15 New York Movie Moments That Are Super Unrealistic

I’d move out of the city before meeting you on top of the Empire State Building.


Marilyn Monroe standing in high heels on a sidewalk grate in the iconic “flying skirt” scene from The Seven Year Itch.

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Unless your name is Rihanna, you have have no business walking over subway grates in stilettos. Also, there is no way Marilyn wouldn’t faintly smell of urine for the rest of the night after pulling a stunt like this.


Big and Carrie having a fight in the middle of a Manhattan street with seemingly no traffic (?!) in Sex and the City: The Movie.

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First, Mr. Big has his driver go the wrong way down a one way road. Then Carrie stops her limo and the couple get into a violent argument in the middle of the street. I couldn’t help but wonder: In what universe is there an empty street in the center of Manhattan?


Giselle and Robert somehow finessing a row boat in Central Park in Enchanted.

Walt Disney Company / Via Enchanted

Somehow Giselle and Robert getting a row boat on a moment’s notice feels more unrealistic than everyone in the park knowing the lyrics to a spontaneous musical number. They were even able to secure boats for an entire mariachi band! If you want to recreate this scene you better be prepared to wait in a long-ass line.


When Meg Ryan chose the freakin’ top of the Empire State Building for a meet-cute in Sleepless in Seattle.

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Yes it’s romantic, but meeting at the Empire State Building will cost you physically, emotionally, and financially. Real New Yorkers know the pain of taking visiting friends to the Empire State Building only to wait in line for hours and then shell out $100 to see that view.


And when Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia somehow didn’t wait for hours to perform their “Heart and Soul” duet on the huge piano in Big.

20th Century Fox Film Corp / Everett Collection / Via Big

I have not once stepped foot into FAO Schwarz when there wasn’t a line for this comically large piano. The fact that children stopped to watch these two grown-ass men play without throwing a tantrum to have their own turn is even more astonishing.


Justin Timberlake planning a very “2011” flashmob for Mila Kunis in Grand Central Station, undoubtedly during rush hour, in Friends With Benefits.

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I’m irritated just thinking about trying to catch a train and having to brush past hundreds of dancers. You’re not about to pay peak rail prices just because some guy wanted to plan a romantic gesture for his friend with benefits…


Andy’s spacious Manhattan apartment in The Devil Wears Prada.

20th Century Studios / Via The Devil Wears Prada

Andy is an administrative assistant and her boyfriend Nate is a line cook. I know their apartment is not The Ritz, but there is simply no way they could afford this much space in Manhattan. Everything about this couple screams Greenpoint, not Orchard Street.


Jenna Rink willing a taxi to a complete halt with only a whistle in 13 Going on 30.

Columbia Pictures / Via 13 Going On 30

Hailing a cab is a classic New York City trope. Jenna struggles to call a taxi in the beginning of 13 Going On 30, but later whistles one down in Midtown, no problem. How is the taxi driver supposed to hear you whistle over their EDM music blasting through the radio?! Just take the subway…


Young Kevin befriending the pigeon woman (?) in Home Alone 2.

20th Century Fox / Everett Collection

I was 100% sure I would become best friends with a pigeon lady upon moving to New York. The harsh reality is that wise homeless women do not spend their time giving advice and sharing bird seed with strangers. However, I did come close once when a man who was throwing full pieces of bread at birds in the park followed me home.


Buddy’s illegal trip through the Lincoln Tunnel from Elf.

Warner Bros Pictures / Via Elf

Most of us remember Buddy the Elf’s New York City origin story. Buddy fails to mention that if you cross through the Lincoln Tunnel you need to pay that hefty $16 toll. Maybe he paid in gumdrops, but it’s unlikely. Taking the Lincoln Tunnel is for rich people not elves.


Spider-Man (the Tobey Maguire version obviously) and Doc Oc battling it out on top of a moving subway in Spider-Man 2.

Columbia / Courtesy Everett Collection / Via Spider-Man 2

The problem here is that no above ground trains cut through Midtown Manhattan. Maybe if this were the J train it would make more sense…even still Peter Parker is from Queens not Brooklyn!


The Avengers constant and general destruction of the city.

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New York City already has plenty of problems to attend to from massive affordable housing issues to a mass transit system that hasn’t been updated in years. There is no universe (not even the MCU) where this much destruction of the city would be resolved swiftly.


The authoritarian power of Animal Control in The Secret Life of Pets.

Illumination Entertainment / Via The Secret Life of Pets

Duke and Max are attacked by a Sphynx cat named Ozone who removes their collars. Animal Control is on the scene immediately to take those boys to the pound. Meanwhile, in the REAL New York bodega cats roam free and reckless pet owners are barely policed when they let their dogs run around sans leash.


In Ghostbusters they rented a “cheap” firehouse in Tribeca that is bigger than most penthouse apartments.

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Nowadays in New York it’s often too expensive to afford a membership to a coworking space. Somehow in Ghostbusters the team is able to afford rent for a rundown firehouse the size of a small city block.


Finally, that orgasmic pastrami on rye from Katz’s Delicatessen in When Harry Met Sally.

Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection / Via When Harry Met Sally

Imagine waiting all week to get brunch at Katz’s only to be seated next to a woman who is screaming and writhing around in her chair. In the real world, Sally would have been yelled at to shut up faster than you could order the matzo ball soup.

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