There are lots of things that happen in movies and TV that would never happen in reality. Call it Hollywood magic, cause there's no way anyone would get away with this sort of stuff in the real world.
They may not have much money, be gainfully employed, or make great financial decisions, but goodness do they have an amazing apartment! These characters hit the jackpot when it comes to their humble abode. There are enough bedrooms for each character who lives there to have their own room, a full kitchen, and a spacious living space for all the characters to gather for group scenes. It doesn't matter that there's no way for them to make enough money to be able to afford it. Even if they live in notoriously expensive cities like New York City, San Francisco, L.A., or Philadelphia, they're easily able to afford rent and utilities and their home is always spotless and filled with art and other decor. Sometimes this is explained away by revealing that the place was originally a grandparent's or they got it on the cheap because it was rundown, but the prices would still be way too expensive for that sort of character to afford. What's very obvious from this trope is that Hollywood sure has a strange idea of what they consider an "affordable" apartment.
As seen in:
Friends, Sleeping With The Enemy, La La Land, Living Single, Heroes, The King Of Queens, Daredevil, Girls, You've Got Mail, The Ugly Truth, and Rosemary's Baby.
Their last memory was some sort of traumatic accident. When they wake up again days, weeks or even months later, they're alone, lying in a hospital bed. The first thing they do is rip a bunch of tubes off themselves, then stand up, a bit unsteadily at first, but they're eventually able to get dressed and wander off on their own two feet. Then they go on about their business as if nothing ever happened.
There's a whole bunch of things wrong with this trope. First of all, even a few days in a coma can cause your muscles to atrophy, or waste away. For more severe cases, it can take weeks or even months for them to return to their previous physical state, and that's with intense sessions of physical therapy. They definitely wouldn't be able to walk around without any help, let alone carry on like everything is totally normal.
As seen in:
The Walking Dead, Kill Bill, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, 28 Days Later, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman.
When you introduce your significant other to your family/friends, did anyone demand that the two of you kiss in front of them to prove that your relationship was real? No? Weird. Whenever people in movies and TV pretend to be in a relationship with someone, there's always that one creep who comes by and insists that the faux couple kiss each other on the mouth in front of them. For the fake couple, the forced kiss is extremely awkward, that is if they can even manage to bring themselves to kiss in the first place. In real life, you can just say no and no one will say boo about it. Except your creepy uncle, that guy really wants to see you and you SO makeout.
As seen in:
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Monk, 30 Rock, Family Guy, Happy Endings, and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
An explosion is imminent, either because the villain set a bomb, someone shot a car's gas tank or some other third thing. There's not enough time to defuse the bomb, so the only other option is to run away. Sometimes there's enough time for the hero to simply walk away from it, as cool as you please, but the result is pretty similar. Those who run are usually blown away by the explosion, but they land safely on the ground, only slightly worse for wear.
In reality, if the heatwave from the explosion didn't injure them terribly, the shrapnel and debris from the explosion definitely would. If somehow the heroes managed to dodge all of that, there's still the matter of the pressure wave, which would totally liquidize and mash their organs to total uselessness. Even if these characters got away from all of the above, there would still be at least some sort of hearing loss. That's just one more thing that people can get away with in movies that us normal folks could never do.
As seen in:
The Mask of Zorro, Iron Man, various Bond movies, Spiderman 3, The Fifth Element, I Am Number Four, Independence Day, Predator, Die Hard, and Sky Captain and The World Of Tomorrow.
He's an uptight neat freak and she's a messy free-spirit. It seems like this pair can't be in the same room together without fighting about something. Sometimes, they're even actively working against each other. Every scene they're in together reeks of both sexual tension and actual tension. The only thing more obvious than the fact that these two have nothing in common is the fact that they will inevitably get together in a heartwarming scene featuring at least one angry kiss. Sure, there's that old saying that opposites attract, but other than their love for each other, there's nothing really linking them together. Still, they overcome their differences, realize they're not that different after all (even if they still are), and ride off into the sunset together.
