This could be considered the refrain of a computer geek upon seeing a computer-oriented movie such as
The Net. What they don't often seem to realize is that Hollywood seems to have a perverse tendency to
get it wrong everywhere else, too.
Medical shows like ER feature doctors rattling off jargon that would kill their patient.
People slash their wrists the wrong way.
Of course, the area they are most famous about getting it wrong is religion.
Find your friendly neighborhood practitioner
of Wicca and ask them about The Craft, but be ready to run away. Even Christianity
does not escape unscarred; a recent television production of Noah's Ark managed to get it
Why does this happen? I think it's because someone, whether a studio boss or the director
decides changes are needed to make the movie "more entertaining".
The scriptwriter seems to be often
instructed to make it exciting,
even if it means bending the original story or the facts of the
situation. Advisors are called in
to make suggestions, and then apparently followed or ignored at a whim. After
all, the actors,
actresses, the director, and the producers are all professionals,
and know what they are doing. They are there to entertain, not educate, despite sometimes winding up doing both to people who don't know any better.
As a rebuttal, though, ask any Highlander fan what those
in power did to Highlander 2. What they think is entertaining isn't necessarily so.