Created By: KZN02 on September 21, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on September 21, 2010
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Parallel Parking

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Parallel Parking is one of the most difficult things to do when you're driving. This is something that will get almost anybody nervous, especially during a Driving Test, and would try avoiding. That, or somehow a character can pull off something daring and spectacular doing it.

Examples:

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  • There's a Mentos commercial where some jerk pulls into an open parking spot right when Our Heroine wants to leave, sandwiching her in. Cue a Mentos, and a Bright Idea: she recruits the help of some beefy construction workers to pick up her car and ease it out.

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Live-Action TV
  • One time on The Late Show With David Letterman they had a remote camera watching some 16-year-olds take their driving test. The parallel parking was particularly bad. For that matter, a semi-recurring segment is having interns parallel park outside the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Web Comics
  • In Wapsi Square, Tina breaks her wrist while parallel parking. She runs over it.

Western Animation
  • In one old Disney cartoon placed in the wild west, Bruno comes to town as a villain and parallel parks a horse, bumping into those in front and behind him.
  • Doug's sister Judy once failed to get her driver's license after failing to correctly parallel park.
  • In one episode of Futurama, Amy complains that she is useless at parallel parking, and then easily drives in since hovercars can just move sideways. She then suddenly moves forwards and back to hit the two cars anyway.
    • The first episode has Leela saying that she can fly the ship, as long as she isn't asked to parallel park.
  • Phineas and Ferb: one episode focuses on Candace practicing this.

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Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • September 21, 2010
    TooBah
    The spectacular one is done in The Incredibles, when Mr. Incredible lands the van that was launched from a rocket, then skids perfectly into a vacant parallel spot.
  • September 21, 2010
    Lysythe
    In Wapsi Square, Tina breaks her wrist while parallel parking. She runs over it.
  • September 21, 2010
    Blork
    In one episode of Futurama Amy complains that she is useless at parallel parking, and then easily drives in since hovercars can just move sideways. She then suddenly moves forwards and back to hit the two cars anyway.
  • September 21, 2010
    sweeneysaint
    The absolute best form of this was Ace Ventura 2. the scene where Ace and the other guy are in a land rover, traveling thru the jungle, and Ace is singing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". It ends with Ace FLIPPING the land rover for about the last mile, and lands in a perfect parallel park, to which Ace says "Li~ike a glove!"
  • September 21, 2010
    suedenim
    Might be worth mentioning that you generally only see parallel parking in movies if it has some particular plot or comedic relevance. Otherwise, even in New York, characters will always have a convenient place to park, usually one they can just pull into front-first with no hassle.

    (Is that one a trope, BTW? Always An Open Parking Space or somesuch?)
  • September 21, 2010
    KZN02
    Hmm, that sounds like something to YKTWW.
  • September 21, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Also in Futurama, Leela says in the first episode that she can fly the ship, as long as she isn't asked to parallel park.
  • September 21, 2010
    Micah
    • After Annie parks in Annie Hall:
      Alvy: Don't worry. We can walk to the curb from here.
  • September 21, 2010
    dotchan
    • There's a Mentos commercial where some jerk pulls into an open parking spot right when Our Heroine wants to leave, sandwiching her in. Cue a Mentos, and a Bright Idea: she recruits the help of some very handsome, beefy construction workers to pick up her car and ease it out.
    • Using chi powers to parallel park is one of the things Sing wants to promote in Shaolin Soccer.
  • September 21, 2010
    suedenim
    ^ Nitpicking, but IIRC the construction workers in the Mentos ad were more of the "big burly guys" stereotype, and not especially handsome.
  • September 21, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    • Doug's sister Judy once failed to get her driver's license after failing to correctly parallel park.
  • September 21, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In one old Disney cartoon placed in the wild west, Bruno comes to town as a villain and paralell parks a horse, bumping into those in front and behind him.
  • September 21, 2010
    KZN02
    Looking real good, any objections before I launch?
  • September 21, 2010
    foxley
    In Zits, Jeremy's first attempt to paralell park the van ends up with the van at right angles to the other cars. Hector's comment of "That's your idea of paralell?" is met by the response of "It's a big universe. I must be paralell to something!".
  • September 21, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @suedenim KZN 02: Rockstar Parking.

    One time on The Late Show With David Letterman they had a remote camera watching some 16-year-olds take their driving test. (It wasn't a Hidden Camera.) The parallel parking was particularly bad. For that matter, a semi-recurring segment is having interns parallel park outside the Ed Sullivan Theater.

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