Mike Lynch

5th Nov 2019

Common mistakes

Corrected entry: Whenever a man goes into the ladies' restroom to talk to a woman, it's always conveniently empty.

Mike Lynch

Correction: This is more of a cliche than a mistake. I have entered hundreds of public restrooms in my life and a good number of them have been empty when I did. It's not a mistake for a movie to show an empty ladies room in a particular scene, no matter how many other films do the same.

BaconIsMyBFF

18th Oct 2021

You've Got Mail (1998)

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie when Kathleen found out that Joe was in fact her online love interest she confessed to him she hoped it was him all along. However, in real live, most women would be furious and feel betrayed by his lies and manipulations.

Mike Lynch

Correction: The fact that you said most means some wouldn't, so just by that statement it's not a mistake, and certainly not a factual error. But a character doing something different from what you assume others would do doesn't constitute a mistake.

Bishop73

4th Dec 2019

Common mistakes

Corrected entry: When a man proposes to a woman and gives her an engagement ring, it always fits perfectly on her finger.

Mike Lynch

Correction: Choosing a ring takes a while as the man/woman will always try to find the "perfect" ring. It's likely that the recipient's partner will know which ring size to choose. This does make sense as the couple will have known each other for a few years at least.

29th Dec 2019

Kelly's Heroes (1970)

Corrected entry: When Kelly convinces the German tank commander to blast the door open so they can get the gold, an 88 mm shell at that close range would have blown the bank apart. But only a relatively small hole is through the doors and the gold in the middle of the floor lies undisturbed.

Mike Lynch

Correction: If the shell fired was a high explosive shell, then yes, maybe the bank would have been blown apart, as you say. Since the German tank commander just needed to "blow a hole through that door", then an armor piercing shell would have done the job (as was likely ordered by the Tiger commander) with little damage to the interior of the bank.

Scott215

Your suggestion doesn't fit the facts since there's no hole in the back of the bank.

Mike Lynch

Corrected entry: When Indiana Jones is told about the tablet discovery by Donovan, Indiana says the three knights who find the grail during the first Crusade are French. When Indiana meets the last knight at the end of the movie, he speaks perfect English, and with an English accent.

Mike Lynch

Correction: He's also almost 900 years old and imbued with power by God Himself. I think a simple language would be no big deal at all.

LorgSkyegon

How is he imbued by power from God?

lionhead

How else do you explain him being almost a thousand years old?

LorgSkyegon

Drinking from the cup. How does that make him speak English?

lionhead

The Grail is imbued with the power of God because it held the blood of Christ. One would think that since he is essentially the God-appointed guardian of the Grail, he would have any knowledge needed to guard it.

LorgSkyegon

Thats a lot of assumptions. The cup grants immortality, that's it. It doesn't make you a polyglot.

lionhead

He's the appointed guardian of the Holy Grail, an artifact that grants eternal life and is protected by miraculous and physically impossible traps. The guardian is given whatever power needed to keep the Grail in the chamber.

LorgSkyegon

He doesn't have to do anything to keep the cup in the chamber. The seal does that.

lionhead

I suppose you can make the case about God giving the knight the ability to speak English, but why in an English accent? I would think he'd speak in a French or American accent.

Mike Lynch

Why? An American dialect is no more neutral than an English one. People who speak with a French accent do so because they are still using rules and habits learned speaking French when trying to speak another language.

Because languages and the people who speak them change over time, especially that long of a period, by the immigration and emigration of people, influence of other languages, etc... What he would have spoken then would have been Old French, not modern French. While they do share a modicum of similarity, they are not mutually intelligible due to changes in grammar, syntax, and word use. Old French, for instance, contains far more influence from the Germanic Frankish language and Celtic Gaulish than modern French.

LorgSkyegon

A French accent from 900 years ago would sound nothing like a modern French accent. In the same way, what we consider to be a modern proper English accent is actually a fairly modern phenomenon designed to distinguish upper from lower class people.

LorgSkyegon

5th Sep 2019

Common mistakes

Corrected entry: Whenever a character comes home at night to their house or apartment, every single light has been left on.

Mike Lynch

Correction: I wouldn't really call this a mistake. Especially depending on the area they live. Often times people leave their lights on when they are away to make it appear that people are still home so it's less likely they get broken into and robbed.

Quantom X Premium member

Agreed. My family frequently left lights and/or the TV on when we were away when I was growing up.

Phaneron Premium member

Also agree. It's not uncommon to see especially in more rural areas.

Ssiscool Premium member

Yes, leaving lights on in your home when you're away is normal, but it seems that every single light in every room is a common occurrence in movies and TV shows.

Mike Lynch

Could you give some examples? I don't remember ever seeing this happen. It certainly doesn't happen every time.

1st Jul 2019

Common mistakes

Correction: The speed at which facial hair grows is not the same for every man. I can shave my face and still look clean shaven two or three days later.

Phaneron Premium member

Correction: Also, key word is look. Some men have light colored facial hair that doesn't reveal itself to the eye. But can to the touch.

dizzyd

25th May 2019

Common mistakes

Corrected entry: Whenever someone comes home with some groceries, a baguette is frequently seen sticking out of the bag.

Mike Lynch

Correction: How is this a mistake? It's more of an observation that an actual mistake.

Ssiscool Premium member

Correction: This is more of a cliché.

Phaneron Premium member

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