A supercut of moments in cinema and television where characters hate on math.
In fairness, people hate math. Hollywood just turns on the cameras.
BTW. Here’s the behind-the-scenes. I went to SubZin, searched for “math,” crossed off the (few) movies that had anything positive or neutral to say on the subject, queued up all the other movies in NetFlix and ripped those scenes over the course of a few months. Then I wrote down all the lines and started moving them around like an essay. The supercut was easier to edit knowing I had some large passages where kids talked about flunking math or adults referred to their own trouble with math. I was also able to make the movies talk to each other, like the dialog between Jamie Lee Curtis and Megan Fox.
Great supercut, but there are also Hollywood movies that celebrate math. A Beautiful Mind, Mean Girls, the TV series Numbers, Good Will Hunting… Maybe fodder for another supercut. :)
Mathematical genius appears in too many of those pro-math movies. Good Will Hunting, Numbers, Real Genius, Beautiful Mind — everyone watching those movies recognizes that the protagonists are far outside the norm.
Worse yet, the math geniuses often aren’t even really doing math. They are math like Buck Rogers is science. Numb3rs is a particularly horrific example of this.
Yup, we are the academic equivalent of dentists.
I disagree with the title. I suggest: Hollywood Hates [School] Math.
2013 Apr 24. Nick Douglas of the Slacktory as a nice rundown of the supercut business.