Before we get talking about plot holes, let’s define our terms.
In fiction, a plot hole, plothole or plot error is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot. Such inconsistencies include things as illogical, unlikely or impossible events, and statements or events that contradict earlier events in the storyline.
And that’s what reddit asked about recently…
If you look hard enough, just about any story can be said to have them.
But some stick out more than others.
Let’s see which ones floated to the surface in the minds of the people of Reddit.
1. Minority Report (2002)
Not exactly a plot hole, more like a gap in logic, but in “Minority Report” when Tom Cruise’s character gets flagged for committing a future murder, PreCrime doesn’t disable his permissions or security clearance.
Like this organization is LITERALLY ahead of its time but they don’t think to revoke his clearance???
2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
In the original Disney Beauty and the Beast, in the preamble for the story, the enchantress puts the spell on the youngster, gives him til his 21st birthday to have love reverse the curse.
That made him 11 when he was transformed into the beast (per Lumiere in Be Our Guest saying they’ve been rusting for 10 years).
However, when Belle goes into the forbidden area, she sees a destroyed picture of the prince as a human – at his present-day age.
It’s impossible to have a portrait of himself as a human that is any older than 11.
3. Waterworld (1995)
In Waterworld, paper is the most precious commodity in existence, yet there is inexplicably copious cigarette smoking.
4. Cinderella (1950)
Cinderella has always bothered me.
We’re supposed to believe the prince falls in love and remembers NOTHING about this woman?
No one remembers her face? Hair color? Nothing???
5. Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Picard could have left the Nexus and gone to any place at any time and he chose to go with an unarmed elderly man to fistfight a guy on a mountain minutes before a doom rocket launches.
I can think of about 500,000 better strategies.
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6. Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
How the f*ck did Palpatine get the crew for the 1,000 star destroyers?
Did he have the Sith Eternal f*ck themselves enough times to have like, an extra 6 million people to pilot them?
How did he even get the raw material for that sh*t anyway?
7. Signs (2002)
In signs the aliens are shown to be allergic to water and that it burns them badly.
Doesn’t seem to stop them running round a central US, dew covered cornfield in the middle of the night for the first half of the film though.
8. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Why didn’t Dr. Strange just use one of his dimensional portals to chop on Thanos’ hand or head in Infinity War?
Yes, I know the director said something about Thanos being too tough; but I think it’s just an excuse.
9. A Quiet Place (2018)
Basically everything in A Quiet Place.
Why not live by the waterfall?
Why not use place sound makers so the alien bugs have to run far away?
Why leave a nail in the stairs board?
Why not toss a rock to make a sound instead of screaming to save your kids?
Also how did no one think of high frequency sound?
Also you are telling the military and all the worlds governments couldn’t figure it out?
Still a great movie tho
10. Frozen (2013)
So in Frozen, Hans leaves Anna to die and tells everyone that he’s married her, ergo he’s the new king and can sentence Elsa to death for treason, right?
There are so many things wrong with that plan.
First off, you can’t just marry someone with no witnesses. Given that this is Scandinavian royalty back several hundred years ago, it’s not even the wedding that’s supposed to be witnessed. It’s the actual consummation of the marriage. So unless a group of people watched Hans and Anna bang each other, they’re not legally married. (I don’t know what year Frozen takes place in, so the consummation part might not be 100% accurate. I just know that, for an eerily long period of time, watching royals bang on their wedding night was an important part of the ceremony.)
Second, as a YouTube channel pointed out, Elsa is the Queen of Arendelle. Treason means betraying the head of state. Since she literally is the head of state, she can’t betray herself and therefore can’t be charged with treason.
Finally, the husband of a queen is always a prince. Hans would have never been a king anyway. Granted, marrying a queen would have been a big status upgrade from whatever he was doing beforehand, but he’d still be a prince.
11. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
You mean to tell me in the 5-10 minutes that every closet door in the factory/world is energized by Boo’s laugh that no humans go into their closets to discover the monster world or step in without thinking and fall to their death?
12. Ocean’s Eight (2018)
In ocean’s 8 when Sarah Paulson pulls out the necklace from the water it is assumed that it might’ve dropped when Anne Hathaway was running towards the bathroom.
They literally showed that the necklace CANNOT be opened without that magnet thingy and not even her bodyguards questioned that (who were dumb af tho).
13. The Matrix (1999)
Matrix — keeping humans alive as a source of energy.
Do they take us for thermodynamics idiots?
14. Alien³ (1992)
The beginning of “Alien 3”.
I mean, where the Hell did that egg even come from? The queen was never in that part of the ship in “Aliens”.
It’s a special kind of bad when a movie kills off all the main characters and sets an amazing (at that point) franchise in a bad direction with a plot hole large enough to fly a 747 through.
15. Super Bowl XLIX (2015)
Why didn’t the Seahawks run the ball?
Honestly the Disney Star Wars trilogy is nothing but a grand series of plot holes, but that’s a subject for another time.
What would you add to this list?
Tell us in the comments.