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Old 05-18-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Oh gee I don't know, just every freaking movie about LA gangs, skid row, and mafia movies. Training Day, Colors, Rush Hour, half of the Quentin Tarantino films. The OC, 90210, Melrose, etc.

What movie or tv show doesn't portay LA as a city that is only rich and poor with the latter half living in a mad max wasteland, while the former lives it up in excess? I know they're fiction but even the comedians joke about LA being this way.

Not to mention the mass exodus of Californians pouring into Texas.
I dont know about your other concerns, but you should have been able to draw a semblance of an answer to your question about the people by now. In just 2 pages of responses, you have effectively been called moron/moronic, along with a barrage of snarky, sarcastic remarks leveled at you. I would say the verdict is in.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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I dont know about your other concerns, but you should have been able to draw a semblance of an answer to your question about the people by now. In just 2 pages of responses, you have effectively been called moron/moronic, along with a barrage of snarky, sarcastic remarks leveled at you. I would say the verdict is in.
Exactly. I think just two people out of two pages were nice enough to lend some advice. Everyone else were thinking that being sarcastic and snarky on the net is supposed to give them cool points or something.

Haven't even been to LA and already getting LA treatment.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: La Crescenta, CA
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Oh gee I don't know, just every freaking movie about LA gangs, skid row, and mafia movies. Training Day, Colors, Rush Hour, half of the Quentin Tarantino films. The OC, 90210, Melrose, etc.
Pretty funny. A: half those shows don't show the "mad max wasteland" of LA -- they show pretty people having sex with one another. B: THEY'RE FICTION.

Anyway, Houston's crime rates are higher than LA's.

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What movie or tv show doesn't portay LA as a city that is only rich and poor with the latter half living in a mad max wasteland, while the former lives it up in excess?
Just for fun, looking at some of the stuff that showed up on basic cable in the last few weeks: Step Brothers. I Love You Man. 500 Days of Summer. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Swingers. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Bowfinger. The Graduate. And like four hundred others, including half the ones you mention: Melrose Place, 90210, The OC (even though it takes place in... THE OC, not LA). Since we're digging back a few decades for TV shows, how about we throw in Three's Company and the last two seasons of Laverne and Shirley as well.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: La Crescenta, CA
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Haven't even been to LA and already getting LA treatment.
I bet if I went to the Texas board and said "Hey, I'm thinking of moving to Texas, but I'm afraid of getting lynched by cowboys -- will that actually happen since it happens in the movies?" -- nobody would respond with derision.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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Pretty funny. A: half those shows don't show the "mad max wasteland" of LA -- they show pretty people having sex with one another. B: THEY'RE FICTION.

Anyway, Houston's crime rates are higher than LA's.



Just for fun, looking at some of the stuff that showed up on basic cable in the last few weeks: Step Brothers. I Love You Man. 500 Days of Summer. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Swingers. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Bowfinger. The Graduate. And like four hundred others, including half the ones you mention: Melrose Place, 90210, The OC (even though it takes place in... THE OC, not LA). Since we're digging back a few decades for TV shows, how about we throw in Three's Company and the last two seasons of Laverne and Shirley as well.
The shows with the pretty people and the upper middle class show a slice of life that's for the half of population, while the crazy criminal shows are the other half.

Anyways, I am not debating anything, I am showing you the skewered view the media gives off about LA.

Pretty people on one side.....abject poverty and crime on the other.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I bet if I went to the Texas board and said "Hey, I'm thinking of moving to Texas, but I'm afraid of getting lynched by cowboys -- will that actually happen since it happens in the movies?" -- nobody would respond with derision.
Exactly - I don't think the OP realizes how many people come to this board asking the exact same questions based on stereotypes from TV shows.

Most of the people I have encountered in LA have been just as nice as anywhere else.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Exactly - I don't think the OP realizes how many people come to this board asking the exact same questions based on stereotypes from TV shows.

Most of the people I have encountered in LA have been just as nice as anywhere else.
You're talking about the difference between an old western with cowboys set in the 1800s and movies that take place in present day and offer a bleak view of LA.

The point was TV does skewer people's image of the town and I was hoping there was not truth to it at all.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You're talking about the difference between an old western with cowboys set in the 1800s and movies that take place in present day and offer a bleak view of LA.

The point was TV does skewer people's image of the town and I was hoping there was not truth to it at all.
There is a grain of truth, and that grain was larger in the previous decades...
But these days it seems the crime is fairly low (I live in a relatively scuzzy neighborhood and never feel in danger), and while there is a divide between the rich and the poor, there is certainly a middle class in LA - I'm part of it.

Nobody is going to judge you for being a normal person - just about everyone in this city of almost 4 million people is a "normal person". There are certainly more Honda Civics than Maseratis.

(BTW it wasn't me that said the thing about Westerns )
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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Well I am originally from Boston and the gap between the rich and poor is wide there too, so I am used to it.

Houston though is unique in that it's an affordable major city and you can be "middle class" with a 35k job and some credit/finance. The super rich stay in their own neighborhood and you almost never see them. So you can get away with murder in terms of living the high life.

I thought that maybe this rarely happens in LA.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Well I am originally from Boston and the gap between the rich and poor is wide there too, so I am used to it.

Houston though is unique in that it's an affordable major city and you can be "middle class" with a 35k job and some credit/finance. The super rich stay in their own neighborhood and you almost never see them. So you can get away with murder in terms of living the high life.

I thought that maybe this rarely happens in LA.
Yeah unless you are running up your credit card you will have to live a pretty normal life on 48k.

I also lived in Boston and LA is actually a less expensive city - ESPECIALLY when it comes to cheap eats/entertainment.
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