One of my favorite things about Hollywood TV and movies is that they’re always getting stuff wrong. Like, sure, I love the stories and the acting and blah bah. But, how much more fun is it to talk about a show or a movie that is so out of touch with reality, that it may as well be called Gwyneth Paltrow? And one of the biggies that silly old Hollywood is always screwing up is making the lives of characters who are supposedly living within limited means appear even a little realistic.
This is a genuine question: has anyone involved in making Hollywood TV and films ever not been rich? Because they sure do a crap job of depicting characters who are on a budget. Like, for example, these 11 instances that still have me scratching my non-wealthy head.
1. Hannah’s Girls apartment
You must excuse me, TV creators. I’ve never witnessed real-life “shabby-chic” décor quite like that of Hannah’s apartment. Or ever at all.
2. The giant NYC apartments in Friends
It makes sense that the characters could afford their giant apartments; Joey was a barely-working actor, but Chandler had a pretty well-paying job; Ross was a professor; and Monica was a chef and living in a rent-controlled apartment, anyway. But none of those things explain how the hell their NYC apartments are even that big to begin with. A window ledge complete with pillows to sit on when you are sad because you regret asking your boyfriend to go on a break? Yeah, okay.
3. DJ and Stephanie’s bedroom in Full House
If it was so annoying for the two sisters to have to share a bedroom with one another, why didn’t they just build a wall in the middle to make two separate apartments? That room was that big.
4. Sonny’s duplex loft in Big Daddy
Yes, he got a nice-sized legal settlement that he was living off of. But he also did not work consistently, and when he did, it was at a damn toll booth. In what world could this duplex (with a bridge!!!) be a result of that?
5. The spacious Humphrey family loft in Gossip Girl
(Photo: The CW)
If I recall correctly, the Humphrey’s were supposed to be middle-class, at best. That’s why Jenny didn’t fit in with the Upper East Siders when she first got to her high school, remember? Since when can a middle-class, one-salaried family afford to live in a huge Brooklyn loft?
6. Max and Caroline’s apartment in 2 Broke Girls
They are two broke girls, you guys. They are both waitresses, living from check to check. And yet, there they are, living in a very large apartment with “poor-looking” decorations. Bye.
7. Carrie’s walk-in closet in Sex and the City
I don’t know one NY-based freelance writer who knows what it feels like to walk inside of a closet in their apartment on any given day and choose between Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Chanel.
8. Arnold’s bedroom in Hey, Arnold!
I know this is a cartoon, but just bear with me. His family was so #struggling that they had to rent out their home to boarders, but Arnold could have the most cool and hi-tech room in all of history? No, nope, nuh-uh.
9. The neighbor situation in Don’t Trust The B– In Apt. 23
So, James Van Der Beek played his famous-person self and lived in the same apartment complex as two women who were forced to live together because their budget didn’t allow for them to live separately? LOL.
10. Annie’s wardrobe in Bridesmaids
(Photo: Universal Pictures)
Pretty sure Annie is supposed to be struggling this entire movie, and yet, she looks fab and suspiciously legging-less the whole time.
11. Elena and Caroline’s dorm room in The Vampire Diaries
This one was pointed out by lovely commenter M_G! It’s someone in Hollywood’s absolutely ridiculous idea of what your average college dorm room looks like. I lived in a college dorm and, let me tell you, if I could fit two large posters on my wall, it was a miracle. There was none of this chandelier business.