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

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Why would four senators share a flat?

I have just started watching the TV show Alpha House. In this show four Senators share a flat. I accepted this initially as poetic license. But then, suddenly, only three remain. And immediately they ...
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In reality does the nuke code still work even when the president is a hostage?

In the movie White House Down (2013) the US president gets into a hostage condition. The enemies use him to activate the nukes. In reality, is that possible? Would they block or change the codes? The ...
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Are The Mechanic's tools and gadgets real?

Are the tools/gadgets/chemicals used by Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) in Mechanic: Resurrection real? I mean, do they work and exist in real life? Things like the gum that he used for explosives and ...
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Do newspaper/magazines publish this type of ad?

In Seven Psychopaths (2012), a magazines (maybe a newspaper) publishes an audition for Seven Psychopaths in a classified section. Do newspapers/magazines publish this type of ads in it?
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Did Jeff Skiles really say that?

At the end of Sully, during the hearing, Sully and his copilot are proven correct in their decision to land on the Hudson by adding 35 seconds to the simulation. All the way at the end, the woman from ...
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Why wasn't Dr. Cox sued or fired after a patient dies because of his negligence?

This is in reference to Scrubs season 5 episode 20 - "My Lunch". At the end of the episode, all three of Dr. Cox's transplant patients die. This happens because the donor from whom those organs were ...
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Do janitors really earn more than the resident doctors in the US?

This is in reference to Scrubs season 2 episode 22 - My Dream Job. In this episode, Janitor tells J.D. that he earns quite more than the latter. Here is their conversation: J.D.: Mornin'. ...
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How accurate is Scrubs' depiction of the medical profession and the community?

How accurate are they while portraying the incidents, medical methods and procedures, problems they face and the solutions they apply, the cultural stereotypes, policies and rules etc?
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Would a DeLorean actually break apart into a million pieces if hit by a freight train?

The scene in Back to the Future III where the freight train destroys the DeLorean seems a bit unrealistic to me. It makes the car look like it was made of wood or cinder blocks. Maybe if the train was ...
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Can you really have the International Star Registry name a star that you can easily see in an amateur telescope, like in A Walk to Remember?

In A Walk to Remember, there is a scene where Landon asks Jamie to look at a star in her telescope, then reveals that he named it after her. Landon: Can you find ...
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Are galaxies visible with the naked eye? [closed]

I have seen this scene from "Me Before You" (2016), in which Louisa Clark sees galaxies with her naked eye. Are galaxies visible with the naked eye?
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Do teachers in kindergarten schools prepare kids to sleep?

In Kindergarten Cop 1990, John Kimble(Teacher) makes kids in his class take a nap. Do teachers in kindergarten schools prepare kids to sleep?
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Is it possible for the plot of Falling Down to happen in a single day?

I was watching "Falling Down" (1993). Its clear that the plot is intended to happen on a single day, because it is the last day for Sergeant Martin Prendergast. So first of all Sergeant Martin ...
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Why does the 70s porno film not look like a 70s film?

In Nice Guys (2016), they accidently play a porno movie at a car show, as can be seen in this picture: It looks clearer and more modern than a 70s film. If it is a 70s reel, where does the modern ...
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Do Hospitals really provide laptops for patients?

In Need for Speed (2014), Julia who is admitted in a hospital asks nurse to provide her a laptop, to which the nurse provides a laptop to Julia. Julia: Is it possible to get a laptop? Nurse: ...
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Shouldn't Elliot have been caught or at least noticed outside of the prison?

I don't know what's considered a spoiler, so I'll put more than probably necessary in a spoiler block... At the end of episode 1.5 of Mr. Robot, Elliot and Vera's brother are standing outside of the ...
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Why are sound effects done so different from reality?

While filming captures both the audio and video of an actor's performance, producers will often dub over sound effects for the interaction between the actors and objects. The horse walking down a road ...
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Are the red strings used by Dexter a real thing?

Dexter works as a blood splatter analyst for Miami Metro police. We often see him on a crime scene using red strings to represent the trajectory of the blood: Is this a real thing done by blood ...
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Does the Dory-like fish actually have a short-term memory loss?

As the characters of "Finding Nemo" are amazingly close to reality, I was wondering whether the fish which was portrayed as "Dory" in the film actually has a short term memory loss problem in reality?
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Can a single bullet from a handgun kill three people in the way Deadpool did?

In Deadpool's bullet-counting action scene, Deadpool kills three guys with his last bullet. The bullet is shown going through all the three men's skulls. So, how feasible is that in the real world (...
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Was the atomic bombing of Nagasaki visible from Shanghai, as in the film “Empire of the Sun”?

Near the end the film Empire of the Sun (Spielberg 1987), the protagonist finds himself in (or near) Shanghai. He then sees the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The bright light appears to be the pika ...
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What was with the two different colored prison uniforms in Daredevil season 2?

In Daredevil S02, we see two kinds of prison uniforms, full orange and full white. We see in the flashback that Wilson Fisk gets a white prison uniform but his current one was orange. The Punisher ...
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Is it forbidden to have a relationship in CBI in reality?

So, this question is not really about the series the Mentalist, but I think it fits here anyway. First, I am not from US, so I dont know if CBI really exists or was made up only for the series. In ...
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Why do movies think the speed of sound is as fast as the speed of light?

In action movies where things blow up or heroes are shot by snipers from a long distance, or where fireworks are shown, the sound and the flash of the thing making the sound usually occur ...
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What all techniques are used to display blood in films/television shows? [duplicate]

In recent times, in movies and television shows when someone is stabbed or shot or injured in any other way the blood coming out of their body seems very real in terms of its the color, viscosity, and ...
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Why is Discovery One covered in sulphur in “2010: The Year We Make Contact”?

