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9 Stereotypes in Movies About California That May or May Not Be True

9 Stereotypes in Movies About California That May or May Not Be True

When it comes to common California stereotypes, no one does Hollywood better than Hollywood.


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August 11, 2021

La La Land is a typical example of a common California movie stereotype, where the leads are aspiring actors or musicians.

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The most common stereotype of vegans is that they are obsessed with the diet, conserving the environment, and are aggressive to meat-eaters.
"I'm a firm believer in Karma," says Emma Watson in The Bling Ring, her voice dripping with Southern California vocal fry.
In-N-Out Burger’s casual presentation of the drive-thru burger joint perfectly embodies the difference between California and the other 49.

7. Californians are obsessed with In-N-Out: The Big Lebowski

Jeff Bridges as 'The Dude'—the iconic, stereotypical, and ever-so-surprising Venice Beach hippie—proves time and time again that he doesn't care about much at all; except for bowling and In-N-Out. The latter is not unique to him, however, as this stereotype plagues Californians wherever they go. And honestly, we don't mind this one much, because In-N-Out is delicious. But, it’s not the only eatery California is famous for, so half-truth on this one.

8. California is the Best Place to Fall In Love: 500 Days of Summer

We might actually agree with this one—although we wouldn’t be so exclusive, there’s plenty of places to fall in love in the world. But 500 Days of Summer makes the Golden State specifically a romance epicenter; except for, you know, we won’t spoil the ending. The whole scene where Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Tom is prancing along the sidewalk while Hall and Oates’ You Make My Dreams blasts makes us swoon; it also makes us want a flash mob every time we reach a romantic milestone. 

When you think of a barista, characteristics like a hipster wearing a beanie or a part-time college student come to mind.

9. All Baristas in California are Having a Bad Day: Promising Young Woman

If you’ve seen Promising Young Woman—and if you haven’t, then what are you doing with your life—then you know what we’re referring to. Carrey Mulligan’s Cassie can be seen on multiple occasions displaying disdain for her job, being dismissive to customers, and even spitting in a cup of coffee. Cassie, as you come to find out, has her reasons for acting like this; but you should know that this stereotypical character only exists in movies.

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