I tend to notice this and have trouble suspending disbelief!
Like a young woman who's in bed, with hair done and full make-up, hears a noise in the cellar which is haunted, then she decides to get up wearing a skimpy nightie (I don't have too much of a problem with this aspect for some reason) and goes down to the cellar to have a look.....
I wonder if skeptics in general are more prone to think like that rather than just accept it at face value.
It's not just stories and films though.
I look at adverts like the Citroen transformer ones where the car changes into a figure and skates around etc. Yes, it's clever use of graphics etc. but it tells us nothing at all about the car! As such, it doesn't make me any more interested in the car itself.
But, advertisers have found that in general adverts like this one do work. People see the advertising as being 'clever' and equate this cleverness to the product (I read this in a report but can't cite it at the moment).
So I don't know whether skeptics inherently see things differently by nature or whether learning critical thinking leads us to use it by habit thus negating a lot of symbolism and unrealistic plots and such like.
I would guess that it's written purposely that way as most people can accept what they see on a screen as being real (i.e. suspending disbelief) without too much effort.So, my question is this. Are these characters particularly stupid purely for the purposes of the script or would real people behave like that?