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    60 Plot Holes That People Hate In Movies They Otherwise Enjoy

    "Nice plot you've got there. Would be a shame if someone...found a hole in it." —These moviegoers, probably

    Have you ever been watching a movie, when suddenly a plot hole the size of Texas just takes you out of it?

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    Whether big or small, a plot hole can nag at your brain long after a movie is over and make you question the whole thing.

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    Here are the biggest, most egregious plot holes in movie history, as compiled from the good people of Reddit and members of the BuzzFeed Community:

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    1. Men in Black (1997)

    Columbia Pictures

    "Earth was literally going to be blown up in an hour, but only two agents (one of whom was a newbie) were sent to save the world. Why not send everyone in the MIB organization? If there's only one hour left until Earth is destroyed, that's the only one that matters."

    —David Estrada, Facebook

    2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Every single member of the Gotham police force was sent underground and got trapped, but then they magically emerged MONTHS later, all clean-shaven and well-dressed. After months of being trapped underground, I'd probably look a bit disheveled and emaciated, not like I just left a luxurious spa."

    jacobj10

    3. Halloween (1978)

    Dimension Films

    "Michael Myers knew how to drive a car, even though he was trapped in a mental hospital since the age of 10."

    aasiyahhhh

    4. Aliens (1986)

    20th Century Fox

    "Ripley opened the airlock door and was somehow able to resist the force and pressure of outer space, all while holding onto a ladder with one hand."

    allisonstull

    5. Shrek (2004)

    DreamWorks Animation

    "I'm sorry, but...how does a donkey have sex with a dragon AND impregnate her? It's just not feasible."

    holyhalloweenbattman

    6. Madagascar (2005)

    DreamWorks Pictures

    "They give Alex the lion hell for eating other animals but, in the end, they give him sashimi as a substitute. In a world of talking animals, fish aren't considered animals too?"

    Otto_Lili_Emmenthal

    7. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "Peter takes a small sample of the symbiote to one of his college professors so he can get a better idea of what it is. The professor looks at it under a microscope and says, 'It's definitely alien. I wouldn't let any of this stuff touch you.' That's...that's it? Proof of alien life is right in front of you, presented by one of your students, and your only takeaway is 'Don't touch it'? That's fucking insane!"

    covertpetersen

    8. Black Panther (2018)

    Marvel Studios

    "When T'Challa falls into the river, he is later pulled out by a fisherman from the northern tribe. Later in the movie, M'Baku, the leader of that tribe, says that they are all 'vegetarians.' As a tribe, it's established that they are completely isolated, and don't trade or even interact with the other tribes. So...why do they have a fisherman?"

    IchigoMainSSF2

    9. The Mummy (1999)

    Universal Studios

    "Imhotep steals body parts from the American looters to put himself back together, but he gets his new eyes from a man wearing glasses...so for the rest of the movie, Imhotep should really be squinting at everyone."

    _Corinthian_

    10. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

    Paramount / © Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Lara Croft was the only one who could find the pieces, and they could only be used once every 5,000 years. She didn't want to use them herself — she only wanted to keep them away from the bad guys. So Lara Croft's best move would've actually been to do absolutely nothing."

    u/digicow

    11. The Dark Knight (2008)

    Warner Bros.

    "In the opening scene, one of the Joker's guys smashed a school bus through a bank's wall, then the Joker 'escaped' by driving it out and hiding among other school buses. His bus was visibly trailing debris in the shot of his escape, but no one noticed? The bus was just perfectly clean by the time the police arrived? His bus took no damage from the impact of that wall?"

    u/Dragonalex

    12. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Lucasfilm Ltd. / © Lucasfilm Ltd. / Courtesy Everett / Everett Collection

    "Obi-Wan's plan for hiding Luke from his father was to move him to his father's home planet and keep using his father's surname?"

    u/the-soaring-moa


    13. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Lucasfilm Ltd. / courtesy Everett Collection

    "C-3PO, human/cyborg relations, is fluent in over 8 million forms of communication and, in fact, we find out in the prequels that he was built ON Tatooine — yet doesn't speak Jawa?!" 

    ghostfrog (1977)



    14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Lucasfilm Ltd. / courtesy Everett Collection

    "How did Darth Vader not recognize C-3P0 in The Empire Strikes Back even though Anakin built him in The Phantom Menace?" 

