Questions tagged [realism]

The general attempt to depict things accurately in films and tv shows.

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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 ...
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What's the name of the painting above the fireplace in Village of the Damned (1960) [closed]

I want to know the name of the painting that is above the fireplace in which the clock is located. It seems like a classic (around 16th or 17th century) painting, but it could also be a prop. ...
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Why always 555?

It's always bothered me that US TV shows invariably use 555 in telephone numbers, which makes them obviously fake, whereas in the UK phone numbers always look real, down to correct area code and a ...
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Is it realistic to live in a motel, The Florida Project

In the movie The Florida Project, several struggling families all live in motels around the Disney World. In my personal experience, motels are not cheap. I have not been to Florida myself, but I ...
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Daredevil increased senses realism

Since daredevil is blind, he has increased senses in everything other than sight, is this an actual thing in real life or is it just made up to go with the story? It would be really cool if it was a ...
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In The Greatest Showman, are all of the “freaks” representative of actual biological variations?

In The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum hires many people with "biological rarities", including: a woman with a beard a person with long hair covering all of his/her face an albino woman conjoined twins ...
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Like in Independence Day, can a President fight on the front lines?

In the 1996 movie Independence Day, the President takes to the skies in a fighter plane to help fight the aliens in the climactic battle. It makes for an engaging action movie, but seems very ...
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Does Amondi's English accent in Sense8 reflect her wealth?

Disclaimer: Spoilers within for Season 1 Episode 6 of Sense8. In Netflix's show Sense8, Capheus is charged with transporting Kenyan crime lord Silas Kabaka's daughter Amondi to a treatment clinic for ...
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What is the earliest time in history a non-science fiction movie or TV show is set in?

I am not talking about science fiction film, more so a realistic representation of PEOPLE living in these old times. One such example is '10,000 BC' the film. It shows the thinking of people living ...
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Is it difficult to obtain pornography in the UK?

This is in reference to Broadchurch (series 3). Ellie's son is suspended from school because he has been caught with pornography on his phone, and he has been sharing it with other students. ...
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How far from reality is 'Black Hawk Down' when a Delta sergeant carries an unsecured weapon during a barbecue?

In a scene from the film Black Hawk Down the soldiers are having a barbecue at the base, and while grabbing some salad a Delta operator is confronted by a Ranger about his "hot" weapon (safety off and ...
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What kind of weapon is Lippe using against Bond in “Never say Never Again”

Lippe, played by Pat Roach, is a thug ordered to kill Bond. As you will see, he is very strong and tough, but not on a level with Jaws or Oddjob (Bond can at least hurt and move Lippe in contrast to ...
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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 ...