In the first half of 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the Soviet ship Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov is tasked with approaching the American USSC Discovery One, the main craft from 2001: Among the first ...
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Is result shown from the explosion realistic?

In The Hurt Locker, During a raid on a warehouse, James discovers the body of a young boy, in which a live bomb has been surgically implanted. During evacuation, Lieutenant Colonel John Cambridge (...
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How long was that Runway?

In the final showdown of Furious 6 when Shaw's crew go to escape on the plane that was described by Roman as "a planet" the entire showdown is on a continuous strait stretch of runway with Dom's crew ...
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On what basis was Milkin's transfer possible?

In the 4th episode of the 4th season of House of Cards Donald Blythe follows Claire's advice and decides to send Igor Milkin (at the time on a plane circling over the North Sea) to China. What makes ...
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How did Carl survive the eyeshot?

Spoiler Alert! In season 6 of the Walking Dead, we watch the group attempting to walk through a horde of walkers while covered in guts. We then observe Sam Anderson getting killed with his mother ...
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Is “Greek School” really a thing as portrayed in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

At the end of the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" it shows the protagonist sending her first child to Greek School to learn the language Is this actually common in the Greco-American community? ...
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How accurate is the plot in Netflix's show 'Orange is the New Black'?

So I know the premise of Netflix's Orange is the New Black is based on a true story, but how closely does the show follow true events? Are the actual events/goings-on in the TV story based on details ...
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Las Vegas power outage shown in Ocean's Eleven

Is the power outage in L as Vegas using the "pinch" shown in Ocean's Eleven realistic? Or is it one of those instances where the writers took some creative leeway in the script? Since a majority of ...
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Can you really drink from Root Beer Barrels?

In Pee-wee's Big Holiday, we often see someone grab a candy "Root Beer Barrel" and use a tiny straw to drink the Root Beer inside the candy. I've never tried this candy before and when I was ...
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Is this depiction of fatal brain trauma realistic?

Tonight in S06E14 of The Walking Dead, we see a character receive fatal brain trauma (not exactly an uncommon occurrence on this show). Specifically: Clearly this is a fatal injury, and the character ...
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Is there a measure for movie realism?

I am a big fan of life-close movies where things are portrayed close to what could have happened in real life. Such movies usually attempt preserving realism and follow high level of detail. Is ...
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How realistic is the depiction of court proceedings in Law & Order?

I am wondering, how accurate is the depiction of the court proceedings in Law & Order? By this I mean the vocabulary they use, and also if the sentences they make using that (legal) vocabulary ...
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Would the helicopter sacrifice scene from London Has Fallen actually happen?

In London Has Fallen, which I've seen today, after the terrorists attack the USA President (from now on I'll just reference him as President), the President escapes the ground by using a helicopter, ...
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How realistic was the communication between the troglodytes?

I saw the rather fascinating Bone Tomahawk recently. In it, a group of troglodytes kidnap a few people, leading to a suspenseful chase across the arid country in search of them and their victims. ...
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NYC Police Codes in Blue Bloods 10-13?

The cast often refers to situations using Police codes, most of which I was able to dig up here. But I came across this piece of IMDb Trivia on Blue Bloods that states: In the standard 10-code, 10-...
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Why did the airbag not deploy on Statham's Maserati in Furious 7?

While watching Furious 7 (2015), I've noticed that in the head-on collision between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, the air bag on Statham's Maserati has not deployed! It was a direct hit, at speeds ...
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Can a headshot from a sniper really cause muscle spasm?

It seems like a common thing in television and movies to have a bad guy in a stand down with the cops but they won't shoot him even though they have a clear shot because he has a gun on a hostage or ...
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Were these films actually available in Germany during the time represented in “Bridge of Spies”?

As Bridge of Spies builds toward its climax, there is a scene in front of a Berlin 'cineplex' which is showing four films (titles translated to English)... One, Two, Three Spartacus The Damned (...
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Is it scientifically possible to grow potatoes in Martian soil?

In The Martian (2015) we see the protagonist planting potatoes in soil that he dug out from the surface of Mars. Wouldn't the soil be incapable of sustaining life for the potatoes (let alone giving ...
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Can you tell me about the Saint George day in Time of the Gypsies?

In Time of the Gypsies, Perhan and his Girlfriend make love at the Saint George's day feast which takes place on a river: Could you tell me more about this feast, from the Gypsies' point of view? Is ...
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How possible is it to rip someone's eye out of its socket?

So this question may seem somewhat obvious, but I was watching Deadwood and during one of the most brutal fight scenes I've seen in a while, Dan Dority rips Captain Joe Turner's eyeball out of its ...
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Head-on Collision Survival Chances in Furious 7

In The Furious 7, when Vin Diesel accelerates towards Jason Statham and collides head on, is it even remotely possible to walk away from such an accident? If I am not mistaken, Vin Diesel didn't even ...
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How did Utah and Bodhi survive 800 meter waterfall drop?

In the movie Point Break (2015), how could the two men survive near 800 meter drop from Venezuela's Angel Falls?
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Is “The Conspiracy” based on a real secret society?

For lack of better options, I watched the movie "The Conspiracy" and in the end there was a strange brotherhood-type ritual where they placed a cows head on an unsuspecting victim and attacked him (...
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Advanced grifting techniques

Community season 6 episode 9: Grifting 101 Jeff Winger says: How was grifting class? Did you teach some advanced techniques; only you could understand? The Brown Betty, The Texas Well Baby, The ...