    Bad_Replacer63


    15. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

    Lucasfilm / courtesy Everett Collection

    Suggested by: poloxenderkxx

    The whole 'Palpatine is back' thing was inexplicably a major plot point and made absolutely no damn sense.


    16. TBH, Star Wars in general:

    Lucasfilm / courtesy Everett Collection

    "In the Star Wars series, the lack of air and differences in gravitational pull should have effected everyone on each new planet, especially since they're different sizes and don't have the same atmospheric pressures."

    alyssah4e3a4823b


    17. The Matrix (1999)

    Warner Bros. / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

    "It's safe to assume that the same technology could have worked using any other mammals — so why did the machines pick humans instead of, say, cows? It would have been far more convenient to construct and run a Matrix that's just a huge grass plain with a couple of shepherd dogs as agents. And they probably would never have had a 'Chosen Cow' come forward and mess with their plans."

    u/Advanced_Criticism52

    18. Independence Day (1996)

    20th Century Fox

    "When the army is briefing volunteers for the assault on the alien mothership, everyone looks at Randy Quaid's character like he’s out of his mind for saying he was abducted by aliens...as the world is currently being invaded by aliens?"

    u/distantapplause

    19. Back to the Future (1985)

    MCA / © MCA / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Doc paints a line on the road so Marty will hit the wire and get the lightning bolt into the flux capacitor at exactly the right time. The movie even says Doc has adjusted for wind resistance, etc. BUT when Marty goes to drive the car, it won’t start. The alarm clock goes off and the engine is stalled. So technically, Marty leaves late — yet he still somehow hits the wire on time? Was Doc’s math wrong and no one said a word? If the car had not stalled, Marty would have been too early, missed the lightning bolt, crashed into the movie theater, and never gotten home."

    u/OneHappyPenguin

    20. Also in Back to the Future:

    Universal Pictures

    "Why didn't Lorraine or George ever bring up a childhood friend who looked exactly like Marty?"

    TheJTLovecraft

    21. Hercules (1997)

    Buena Vista Pictures / © Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Hades would have been able to check to see if Hercules had actually died very easily — heck, he probably would've been eagerly waiting to watch his soul end up in the Underworld! Pain and Panic would NOT have gotten away with that lie for as long as they did."

    u/TheRealPyroGothNerd

    22. Saw (2004)

    Lions Gate / © Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Why didn't he just use the saw to try to get the phone that was just barely out of reach instead of cutting off his foot?"

    u/Constance-Morton

    23. Cinderella (1950)

    Walt Disney Studios

    "Why didn't Cinderella's missing glass slipper change back after midnight Also, like, if it fit 'perfectly,' how did it fall off in the first place?"

    blahbabyz


    24. Also in Cinderella:

    Disney

    "Her fate revolved around the premise that no one else in the entire village had the same shoe size as her."

    amoursam


    25. Signs (2002)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "The aliens came to earth — a planet comprised of 71% water on which it RAINS — but their only weakness was... literally water."

    sarahwainshel

    26. Toy Story 2 (1999)

    Pixar

    "Toward the end of the film, Bullseye effortlessly kept up with a plane that was moments from takeoff. That would mean a toy horse was capable of running at about 150 mph with two riders."

    u/Killboypowerhed

    27. Gravity (2013)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "George Clooney's character was hanging on to a tether and insisted that Sandra Bullock's character cut him loose to save herself. This is complete nonsense, as there is no physical force pulling him away. With a slight tug on the tether toward her, he would've floated over to her. It's a monumental plot hole."

