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5 Romantic Movie Gestures That Are Actually Illegal

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Admit it or not we all have a soft spot for a good old fashioned romantic movie. Maybe we are all a little soft at heart or maybe we simply enjoy watching new romance blossom. Regardless of why romantic movies are so popular what most people fail to realise is the few simple gestures that seem to be generic to all movies in this genre are actually illegal.

1 – Defending Her Honor With Your Fists

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Where You’ve Seen It:

Bridget Jones Diary, Only You, Pretty in Pink, Valley Girl

The Gesture:

This romantic gesture is not actually limited to romantic movies; it actually creeps up in nearly any movie that has the slightest hint of a love story. The gesture usually starts out when a movie bad guy insults the female love interest and the male lead steps in to defend her honor. To prove his worth the only logical way to do this is to put up his fists and come out swinging.

What This Will Get You:

This gesture carries with it anything from a fine to several years in prison, depending on injuries and surrounding circumstances.

In Reality:

Sure, in a movie this might make you look like a tough guy who is capable of defending your lady but once you start throwing punches things are never going to end well. There is a very good chance you could cause someone a very nasty injury and even a chance you might accidentally shatter their skull by accident. Inflicting a simple injury on your opponent will see you charged with assault and if you went as far too accidentally kill them you will indeed be charged with manslaughter even if you were defending the honor of a lady.

2 – Watching Your Love From the Bushes

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Where You’ve Seen It:

Addicted to Love, Twilight, Untamed Heart

The Gesture:

Remarkably this gesture springs up in most romantic movies in which the female lead is a beautiful woman and the lead male is a character who is the shy and retiring type with no friends and doesn’t get out much. We are led to believe that it is okay to effectively stalk a lady because out male lead character is just being sweet and caring.

What This Will Get You:

There is no middle ground when it comes to stalking someone. For this you can expect to get handed up to five years in prison.

In Reality:

It seems to be a fact that any woman’s reaction to you pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable behaviour depends on how much you resemble Edward Cullen or Christian Slater. If you are the same as other mere mortals and don’t look anything like an A list celebrity you can expect to be arrested for stalking. Stalking is illegal everywhere and can quite easily become a felony which is punishable with up to five years in jail. The sentence can vary depending upon whether or not there is any aggravated circumstances such as the victim being a minor or if it is a repeated offence. You can also expect to have a restraining order slapped on your ass.

3 – Tying the Guy Up

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Where You’ve Seen It:

40 Days and 40 Nights, True Blood, Wedding Crashers

The Gesture:

This gesture is tends to be a big no, no when it is the man tying up the woman but in romantic movies we are led to believe that when a woman ties up a man and has her wicked way it is all fair in love and war.

What This Will Get You:

With this gesture you are looking at somewhere between six months and life in prison. This depends largely on the circumstances and jurisdiction.

In Reality:

In the eyes of the law rape is simply that – rape. There is no way around this when it comes to the letter of the law the same rules apply to women as they do to men. In fact it is estimated that approximately two percent of sexual assaults are committed by women. The true figure is expected to be even higher since there is no telling how many cases go unreported. After all no guy wants to be the only guy in a bar who was beaten at the hands of a woman.

4 – Blindfold Games

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Where You’ve Seen It:

Overboard, Revenge of the Nerds, Nine and a Half Weeks

The Gesture:

This gesture can take several forms but the most common is when a woman receive a phone call from who she believes is her lover and is told to wait with a blindfold on. The caller then turns up at the woman’s location and does the business. The idea here is that the situation creates excitement since the blindfolded party has no way of telling who it is they are actually doing it with. As we know in some cases it turns out to be someone other than who they expected.

What This Will Get You:

This is a peculiar one but if you get caught out playing this game you can expect to spend a whopping 30 years behind bars.

In Reality:

Just imagine for one moment you call a woman on the phone pretending to be her lover and ask her to wait for you wearing only a blindfold. You then go over to her place and take care of business before letting her in on the fact you are not who she thought. On what planet are you ever going to get away with this?

5 – Rushing Through Airport Security To Declare Your Love

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Where You’ve Seen It:

Liar Liar, Love Actually, Friends, The Wedding Singer

The Gesture:

Nothing builds the tension like that desperate final scene where one of the lead characters rushes through the airport to catch their true love before they fly out of their lives forever. Amazingly, and conveniently, airport security never seems to get in the way of true love and no one is ever stopped and questioned when entering restricted zones of an airport

What It Will Get you:

At least a year and a half in prison depending on the charge. In some cases you might even get shot if security sees you as a suicide bomber which in today’s world is a very real possibility.

In Reality:

There is actually a well-documented case of this happening in real life when a man went through airport security to give his girlfriend a final kiss goodbye. The end result when the breach was discovered was that the airport went into complete lockdown and over 200 flights were delayed or cancelled. The man who breached the security, by quite literally walking across a to give a kiss then going back, was quickly tracked down by the authorities and charged. His punishment was a large fine and a lot of community service.

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