The movies. They thrill us. Entertain us. And on occasion, annoy us with their obvious-to-see mistakes.
Check out 30 of the biggest plot holes tearing up your favorite movies. You’ll never be able to look at these iconic scenes the same way again.
Back to the Future
Where they’re going, they don’t need roads… or their script to make perfect sense.
Back to the Future has a convoluted time-travel plot which involves Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) lying to his parents in the past about his identity being “Calvin Klein” to make sure they stay together.
So years later, when the McFlys have Marty, why don’t they freak out when their son looks and behaves exactly like “Calvin Klein”? Also, given that Marty lied about being Calvin Klein because of his underwear brand, wouldn’t his mom freak out when Calvin Klein clothing is introduced?
Despite letting go, they’re never letting go. The love story of Jack and Rose, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is doomed from the start of Titanic. We know this, based on the movie’s title alone. But it doesn’t stop us from becoming emotionally invested.
We do have one question. Why didn’t Rose just, like, move a couple inches to her left? If you look at that raft, and you look at how tiny 1997-Leo is, it is obvious that there’s enough room for him to fit and for them to live their dang lives!
The Karate Kid
Using the crane kick trained and perfected by Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), Daniel (Ralph Macchio) knocks out Johnny (William Zabka) and wins the tournament! Movie over, everyone cheers!
Except — was this move legal? Should Daniel have been disqualified? Was he the secret villain of The Karate Kid the entire time?
Earlier in the film, it’s said that “hits to the face” are not permitted, not specifying whether that includes kicks. Macchio himself called the crane kick a clear violation, and the later YouTube series Cobra Kai features its alleged legitimacy as a prominent plot point.
What do you think?
Pixar’s first feature film is a playful classic. Toy Story begins with a simple quirk — Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) doesn’t think he’s a toy. Woody (Tom Hanks) knows he is, and is getting jealous of Andy’s (John Morris) love of Buzz.
Will they ever work things out?
Three movies later, that answer is clear.
Here’s something less clear: If Buzz doesn’t think he’s a toy, why does he freeze when humans walk in, like the other toys? Wouldn’t he stay alive and tell the new life form about his predicament, like he did with the other toys?
Widely considered one of the best movies ever made, Orson Welles’ sprawling Citizen Kane begins with an enigma: Rosebud. The last word uttered by Charles Foster Kane, a wealthy and controversial newspaper publisher, right before he dies.
What does this word mean? That question powers the entire movie.
But here’s the thing: Nobody heard him say Rosebud. It’s made clear that he’s alone when he dies. So how does anyone know?
If this moment were to be taken at face value, then literally the entire movie shouldn’t be able to happen. Hmm. Maybe some plot holes are fine.
At the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy, Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) has been slowly putting fear toxin into the water supply. Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) goes even further, setting off an explosive microwave emitter that releases the drug at the source of Gotham’s supply.
For one — if Scarecrow’s been doing it for awhile, why hasn’t everyone gone crazy already from his plan?
For two — after al Ghul sets off his bonkers bomb, we see water explode. The human body is made out of 72% water. Shouldn’t humans be exploding, too?
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
In the first Terminator, it’s explained that you can only send living tissue back through time, which explains why the first John Connor-killing robot is introduced to us sans clothing. The second one, Judgment Day, calls back to that moment by having T-1000 (Robert Patrick) be nude, too.
T-1000 is made entirely of liquid metal. So he shouldn’t have been able to go back in time at all. There’s no living tissue involved with metal, clothing or not! Unless Skynet made some off-camera modifications to their time travel mechanics, we say “hasta la vista” to this movie’s logic.
To defeat the Independence Day aliens that have wreaked havoc on all of our global landmarks, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) sends a virus to their mothership via scrappy hacking on a busted Macintosh computer. Hurray, the world is saved!
Or is it?
We don’t know about you, but we have no idea how to keep any of our tech stuff updated. So how on earth was David’s primitive technology compatible to the aliens’ crazy futuristic stuff? Randy Quaid might be kinda bonkers, but at least his plan made physical sense.
There’s a lot of rules to remember in The Matrix. Here’s an important one: Everyone who jacks into the Matrix needs someone to plug them in, make sure they’re okay, and let them back into the real world.
Got it? Good. Now forget about it.
Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) visits the evil Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in the Matrix to betray his crew. And he does all of this alone! Even though we just saw that you can’t do that alone! How? Some viewers insist he created his own code to get around this rule.
With a very particular set of skills, ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) promises to get back at the people who kidnapped his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace). And he rampages across eastern Europe to do so.
There’s just one person that could’ve used his help.
His daughter’s friend, Amanda (Katie Cassidy).
Kim took this trip with her. And nobody cares about her. In fact, Bryan happens to wander in on her dead during his investigation — and she is never mentioned the rest of the film. Can someone comfort her non-action hero parents?
Near the end of Quentin Tarantino’s debut film Reservoir Dogs, four people have guns on each other. And nearly simultaneously, all of them go off. Everyone falls to the ground. A dark, absurd ending to a dark, absurd film.
Except… nobody shot Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn).
If you look at the scene, nobody has a gun on him, and everyone fires at someone else. Eddie’s death came from… nothing.
In fact, Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) was supposed to shoot him, but Penn’s blood pack exploded before he could — and Tarantino left the mistake in.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
In one of Ocean’s Eleven’s delicious final reveals, the Bellagio vault’s money is found to have been switched out with nothing but adult ads. The perfect way for Danny Ocean (George Clooney) to turn the final screw on Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). So how’d the titular eleven pull that off?
