Twister is one of my top five films of all time. If it’s not in yours you need to rethink your priorities. Now it’s not necessarily the most scientifically accurate movie of all time, but I think it’s one the most positive depictions of science, and one of the best depictions of science community I’ve ever seen.
Here are the main points of my thesis:
- The research group fights about what music they listen to when they drive, with one group favouring showtunes and the other favouring rock.
- Dustin (Seymour Hopkins‘ character) is the the token “good at emotions” character, always rushing to make sure everyone’s okay
- There are (repeated) arguments about how to store equipment
- There is one who is always on the phone fixing problems (Jami Gertz’s character). Every research group has one of these people.
- Someone in the team has a family member really good at cooking and the whole team adopts them.
- There’s a lot of bitterness about that one person who went after the money instead of the science.
- Nobody has a particularly good work-life balance.
- No one can decide whose responsibility it is to write up the papers.
And to conclude, the true reason Twister is the best depiction of science culture ever: