialogue between two cars. Well, the green light is on and the pit road is open. Everybody is coming in. At ...
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Can Parallel Trials Like This Happen in Real Life?

"Battle of the Proxies" -- episode 10 of season 4 of The Good Wife -- features parallel trials in different Illinois Counties with two different murder suspects being accused of killing the same women ...
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How realistic is beating facial recognition?

In Prison Break season 5 Michael Scofield prints Jacob's face on his hand to beat facial recognition system to access his office. Wouldn't it be easy to fool system with printing on paper or 3-D cast ...
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Is GLOW inspired by a real-life show?

On Netflix's original series GLOW, a down-in-the-dumps director along with a young, inexperienced producer hire several unpopular actresses and work hard to make wrestling history. Has a similar ...
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Does the US really use C64 computers for the launch control of their missiles?

In Season 09 E07 of NCIS Los Angeles we can see the inside of a launch control center for nuclear missiles. The two terrorists that brought the control center under their control are clearly using a ...
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Does lead lining really work against a nuclear explosion?

In Indiana Jones: Kingdom of Crystal Skull, Jones is able to escape a nuclear explosion by using a lead lined fridge. I read here What Makes Lead Good for Radiation ...
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How much of the movie “Meet the Patels” is fiction and how much is real?

Meet the Patels (2014) is an American romantic comedy documentary about an Indian-American who is of Gujarati origin and shows the cultural clash with his parents, focusing on marriage. I was ...
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What could have saved the Cali Cartel?

I just finished watching the third Narcos season. I was trying to compare the fates of Pablo and the Cali Cartel. Both were involved in the drugs business, that is illegal and the authorities are ...
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Are female officers addressed as “sir” out of writer ignorance, or some intentional reason?

Since I served in the U.S. military, it rankles me to hear female officers in Hollywood productions addressed (non-sarcastically) as "sir" (instead of "ma'am," or their proper rank or title). Can “...
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Why does this character look like this after the treatment?

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED This is about Martyrs from 2008 (France / Canada), not the remake. There are two female leads, Lucie and Anna. Lucie commits suicide and Anna is captured. Finally, Anna ...
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What conditions and requirements are needed to film sex scenes safely?

I have seen numerous movies with sex scenes: Friends with Benefits is one, No Strings attached (insertion is not filmed here) and several others where the intercourse is actually on camera (the ...
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Are the homes in The Americans realistic for the economy in America in the 1980s?

I've been watching The Americans, which is set in metro-DC (America) in the 1980s. I noticed that the stars, whose income comes from their jobs as travel agents, live in a home I'd estimate as ...
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Was it normal for Ali Rose to hide cash in their house?

In Screen Gems' Burlesque (2010), Ali Rose put some of her cash into a ziplock bag and hid it inside a toilet – it was subsequently stolen. Is it normal for Americans to hide money in their home, ...
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How did Saroo find the location of his village?

At around 1:30 into the movie Lion, Saroo tears his schedules from the wall, then starts clicking Google Earth more or less at random. He then moves out of his original search radius - the Google ...
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Why wasn't Cole Williams ever convicted of assault?

In 21 (2008), Cole Williams beats up counters in a basement and apparently has been doing that for years. How is it possible that he was never charged for assault?
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Were the pamphlets shown in the opening scene really published/circulated?

In the opening scene while walking through the city the soldiers came across lot of pamphlets/fliers. It had a picture depicting the perimeter which Germans had formed in the sea to surround/trap the ...
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How did the kidney transplant work?

Close to the beginning of Going in Style we see Willie talking to the doctor about his kidney failure, and how he will need a transplant. The dialogue goes something like this: Doctor: Have you ...
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Why did these containers stay at the same place?

I am no expert on marine logistics, but my understanding is that the prime purpose of shipping containers is to be filled with goods and moved around the world. In particular, there is little point in ...
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How realistic is the use of red yarn hub and spokes in crime television shows [duplicate]

I refer to a shot that occurs quite often in crime shows... There is the victim at the hub and spokes of red yarn that connect the suspects. How realistic is this in modern detective work? I have ...
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How did the facehugger grow to full-sized xenomorph?

In the movie Alien (1979), the first alien we see is the facehugger. It is only the size of a baseball mitt. A few scenes later, the offspring bursts out of a crewmember's chest. (Thanks to Johnny ...
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Guilt being the cause of Insomnia theme have any common basis from real life?

Insomnia and The Machinist both works with the theme of guilt being the cause of insomnia. But is it based on any real facts? Is there any recorded case of guilt being the cause of insomnia? Or is it ...
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How realistic are the dogfight scenes in Dunkirk [closed]

I saw the film Dunkirk yesterday with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my friends had some quibbles with the dogfight scenes, however. How realistic are they? Any reliable sources ...
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Why shoes in bed? [closed]

It cringes me every time I see somebody more or less in their right mind in bed with shoes. How this become so common on TV (e.g. Buffy, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, whatever). I understand that ...
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In movie production, what exactly happens on the other side of phone calls?

There is a small scene that bothers me in the movie Batman Begins. It's a trivial thing, but it prompted a more general question. Rachel Dawes is visiting Bruce Wayne to give him a birthday present....
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Can the Vice President work with equal power as the president?

I'm watching House of Cards (please use spoilers) and First Lady Claire Underwood is President Frank Underwood's running mate. In the show they work as equals, minus a rough patch. In the same way ...
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How was Margaret not going to get deported for marrying Andrew?

In the movie, The Proposal, how was Margaret not going to get deported for marrying Andrew? I don't know much about immigration and deportation and the bunch so any more insight would help me ...
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What is E-DEATH based on in Sense8?

In Sense8 S02E05 "Fear Never Fixed Anything", Bug helps Naomi have (apparently all?) traces of her identity removed, such that the authorities no longer have warrants for her, with the help of a ...
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Is the Bachelorette scripted?

I'm sure this applies to any and all reality tv shows but this came up for Season 13 of The Bachelorette. This started out as a discussion with co-workers to which I think logically I'm correct and ...
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Do patients experience tastes during brain surgery?

In RoboCop (2014), RoboCop tastes something in his mouth during brain surgery. It tastes like peanut butter. He is not eating any food. The surgery creates the experience of a phantom taste. Does ...
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How big of a deal is the state's attorney's office of cook county? [closed]

In the TV series The Good Wife Peter and Alicia Florrick are running for state's attorney at some point. A lot of effort goes into both of these campaigns: Money: I assume paying for campaign ...
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Real world impact of The Blair Witch Project

In the beginning of Book of Shadows, some reports are shown about the original Blair Witch Project, claiming that the town of Burkittsville was filled with believers wanting to explore the town. ...
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“Would the witness please point at the defendant?”

I wasn't sure which forum to post this on, but I think it belongs here as I believe it relates to the screen more than to the actual law, so here it is. There's a weirdly specific trope that you ...
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Is it realistic that Jimmy's friend from the district attorney's office is so poor?

In Better Call Saul S03E03, Jimmy sits next to his old friend Bill Oakley (played by Peter Diseth) who is a Deputy District Attorney. Jimmy pulls out a burger and fries for lunch, while Oakley's lunch ...
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Is Jimmy's trial realistic in Better Call Saul? [closed]

I've just watched early episodes of Better Call Saul's latest season. From a French guy's point of view, Jimmy's trial seems a bit ridiculous. To me, regarding what trials look like in France, this ...
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Do dogs identify twins in humans?

In The Parent Trap (1998), pet dog never recognize Annie (acting as Hallie) as Hallie and thinks as strangers. Even Chessy (working for Nick) thinks Annie as Hallie. Actually, Annie and Hallie are ...
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Is it really possible to put a virus in a machine you don't know? [duplicate]

In the movie Independence Day Jeff Goldblum put a virus in a machine coming from another planet and which he didn't know at the moment. He seemed to have used a generic virus judging by the fact that ...
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Do cops in US always have to answer “Yes” when asked “Are you a cop?” [closed]

This question is not specific to any particular movie or a TV show. Although it came to my mind when I was recently watching a particular episode of Sneaky Pete. It's a great show by the way. The ...
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“A galaxy far, far away…” — from where?

I have a question about Star Wars. Recently, I pay more attention to the text and come up with a question. There's a quote in the text. Long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away... Far away from ...
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Does blood really come out of our nose if we're deprived of oxygen?

In the movie Men of Honor (2000), Carl & Billy are challenged to hold their breath in an underwater helmet. After 4 minutes, Billy started bleeding from his nose. Does blood really come out of ...
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How much does Homer owe Moe?

In almost every episode, Homer can be found in Moe's Tavern drinking with Barney, Carl and Lenny. Yet we never see them paying for their drinks so presumably they put them on a tab. However, ...
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Realism of the effect of ADHD medicine in Desperate Housewives

In Desperate Housewives season one Linette takes her son's ADHD medicine and becomes very energetic. It gives her the ability to stay awake for hours on end and still do a good job and still have a ...
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Can we carry a Hattori Hanzo sword onboard a plane?

In the Kill Bill, everyone seems to know that Hanzo swords are made for killing. They are killing tools. Then, how could the Bride carry one so easily on the plane she boards to reach Tokyo? Also she ...
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Do the Oxygen Torches in the movie “Life” (2017) exist and how do/would they work?

Yesterday I watched the recent movie Life where the ISS crew revives a life-threatening organism from Mars. I'm usually thorough about realism of scientific elements in Sci-Fi movies, and thought ...
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What was the tube Torreto removed from the Cuban car in order to make it go faster?

In the first scene of The Fate of the Furious, Torreto disconnects some sort of a tube from his cousin's car in order to make it faster. What is that tube and does this trick work in real life?
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Where exactly in Italy to where in Russia is the train going?

In the film Stalingrad (1993), where exactly are they passing while on the the train in one scene here? It is supposed to be in Italy, going to Russia. Where exactly in Italy to where exactly in ...
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What is the light source in the 19th century submarine?

In 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, the timeline of the plot sets it in the 19th century. Edison invented the light bulb at the beginning of the 20th century, but this movie is set even before. What ...
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Is Chicago Justice accurate?

In the Chicago series, Chicago Justice is the fourth spinoff that shows the prosecutors from Cook County State's Attorney. In Law and Order: SVU, which happens in Manhattan and crossovers with the ...
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How did the woman fly through the wind screen?

In the beginning of Zombieland, people are running from an apocalypse of zombies. In one of the attacks, a little girl's birthday party has just gone psycho and is suddenly overrun with zombies. All ...
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How can you tell distances/duration in Paths of the soul?

In Paths of the Soul, a group of Tibetan shepherd-folk make a pilgrimage to Lhasa. Occasionally we see milestones on the road they follow, with some kind of distance listed. However, it's not clear ...
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What breed was Walt Flanagan's dog (circa 1995)

There was a great line in Mallrats (one of many) that always stuck with me. It was after Jay outruns the mallcop and remarks: "That dude is faster than Walt Flanagan's dog" [paraphrase] It had ...