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Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics


Technonerds go to movies strictly for entertainment, and of course, the most entertaining part comes after the movie when they can dissect, criticize, and argue the merits of every detail. However, when supposedly serious scenes totally disregard the laws of physics in blatantly obvious ways it's enough to make us retch. The motion picture industry has failed to police itself against the evils of bad physics. This page is provided as a public service in hopes of improving this deplorable matter. The minds of our children and their ability to master vectors are (shudder) at stake.

I love physicists.

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My own small contribution can be found at my web page on astronomical goofs in comics and animation.

My page is purely qualitative, though.

Hey - I'm a card carrying physicist. I often suggest that students study movies for problems. The clashes with the real world are often so great to be funny.

Of course there are cartoons:

Steve - Try recommending "The Core" to your students. They should have a field day with it.