Movies & reality: not much difference
I don’t know if you were aware, but I like movies a lot. To give you an idea of how much I like movies, you can tell me the name of any movie, and I could probably tell you the year it was released, (Rushmore, 1998, one of the greatest movies ever made).
I can also name any cliche for you and give you an example of a film that prominently features it, (“The Nerd who Desperately Wants To Be Cool,” prominently featured in Revenge of the Nerds and Superbad).
Speaking of cliches, I’ve noticed recently that most movie cliches have some basis in reality, almost to the point of there being no difference. For instance:
Movies: Jocks who are super popular in high school drop out of college and wind up being gas station attendants.
Reality: Jocks who are super popular in high school don’t go to college and wind up working at McDonald’s.
Movies: Nerds wind up going to Harvard and becoming successful businessmen.
Reality: Nerds wind up going to Harvard and become successful software developers.
Movies: If an unattractive man has a good-looking girlfriend, then she is actually a Russian spy, planted to kill him.
Reality: NO DIFFERENCE!
But then, I realized, the world of movies isn’t all stark realism. Sometimes, things get a little more surreal:
Movies: You can jump out of a glass window while firing a gun, and not only hit your target, but come out unscathed as well.
Reality: You can jump out of a glass window while firing a gun, you’ll just get cut up and shoot yourself in the stomach.
Movies: All murderers laugh maniacally and utilize incredibly creative, yet tame, ways of killing their victims.
Reality: All murderers laugh like normal people and utilize uncreative, however, graphic and horrifying, ways of killing their victims.
Movies: High schoolers throw parties that involve hundreds of people participating in dozens of illegal activities.
Reality: High schoolers throw parties that involve 15 people eating pizza and playing dumb party games.
In conclusion, movies aren’t meant to be realistic.