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50 Unrealistic Movie Life Lessons

Overboard (1987)

The Movie Life Lesson: All sorts of despicable antics such as kidnapping are excused if you fall in love with your hostage during the process.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: Simply because you “really did fall for her Guv, honest” doesn’t equate to your highly illegal hijinks being forgotten in the eyes of the law. Charges would be brought. You’d get jailed.

Legally Blonde (2001)

The Movie Life Lesson: Filming an admissions video wherein you are scantily-clad instead of writing an entry essay for university will appeal to the school’s adventurous side.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: While a positive attitude and ingenuity might prevent you from being habitually ignored by your hardworking peers, Harvard would really rather prefer it if you took your skanky butt elsewhere.

Re-Animator (1985)

The Movie Life Lesson: Through the wonders of science, dead people can now be reanimated and return to the world of the living.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: No they can’t. Might be time to rethink that Evil Knievel jump off the garage roof you had planned.

Superbad (2007)

The Movie Life Lesson: Fake IDs may be illegal but you’ve nothing to fear when approached by law enforcement. The police will think you’re a badass and invite you to ride along with them!

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: Using an I.D. that’s dodgier than a Picasso off Delboy wouldn’t make you friends with the police. It’d land you a hefty fine and a visit to your parents’ doorstep with the bizzies in tow.

Weird Science (1985)

The Movie Life Lesson: If you can’t get a real girl to date you, just make a smokin’ hot one with an old BBC computer and cables, who’ll transform into a MILF and give you tips on wooing the ladies.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: Technology ain’t what it used to be in ‘80s movies.

Romy And Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

The Movie Life Lesson: If you were a nerd at school, you are likely to shed your D&D-lovin’ skin and go on to become conventionally successful. The popular kids will become dribbling alcoholics with failed marriages.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: As much as you might want them to flounder, some times those popular runts become popular, successful adults.

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

The Movie Life Lesson: Making a huge tit of yourself and destroying your best friend’s chance at happiness is OK if it’s for selfish reasons.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life:
Real people aren’t so quick to forget the financial and emotional turmoil you’ve put them through. Expect a bill and a lifetime ban on family events, Roberts.

She's All That (1998)

The Movie Life Lesson: Removing your glasses, putting on lipstick and letting your hair down will transform you into a woman about a million times hotter than you were previously.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: Women are hot with or without glasses, make up and hair styling. True beauty busies itself not with such trivialities.

Return Of The Jedi (1983)

The Movie Life Lesson: Bad people will often realise before it’s too late that they’ve spent their lives behaving like tyrannical curmudgeons, and have a massive change of heart.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: The older people get, the more stuck in their ways they become and difficult it becomes to change.

Don’t expect the lady at the end of the road to quit knifing your footballs every time you boot them accidentally down her drive.

Knocked Up (2007)

The Movie Life Lesson: It’s much better to change every part of yourself to suit your partner, even if that means giving up your favourite activities and defining characteristics.

Why It’s Impossible In Real Life: Getting rid of everything that makes you, well, you, surely doesn’t that mean your partner doesn’t love you at all. They’d prefer if you were just like them. Oh dear, it’s never gonna last.

Gem Seddon

I'm GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter. I'm a bit obsessed with all things Aliens and Terminator. You can find my byline on our best Netflix movies and best Netflix shows lists.