    u/rob5i

    28. The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Warner Bros. / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Maybe not the worst plot hole in the series, but it's always bothered me: Rats are NOT on the list of animals permitted to be brought to Hogwarts."

    u/ninjaskooldropout

    29. Pretty much every Christmas movie ever made, including The Santa Clause (1994)

    Buena Vista Pictures / © Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Every Christmas movie that centers on Santa being real, but the adults still don't believe in him. Who do they think is leaving the presents? Because if it’s the parents leaving the presents, then Santa is real but isn’t doing his job — and if it is Santa, then where on earth do the parents think these presents are coming from?"

    u/MBS_RL

    30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

    Harry, Hermione, and Ron on the run in London
    Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "They could't travel via wizarding means for fear of tracking, but why couldn't Harry & Co. travel via muggle transportation?"

    Outrageous_Ent

    31. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

    Warner Bros.

    "Nobody believed Harry when he said that Voldemort was back, but they could have just used the Pensieve or a truth serum to prove it."

    pianick

    32. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

    Warner Bros.

    "The way the Marauders' Map works...wouldn't Fred and George have SEEN Peter Pettigrew sleeping in bed with Ron every night on the map?"

    anelson941

    33. The Incredibles (2004)

    Pixar

    Suggested by: IntroGeist

    "What happened to all the supervillains after all the superheroes were outlawed?"

    34. Ant-Man (2015)

    Marvel / Walt Disney

    "Dr. Pym said that even though Scott will shrink, he'll remain the same weight, but Dr. Pym also has been keeping a shrunken tank on his keychain."

    plaba281

    35. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

    Marvel

    Suggested by: jasonfunderberker

    "No one noticed Hank's giant lab that would mysteriously appear and then disappear at random parts of the city, even though he was trying to be discreet while hiding from the FBI."

    36. Toy Story (1995)

    Pixar

    "If Buzz believed he was real, why did he freeze whenever humans appeared?"

    TehBlackNinja

    37. Liar Liar (1997)

    Universal Pictures

    "Jennifer Tilly's character gets her way in the divorce despite cheating because she lied about her age, therefore making the prenup null and void. However, legally speaking, this would also nullify their entire marriage — entitling her to nothing."

    megsam213

    38. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    Marvel Studios

    "If Doctor Strange could do that portal thing for that epic entrance in Endgame...what was up with him and Tony Stark worrying about not being able to return to Earth while in orbit toward the planet where they fought Thanos?"

    JPJP_

    39. Tangled (2010)

    Walt Disney Studios

    "Mother Gothel told Rapunzel her real birthdate, so the 'Festival of Lights' always happened on her birthday, which led to her curiosity and her leaving. Why didn't she just tell her a different day?!"

    bcnewell88

    40. Captain America: The First Avenger (2009)

    Marvel Studios

    "If the shield is made of vibranium and it absorbs all vibrations, then how does he bounce it off of things?"

    Education-Scared

    41. Face/Off (1997)

    Paramount Pictures

    "The reason Eve discovers that her 'husband,' Sean, is actually Castor Troy is because his blood type is different that Sean's. But, if that was the case, then the face transplants would have been rejected in the first place!"

    Gurpgorrk

    42. Snowpiercer (2013)

    The Weinstein Company

    "That train track would have been absolutely fucked with no maintenance in that cold weather. The rail companies in England can't even manage to run a full service when there's a wet leaf somewhere on the track..."

    bermobaron

    43. Ocean's 11 (2001)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "During the blackout scene, there is mad chaos in the casino. People stealing chips and just overall mass hysteria. Then, the team goes to steal the money during the blackout. Afterward, the lights are back on and, as they walk out of the casino, people in the background act like nothing has happened. No hysteria, just a normal casino with people gambling in a fun and jovial manner..."

    evocer

    44. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Warner Bros.

