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Unless it's a 70's cop movie where they will drink in a strip club with an out of focus stripper in the background as they discuss the case they are working on.
This was sent up brilliantly in The Sopranos where Mob business is conducted at the Bada Bing! club with topless dancers performing continuously.
 

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This was sent up brilliantly in The Sopranos where Mob business is conducted at the Bada Bing! club with topless dancers performing continuously.
Irish men hang out in bars
Italian men in Italian restaurants, (they never eat anywhere else), or strip clubs
Black men in Barbershops.
Chinese men in Chinese restaurants, (they never eat anywhere else), or laundries.
 
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After a hard day at being the protagonist in an action, detective, horror, or thriller movie, you need a pause to relax and reflect on what's happened and what you're going to do next.
To do this, you fill the bath and with either candles or dimmed lights you lie back in the water, and completely submerge yourself before opening your eyes to stare at the ceiling/camera.
Next, you either -
1 Have a flashback or unexpected insight that makes you suddenly sit up in the water.
2 Hear a noise in your apartment that makes you suddenly sit up in the water.
3 See a shadow in your bathroom that makes you suddenly sit up in the water.
4 Are played a trick upon by one of your flatmates, making you suddenly sit up in the water.

(All done with a huge gasp for air, as if you had been drowning.)
 

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* There are two kinds of dancing that I've only ever seen in films and on TV: one is the Young Women About Town one and consist of jumping up and down, with one arm aloft while whooping. The particiapants may rub their backsides together too. The other is the Man on Holiday one and this involves frenetically shaking your upper torso to and fro (almost as if you should have breasts) whilst moving from one foot to the other. The man who does this dance will be a rogue, albet a lovable one.

*In a romantic comedy if there is a scene where the lovers are publically frolicking around in a silly way, there will be a cameo where an elderly couple fondly look on - with a mixture of envy, nostalgia, knowingness and benevolence.


* If Young People are Having a Good Time in the Great Outdoors, this will be represented by them going for a paddle in a stream and then flicking water at each other while going `whoooooo!` If the film is a thriller/ horror this scene will contrast with the Terible Events that are About to Unfold.

*Nobody really enjoys drinking alchohol in films and on TV (Think about it!) Either they will be drowning their sorrows (while sat at the bar) or at some sort of barbecue and pulling soulessly on a bottled beer. Nobody ever smacks their lips, enquires what the beer is, or appears to savour it. The exception is wine. TV/Film characters are allowed to enjoy wine - but they will most likely be Bondian villains with their own wine cellar - or a Nazi general discerning enough to like the odd glass of Rhineland Port.

* If someone unexpectedly phones the hero/heroine while they are out on the street - they will remove their mobile from their bag or pocket and, initially, it will be uoside down and they will have to turn it the right way up. (This probably began as a stab at realism but is now so common as to look mannered).

* If the lead character is particularly sexy and attractive, this fact will be noted by (a) the love interest of the story, and (b) by the dastardly villain of the piece who may well want to have his own way with her (it will usually be a woman, in this case). The supreme gorgeousness of the star will otherwise go unnoticed by the other players in the story. They wil be able to go about their daily business without shopkeeprs gazing dreamily at them or taxi drivers pestering them in any way (and hence holding the plot up).
 

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Yes. Who the hell does that?
I will often slide down into the water all the way but not my face. Cos of, you know, breathing. It's nice and quiet under the water!

When not bathing but showering, tv folk walk into their homes, drop their keys, half heartedly flip through their post, then walk straight into the bathroom, turn on the shower, strip where they stand and get in the shower.
They never go into the rest of the house first, maybe close curtains and blinds, turn the heating on, make a cuppa.
 

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When people return home from work in the dark, the lights in the house are already on - like they're never turned off.
Oddly, these lights are all turned down to 'really dim' and barely light the room.
It's a wonder that the protagonist isn't always tripping over stuff in the dark.
 

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When people return home from work in the dark, the lights in the house are already on - like they're never turned off.
Oddly, these lights are all turned down to 'really dim' and barely light the room.
It's a wonder that the protagonist isn't always tripping over stuff in the dark.
In american stuff the wall switch turns on assorted table lamps rather than a central room light. I don't know if that's real or just a tv lighting thing, but certainly in the UK it would be very unusual.
 

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In american stuff the wall switch turns on assorted table lamps rather than a central room light. I don't know if that's real or just a tv lighting thing, but certainly in the UK it would be very unusual.
It's not so common now but in old movies there would always be a delay between flicking the switch and the lights coming on. And if someone has an oil lamp or a candle that source of light will somehow cast its own shadow on the wall.
 

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The most important clue detectives will find at the scene of a crime won't be fingerprints or DNA it'll be a book of matches from a nightclub. That nightclub will be the source of information that will help crack the case.
I watched a Sylvester Stallone movie called Eye See You on Netflix last night and there was the book of matches to help sly catch the killer.
 

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Increasingly, the folks employed in adverts appear in the corporate colours of the company’s logo. Except in the Nationwide ads, where they simply inflict their shit pomes at us.
 

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All greasy spoon cafes on telly are owned by an overweight middle-aged man in a faded apron with oily hair.

All nice coffee shops on telly are owned by a smiley lady in her late 30s who will at some point mildly criticise one of her waitresses for something really minor.
 

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Whenever a film starts with a group of irritating, whiny young people, you just know that most of them are going to die horribly.
They're depicted as being horrible so we have no empathy with them when the monster/alien/serial killer/whatever starts picking them off.
 

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Whenever a film starts with a group of irritating, whiny young people, you just know that most of them are going to die horribly.
They're depicted as being horrible so we have no empathy with them when the monster/alien/serial killer/whatever starts picking them off.
Not necessarily - one trick is to keep the most irritating character around for a long time, to build up the anticipation of their demise and keep you watching.
 

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Perpetrators of pernicious conspiracies are fastidious in leaving a world-encircling trail of encrypted clues documenting their plans, each of which can be decrypted in approximately 2 minutes.
 

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Whenever a film starts with a group of irritating, whiny young people, you just know that most of them are going to die horribly.
They're depicted as being horrible so we have no empathy with them when the monster/alien/serial killer/whatever starts picking them off.
I don't remember that happening in Fame.
 
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