Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

Genius Hacks We Learned From Our Fave Movies & TV Shows

  1. Begin

    SHARE IT

    comments
    See All Slides
    Honest question: Has a movie or TV show ever taught you anything?

    We're not talking about life lessons that stick with you and develop your character. Has a TV show or movie ever taught you a skill, word, recipe, or general life hack?

    Maybe it was an off-the-cuff remark from one of your favorite reality-TV personalities. Or, maybe it was a critical scene in a classic movie. Maybe it's a piece of throwaway dialogue from that straight-to-VOD movie you watched one Sunday afternoon. In the end, the result was the same: A brief "Ah-hah!" or "I didn't know that!"

    The point is, TV and movies often have little snippets of information — sometimes buried in mundane dialogue — that can be useful in real life.

    Now, we're sharing some of the best movie and TV show life hacks we've ever seen on-screen. Click ahead and decide whether they're worth trying IRL.

    Begin Slideshow
  2. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rQIYPYBDPj0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    0 of 10

    Titanic (1997)
    Lesson: How to navigate cutlery

    The most important lesson from Titanic comes during the first-class dinner scene. The "Unsinkable" Molly Brown gives our beloved Jack Dawson (Leo DiCaprio) a quick lesson on cutlery: Go from the outside in. That's way easier to remember than the "tines" lesson from this scene in Pretty Woman.

  3. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jh13Xd2loto" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    1 of 10

    The Godfather (1972)
    Lesson: How to make perfect tomato sauce

    Believe it or not, The Godfather teaches a valuable lesson about cooking. Always add a touch of sugar to your tomato sauce to balance out the acidity. Works every time.

  4. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q7hTFqBmHH0?list=PLx3yfdKQZLuWuU9v5gs4xbR13P3hWnXnu" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    2 of 10

    Dynasty (1981-1989)
    Lesson: Never freeze Champagne


    The first lesson from Dynasty is how to throw shade. The second: never freeze Champagne. It ruins the taste — and that's a MAJOR Dynasty world faux pas. Never freeze Champagne or serve Dominique the wrong caviar.

  5. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hBztsKwX-WI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    3 of 10

    Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
    Lesson: How to save money for a rainy day

    Maybe Confessions of a Shopaholic was an awful movie. But if you're trying to keep a rainy-day fund (in the form of an emergency credit card), remember to stick it in the freezer. Try it — it really works

  6. Photo: Courtesy of E! Networks.

    SHARE IT