    "Bruce Wayne becoming 'completely broke' because his share trading was allowed to stand DESPITE THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE."

    watermasta

    45. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    New Line Cinema

    "How do Uruk-Hai know what a 'menu' is?! Has Uruk-Hai civilization advanced enough to have a restaurant/food service industry? Are there restaurants in Isengard? Why would Saruman develop a restaurant/food service industry in Isengard when it seems like he was on a total war footing at all times, and likely wouldn't want to waste logistics and resources on developing restaurants where his dark forces could dine?"

    meiyoumayo

    46. Mamma Mia (2008)

    Universal Pictures

    "Donna basically said that her mother was dead, but a huge chunk of the sequel was about her very-much-alive mother, played by Cher."

    hggirlonfire

    47. A Quiet Place (2018)

    Paramount Pictures

    "The monsters killed anything that made noise, yet Evelyn and Lee decided to have a baby, something that would literally only make noise."

    pugglyboo

    48. Also in A Quiet Place:

    Paramount Pictures

    "Instead of making shelter near the waterfall, i.e. the only place where the monsters couldn't hear them, they lived on a noisy farm."

    pugglyboo

    49. Hocus Pocus (1983)

    Walt Disney Studios

    Suggested by Megan Ann, Facebook

    Max, Dani, and Allison could have just surrounded themselves and the book in a circle of salt to prevent the Sanderson Sisters from getting them.

    50. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

    Disney

    "Mike said that he and Sully were friends in elementary school, but in the prequel they didn't actually meet until college."

    lavienrosa


    51. The Karate Kid (1984)

    Columbia Pictures

    Suggested by: carlae476ad3a23

    It was made clear that hitting an opponent in the head would lead to disqualification, yet that's exactly how Daniel won his fight.

    52. High School Musical (2006)

    Disney Channel

    Suggested by: jj121517

    Gabriella froze before singing "Breaking Free," but in the song she wasn't even supposed to sing the first line.

    53. The Little Mermaid (1989)

    Disney

    "Ariel signed her name on the contract with Ursula, so she could have just written her name in the sand to tell Eric what was going on."

    sinclaire1022


    54. 17 Again (2009)

    New Line Cinema

    Suggested by: oliviab4a17c385c

    The kids had no idea what their dad looked like when he was younger (and Maggie almost made out with him), despite there probably being several pictures of him scattered throughout the house.

    55. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Paramount Pictures

    Suggested by: northstarcakes47

    Indiana Jones was actually irrelevant to the whole plot because the Nazis still would have found the ark no matter what.

    56. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Marvel

    "Captain America traveled back in time to return the Infinity Stones, which would have changed the current timeline, yet he somehow managed to reappear in the present to give Falcon his shield. Captain America reappearing in the same timeline he left goes against all of the time travel rules Bruce Banner originally laid out. Also, how the heck did Captain America return the Stones that were on different galaxies?!"

    noradominick

    57. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

    Marvel

    Suggested by: mister_barfly75 and finemor

    EDITH was so advanced and even had facial recognition technology, but for some reason she couldn't identify Beck as an ex-Stark employee or that everything in the bar was an illusion.

    58. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Columbia Pictures

    "Andy escaped through a carved-out tunnel that was covered by a poster, but who covered the tunnel with that poster after Andy escaped?The poster was giant, so it would have been impossible for him to do it from inside the tunnel."

    kaylayandoli

    59. Home Alone (1990)

    20h Century Fox

    Suggested by: Teddy4Prez

    Kevin's mom wasn't able to call him from Paris because the phone lines were down, yet Kevin was somehow able to call and order himself a pizza.

    60. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

    Disney

    Suggested by: elizabethh429

    The Beast was actually a prince, which meant he would have been highly educated, so why did Belle have to teach him how to read?

    Alrighty, you've read their picks, but now it's your turn! What's a plot hole that's always annoyed you in a movie you otherwise enjoy? Share yours in the comments below!

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: AskReddit.

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