These sort of relationships would never work out in real life. They only work out on screen because the story ends right when the couple is still in their "honeymoon" phase. The audience never gets to see how things would really work out later when life gets tougher and their love is truly tested. What's much more likely is that two characters who couldn't stand each other from the start would just continue to low-key hate each other.
As seen in:
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, 10 Things I Hate About You, Gossip Girl, Cheers, You've Got Mail, Supernatural, Firefly, Castle, Singing In The Rain, Living Single, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Sound familiar? The hero is creeping through a bad guy's lair when, suddenly, he (or she) is attacked from behind and knocked unconscious. Later, they come to, usually strapped to a chair or bed, with the villain standing over them, all smug and villainous. In between the initial hit and the wake-up time, probably at least ten to twenty minutes have passed. After all, it takes time to drag an unconscious body to a different location and even more time to securely tie them to whatever piece of furniture the villain prefers. In real life, unconsciousness only lasts a few seconds. Any longer than that, and you're looking at significant brain damage, amnesia, cranial bleeding, or even a coma, and that's assuming you ever wake up again.
As seen in:
Back to the Future, various Bond movies (Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies, Diamonds are Forever), The Princess Bride, Wild Wild West, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Ant-Man.
She's a plain Jane and she has the glasses and the messy updo to prove it. She's usually a brunette, mousy type that has tomboyish tendencies or an interest in art, which automatically marks her a weirdo in her school/job/friend group. Her clothes are either baggy, unfashionable, or both. Luckily for her, there's someone out there willing to give her a makeover, usually in montage format. In reality, not that much actually needed to be done. They just switch from glasses to contacts, take down her messy, unattractive bun, and leave her hair loose. That's all it takes to turn her from not to hot, because, surprise surprise, she was totally gorgeous the whole time, even with the messy hair and glasses. In real life, there are plenty of attractive people who wear glasses and wear their hair in messy buns. There's an entire industry that puts thin, pretty people in baggy clothes, but they're still obviously attractive.
As seen in:
Miss Congeniality, She's All That, The Princess Diaries, Batman Returns, Rocky, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Quick question: when's the last time you turned on the TV and it was something that directly affected you or your family? The answer is probably never unless you experienced some sort of trauma. Stop us if this seems familiar: a character walks into a restaurant, bar, or into their own house. A TV is switched on, a newscaster/commercial appears and imparts information that was exactly what the character needed to hear at exactly that moment. Whether it's news of a competition, whose prize money reward is exactly the amount the hero needs to save the house/orphanage/sports team or a story about a senator having an affair that his wife just happens to catch, these broadcasts are always incredibly convenient and oddly personal.
If it's not news that impacts one character specifically, then it's news that serves no purpose except to further the plot. At the beginning of any given zombie movie, there's usually a news broadcast that says something like, "Welcome to Such and Such News, I'm Chet Newsman. The dead are coming back to life, so Grandma's coming home, and she's hungry for brains. Destroy the brain, life won't be a pain," or something to that effect. It's not that we're saying that the news or TV has never helped anyone or isn't full of interesting or useful information, but it's highly unlikely that you'll ever get that much needed information the moment you turn on the TV. First, you have to watch a segment about waterskiing squirrels and the upcoming birth of another Kardashian before you get to anything good.
As seen in:
Doctor Who, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Breaking Bad, Mission: Impossible, The Twilight Zone, The Terminator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Gilligan's Island.
As everyone knows, once a pregnant woman's water breaks in movies or TV, the baby is literally moments away from just slipping out on his own like he's on a waterslide or something. All it takes for the baby to come into the world is a few quick pushes and a bit of grunting on their mother's end and out pops the baby. All in all, the whole process only takes a few minutes, even if it's the woman's first child. In actuality, labor can take hours, sometimes entire days, especially for the very first baby. It's not as quick and easy a process as movies and TV would have you believe.
As seen in:
Lost, Psych, Roseanne, Glee, Desperate Housewives, Army Wives, Alias, Bones, Baywatch, Crybaby, and Legion.