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19 Tiny Plot Holes That Distracted People From Enjoying The Rest Of The Movie

"There's a hole in your plot, dear Liza, dear Liza..." —These people, probably.

No matter how minuscule, there is nothing more maddening than an obvious plot hole in a movie you were otherwise enjoying.

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And this week, when Reddit user minecraftplayer48 asked, "What simple plot hole ruined a whole movie for you?" people had some seriously irritating responses.

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So, here are just a few of the tiniest plot holes that managed to take people completely out of their viewing experiences:

1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Walt Disney Studios

"When Belle is singing at the beginning to the sheep, we are given a clear view of the book she just took out of the library. We see an entire page that is covered in an illustration. Later, Gaston asks Belle, 'How can you read this? There's no pictures!' Yes, there are!"


2. The Purge (2013)

Universal Pictures

"You can just...leave the country beforehand. Also, why does no one ever try to do fraud during those hours? What a waste of potential."


3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Walt Disney Studios

"They explain that if you give away the magic compass, it releases your worst fear. Jack's worst fear is Salazar and his crew, so they are freed from the Devil's Triangle when Jack trades the compass for rum. The thing is...Jack willingly gave away the compass multiple times in the previous movies, and Salazar was not freed? To be fair, the exact words were 'If you betray the compass' and, since Jack plans out everything, maybe in the previous movies he knew he would get the compass back?"


4. A Quiet Place (2018)

Paramount Pictures

"I can't believe that these aliens would be able to hear you whisper, but can't hear your bare feet pad across the ground. Your general breathing. Your stomach never making involuntarily noises, your elbows, knees, fingers, etc. popping on their own. It just seemed completely illogical to me that they can hear you whisper, but they either can't hear your stomach growl at all, or you've somehow managed to stop your body from making any noises, ever."


5. The Ring (2002)

DreamWorks Pictures

"In the American version, the key plot point for the ghoul is that she's at the bottom of a well and the last thing she sees is a ring of light as they slide the covering over the top. The well top is thick brick. The round wooden cover is larger then the hole — obviously, or it would fall down and be a terrible well lid. They clearly slide the lid over the well. Basically, they should have called this The Crescent, because that's what she actually would've seen. I couldn't get over it the whole movie."


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

LucasFilm Ltd.

"The line: 'Somehow, Palpatine has returned' about sums it all up."


7. The Martian (2015)

20th Century Fox

"Dust storms of destructive magnitudes physically cannot happen on Mars, but Matt Damon can still play one hell of a botanist."


8. 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?"


9. Toy Story (1995)


"I could never understand why Buzz Lightyear froze around the humans if he doesn’t know and/or believe he’s a toy?"


10. 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."


11. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

20th Century Fox

"Really? No one was guarding the wife who had just been rescued from the infected zone? They were wary of her enough to strap her down, but not enough to order a guard to watch her even though they did so for the two kids? Right."


12. Back to the Future (1985)

Universal Pictures

"How did Marty’s dad not recognize that his son grew up to be the person that helped him get the girl he wanted? Like, he didn't even think he looked remotely familiar later in life."


13. 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?"


14. Armageddon (1998)

Buena Vista Pictures

"I like to imagine there was a conversation behind the scenes like this:

Ben Affleck: 'Wouldn't it be easier to train astronauts to be drillers than it would be to train oil drillers to be astronauts?'

Michael Bay: 'Shut the fuck up.'"


15. Detective Pikachu (2019)

Warner Bros.

"When I saw this in theaters, the whole movie was ruined for me when his dad turned out to be Ryan Reynolds. You’re telling me this kid didn't AUTOMATICALLY recognize his dad’s voice the minute Pikachu started talking? Are you kidding me? I’m even willing to suspend my belief and say MAYBE he didn’t think about it immediately because of the shock of a talking Pikachu...but he doesn’t figure it out until the end of the movie."


16. Independence Day (1996)

20th Century Fox

"Oh, this human-made computer virus magically works on their alien technology, too, because that's how computers work."


17. Tangled (2010)

Walt Disney Studios

"How — or more importantly, why — does Rapunzel know when her birthday is? Why would Mother Gothel tell her the true day?"


18. Signs (2002)

Buena Vista Pictures

"Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix find out that water is toxic to the aliens...yet the aliens have been fine walking around with all the natural humidity in the air on a planet made up of MOSTLY water."


19. And finally, Jurassic Park (1993)

Universal Pictures

"The buildup to the introduction of the T-Rex in this is great. They literally made her seismic. You didn't know where she was coming from, but you definitely knew she was coming...then at the end, she sneaks up on everyone inside of a building."


Now it's your turn! What's one small plot hole that always drives you up a wall? Can you top these? Share yours in the comments below!


Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.

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