Hollywood sells fantasy. And no matter how gritty the subject or vérité the cinéma liberties are always taken in the story telling. When an audience member has certain knowledge of which of a film’s actions run counter to reality, it can result in a whole lot of eye rolling and utterances of oh sure. Take for example Sci-Fi films that have sound in the vacuum of space, who doesn’t get irked by that? And of course those of us steeped in automotive knowledge can find fault with a cornucopia of Hollywood movie car tropes.
For me, the thing that really burns my biscuits is the removal of rearview mirrors and head rests from movie car set pieces as they interfere with sight lines to the “talent.” I notice it every single time. There’s also the screeching tires on dirt roads, the ability to hot wire just about any car simply by touching together a pair of wires yanked from under the dash, and . . . well, I’m not leaving any fun for you.
Fantasy requires a suspension of disbelief, but when it’s so egregiously lame a plot device, that can be extremely difficult. When it comes to movies and cars, what to you stands out as the lamest movie tropes that Hollywood expects us to accept?