There’s a thing called “suspension of disbelief” that’s integral to consuming fiction. It means that you know something is improbable, but because it works in the confines of the story, you’re okay with it. So long as everything lines up in the universe of the film, we’re good to go.
But sometimes, things don’t line up. This is known as a plot inconsistency or, more casually, a gaping plot hole. Sometimes these are done unintentionally, as in, someone forgot the details of the world they were creating and made a misstep without even noticing it. Sometimes it’s done with full knowledge that it makes no sense, but the hope is that the audience will be too bamboozled by the special effects/attractive stars/diehard fandom to notice or care.
No, this is totally everyone’s favorite guy at the party. Honest.
Here are some of the best movie plot holes that blow your favorite (or maybe not-so-favorite) movies to smithereens. Have fun destroying peoples’ childhood memories at your next social gathering!
1.) Plot twist: both parties silently seethe at each other for careless spending. It ends in divorce. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
2.) It’s his Space Ranger training, you guys. You’d freeze if a giant walked in, too.
3.) But it looked so cool the judges were like, “Well, just this once…”
4.) Cops in movies are notoriously skeptical of any and all crimes reported. Wait, that actually happens.
5.) Someone get that weatherman a Pulitzer like NOW.
6.) We won’t even get into the part where Bruce Willis lights a fire in the vacuum of space. Bruce Willis > science.
7.) Truly thoughtful.
8.) Yeah, but his aliens sounded so silly.
9.) Well, they didn’t say that he came back immediately after the fight. He wanted to stick around and go on a vodka-tasting tour. Besides, everyone knows that time moves differently under communism.
10.) NYC evidently saw an influx of transplants between the Stay Puft Incident and the sequel.
11.) Let’s just gloss over the fact that no one noticed that this Maria was actually a white chick.
12.) Don’t worry. This is insignificant compared to the light-swallowing plot holes that are Episodes I, II and III.
13.) They were pen pals?
14.) If you needed another reason to quit smoking…
Okay, so maybe these movies aren’t completely ruined, but I’ll never see them the same way again.