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Re: Movies with money problems
« Reply #50 on: March 21, 2014, 09:29:03 PM »
If I remember correctly, this subject was addressed in a chapter of The Overspent American.  I believe that the author points out how a lot of what we watch on TV is unrealistic from a personal finance prospective.

I can't comment on the shows mentioned because although I've heard of them, I haven't seen any of them, except for Roseanne.

I have read a series of books by Sue Grafton (A is for Alibi, B is for ...., etc.)  where the main character lives pretty frugally in Santa Theresa (fictional Santa Barbara).  She rents a granny quarters, cuts her own hair, drives an old VW bug, and has little in the way of clothing.  She likes to live very simply.  Her income is from working fraud cases for an insurance company and freelancing as a PI.

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Re: Movies with money problems
« Reply #51 on: March 22, 2014, 06:27:12 AM »
Off topic a bit...

I remember watching Juno and noticing how normal things looked.   The 1970s suburb houses she and Pauly live in. Her dad is an hvac repair man.  Her stepmom? Refashions clothes for her pregnancy. She drives an old minivan. 

I don't remember money being a focus of the movie at all. 
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Re: Movies with money problems
« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2014, 07:12:55 AM »
Queen of Versailles a documentary film about Jackie and David Siegel owners of Westgate Resorts, trying to build the largest home in America during the housing crash. They had so much excess, it was almost unbelievable. Watching it I experienced a weird mix of schadenfreude, pity and compassion.

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Re: Movies with money problems
« Reply #53 on: March 22, 2014, 09:10:44 AM »
I think movies/TV set outside of the country's most expensive metros (NY/LA/SF/Chicago) tend to be realistic about money.  All shows set in NYC are almost guaranteed to be unrealistic, because unless you're in a multimillion dollar condo, a typical NYC apartment is a terrible looking set.  It's just too small to get good shots.  The only show set in a major metro I can think of that's pretty realistic is Big Bang Theory, since they're mostly NASA employees and thus going to be pretty highly paid and able to afford medium/large sized apartments in Pasadena.

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Re: Movies with money problems
« Reply #54 on: March 22, 2014, 10:34:05 AM »
The two shows that always strike me of being realistic with money are "Rosanne" and "King of the Hill." In Rosanne the family seems to live a much more normal life and deals with money in ways that seem realistic. in KOTH the dad has a reasonable job and his lifestyle seems to match. Has anyone else seen these and feel the same way? I think having realistic tv shows is very important in that it must at least subconsciously impact what you expect to get out of life.

The first season of My Name is Earl is my favorite, because it is hilarious and it portrays people that I actually know something about.  Living in the trailer park or some small house in a small town.  Good stuff.

I think movies/TV set outside of the country's most expensive metros (NY/LA/SF/Chicago) tend to be realistic about money.  All shows set in NYC are almost guaranteed to be unrealistic, because unless you're in a multimillion dollar condo, a typical NYC apartment is a terrible looking set.  It's just too small to get good shots.  The only show set in a major metro I can think of that's pretty realistic is Big Bang Theory, since they're mostly NASA employees and thus going to be pretty highly paid and able to afford medium/large sized apartments in Pasadena.
....ummm...they all work at a research college. Only Howard did work with NASA but was not a NASA employee. And the Cheesecake Factory server across the hall has way too nice of an apartment for that line of work :)

Ugh.  Not to mention that to make any money as a waitress she's working late nights, and wouldn't have a chance to go next door for dinner several nights a week.