One of the downsides of learning a lot about writing and story structure, whether through formal education in the subject, self-research, or just ingesting and paying attention to a crap ton of stories, is that you start to see the holes everywhere.
Truth be told, it’s hard to tell an entertaining story without weaving in nonsense some step of the way. But some of these bits stand out more than others…
Here are some movies that, according to the film scholars at Reddit, unforgettably messed up.
1. Limitless (2011)
You’re telling me, that essentially the smartest person in the world. That took a 50k loan from some mafia, and then turned that into millions, in like a few days through some crazy investing scheme. Was unable to have the foresight, to pay back the loan shark on time.
It was explained in the movie, “He was just too focused on making money, and he forgot.”
Yeah, okay. The dude remembering a random book he glanced at 20 years ago, simply forgot to pay a loan he took out a few weeks ago.
2. Bigfoot Family (2020)
Just watched the Bigfoot cartoon movie on Netflix.
The kid says he inherited the ability to run very fast and talk to animals due to being Bigfoot’s son.
However, Bigfoot was originally a human scientist that was changed into Bigfoot after a science experiment went wrong.
His kid was already born when this happened… so no way did he inherit powers.
Bothered me more than it should for a kids movie.
3. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future II is one of my all time favorite movies but the entire plot doesn’t make sense.
Why would they need to go into the future to prevent Marty Jr. from doing the horrible thing he does?
When they go back to their present it’s going to undo it anyway.
Why wouldn’t they just wait and then try to prevent him from doing it when the time comes?
4. The Polar Express (2004)
In Polar Express, the kid who almost misses the train never gets gifts from “Santa” for Christmas presumably because his parents can’t afford presents, meaning either
A. Santa isn’t real or
B. Santa hates poor people?
But at the end of the movie the main kid gets the bell from Santa directly so canonically Santa said f*ck that kid in particular I guess.
This has haunted me for decades.
5. Batman Begins (2005)
Ras Al Ghul standing next to a microwave emitter, explaining it turns the water in pipes 100 feet away into steam, but apparently isn’t strong enough to turn the water in his body into steam when he’s standing 10 inches away.
6. The Purge (2013)
The purge always annoys me because you can literally just leave the country or do fraud to get richer, but instead people just turn into serial killers!
7. Ant Man (2015)
In Ant Man, they claim that mass stays the same, and only the distance between atoms changes, yet he is quite obviously much lighter when smaller
And he wouldn’t be able to throw punches when that small, he wouldn’t have enough leverage to do so, his muscles would be to small, and even if he could exert enough force to throw them back like with a normal punch, his tiny little hands would just punch through their flesh like stabbing someone with a pencil
8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
At the beginning of the third Harry Potter movie it shows him practicing “lumos”.
Is he or is he not doing magic outside of school which is expressly banned?!? And mentioned time and time again?
(I never got around to reading the books)
9. Saw (2004)
At the end of Saw, Cary Elwes’ character tries desperately to grab the ringing mobile phone which is only centimetres out of reach.
When he realises he can’t, he takes of his shirt to use as a tourniquet to cut off his foot, instead of using his shirt to reach the godd*m phone.
10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
It’s always kind of bothered me that Mr Blonde, a very loyal soldier to Joe and Nice Guy Eddie. Who actually did significant jail time for them and didn’t rat just completely loses his sh*t during the diamond heist and the aftermath.
11. Suicide Squad (2016)
In the Suicide Squad movies, the whole premise is that they need to have leverage over a team of super-folk to counter Superman (or a villain with similar powers) should he ever go bad.
So they put together a team of people who would be 100% helpless against Superman.
A guy who is really good with guns, which can’t harm Supes. A guy who can do fire stuff, which also can’t do anything. Throw in a guy who can get lizard skin and a guy who is good at throwing things. Oh, and a girl in booty shorts whose power is… being unstable? I’m not even sure.
And to top it all off, the team’s ultimate mission is to deliver an explosive… It’s almost like the US has the most well equipped and trained military in the world and their primary function is precision delivery of explosives.
12. Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls: How and why did Janis never receive any of the blame for what went down at North Shore? Cady wound up with all the heat, and while Cady does resolve to stop talking about people behind their backs… the whole d*mn “infiltrate and destroy the Plastics” thing was Janis’s idea! She confesses to it at the godd*mn workshop they hold in the gymnasium (showing no remorse), and everyone cheers for her, but Cady gets shunned? Because she was friends with the girls who wrote the Burn Book?
It just seems so backwards.
Plus, Karen was one of the nicest girls in the movie, and Damien and Janis rip on her for being so dumb. But it’s okay when they do it?
Just seems like they get away with sh*t they condemn others for, because they’re the outcasts in school.
13. The Nightmare Before Christmas (
In The Nightmare Before Christmas, in the song “What’s This”, Jack says “there’s white things in the air” meaning he doesn’t know what snow is, but then like five lines later, he says “there’s children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads” meaning he DOES know what snow is
14. Super 8 (2011)
A beat up old pickup truck across the train tracks derails the train going full speed in a straight line with like 10 fully loaded train cars.
The truck barely even moves.
15. By all accounts it doesn’t make sense…
How did Yzma and Kronk get back to the palace first?
At least the Emperor’s New Groove had the decency to lampshade it.
What other plot holes stick out to you?
Tell us in the comments.