Um… well… no one knows. Not even the film’s director, Steven Soderbergh.
On his commentary track for the film, he admits it would’ve been impossible for the crew to do that. Looks like what happens in Vegas doesn’t need to be explained in Vegas.
Gremlins has three rules for dealing with the title creatures: Don’t put them in sunlight. Don’t put them in water. And don’t feed them after midnight. If you do any of these, you’ll risk turning the cuties into destructive, bloodthirsty creatures.
Simple enough, right? Let’s look closer…
“Don’t feed them after midnight.” Technically speaking, it’s… always after midnight. And, simultaneously, before midnight. 12:01am is both one minute after midnight and 23 hours and 59 minutes before the next midnight. Is midnight the only time you’re allowed to feed them?
Our brain hurts!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In the third, more mature Harry Potter adventure, the magical gang uses a time-traveling device called a Time Turner to go back and save Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) and Harry himself (Daniel Radcliffe) from the clutches of evil Dementors. How cool!
And, potentially, how franchise-killing!
Why not use the Time Turner for every single adventure they’ve ever been on? Matter fact, why not go back and stop Harry’s parents from being killed by Voldemort in the first place? Fans of HP’s deep lore have justified it, but the movies make no attempt.
1966 cult classic Fantastic Voyage is predicated on an irresistible, ticking-clock premise. To stop a disease, a crew must shrink themselves and their submarine down to travel inside a person’s body. They only have one hour, or they’ll grow back to normal inside the guy!
In the final moments, the crew has to leave their submarine to escape. So: why doesn’t the submarine, which they left behind inside a human body, expand? Like the rules of the film clearly stated it should? It could’ve been a prequel to the famous Alien chestburster scene.
Director Michael Bay ain’t exactly known for his airtight screenplays. He continued his trend of dumb, explodey fun with Armageddon, a big-budget actioner where NASA trains a bunch of salt-of-the-earth oil drillers to fly to a meteor that’s gonna end the world and… drill into it.
Ben Affleck, one of the film’s many stars, asked Bay if it would be easier to train astronauts how to drill than to train drillers how to astronaut.
Bay, taking his actor’s concerns for the film’s logic and plausibility in, responded professionally: “Shut the f*** up.”
In Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise’s twisty sci-fi thriller Minority Report, “precogs” are psychics that hang out in a big bathtub (seriously) and tell the police about future crimes. In other words, they see murders happening, allowing policemen like Cruise to stop them before they happen.
Understand? Kind of?
Humor us here: If what the precogs see are the real “future,” and the outcome is getting arrested before the crimes are committed, then precogs wouldn’t see the actual crime, because it never happened. They would just see the arrest. Right?
Or do we need to take a giant bath?
The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger’s terrifying Joker crashes a lavish fundraising party for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). When he can’t find the attorney, he decides to chuck Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) out a window instead. Batman (Christian Bale) falls after her, rescues her from death, and onto the next scene we go!
But, wait, pause for a sec.
When Batman and Rachel fly out of that window, the Joker… was just at the party. With a bunch of innocent people. What happened? Did the Joker just… leave? Let all these people go? Or did they mingle and make awkward small talk?
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Have you heard of Star Wars? Robots, lightsabers, Death Stars?
In the first prequel installment, The Phantom Menace, it’s discovered that Anakin “Grows Up To Be Darth Vader” Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) built C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and interacted with R2D2 (Kenny Baker) all the time. Cute, right?
So why, in the original trilogy, does Darth “Used To Be Anakin Skywalker” Vader not recognize the droids? Why doesn’t he say or do anything with them?
Has he become so hardened he’s “forgotten his past”? Or is it because the prequels were “not very well thought out”?
Hades (James Woods), king of the underworld, wants Hercules (Tate Donovan) dead. He puts his best henchmen, Pain and Panic (Bobcat Goldthwait and Matt Frewer), on the job. They tell him he’s dead. And Hades believes them, for quite some time!
But, as we know, they’re dead wrong.
Hercules may be super strong. But Hades is, without exaggeration, the king of the underworld. Why didn’t he double check that Hercules was actually dead? Just by, like, looking around? He lives and works in the place where dead people go. Wouldn’t Hercules have shown up?
The Santa Clause
In one of the more morbid, legal procedure-based family films, The Santa Clause follows grumpy Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) as he accidentally kills Santa (morbid!) and gets a job as the new Santa, thanks to a magical contract’s clause (legal procedure!). It’s become a holiday tradition.
Just one stray thought…
The film establishes that parents don’t believe in Santa. And yet, the film presents as objective fact that Santa is real. So on Christmas morning, when kids open presents from the real Santa, whom parents don’t believe in, what do they think? How can they reckon with this cognitive dissonance?
In the final moments of Tim Burton’s fantastically morbid romance Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp’s titular creation carves beautiful ice sculptures out of his, well, scissor hands, while an older Kim (Winona Ryder in wild makeup) waxes mythological about their romance.
Beautiful? Yes. Possible? Hmm…
Edward is shown working in an attic. So where did the ice come from? Edward couldn’t have gotten it himself, because he can’t sleep in a dang waterbed without his scissorhands getting in the way. Plus, how does he keep all the ice frozen in a SoCal attic?
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Here’s the mechanics of the curse behind the Disney classic: A sorceress curses the Prince to turn into the Beast after he’s rude to her and refuses her shelter. When he turns 21, and hasn’t found true love, the curse starts to become permanent. This all happened 10 years ago…
…which means the prince was friggin’ 11 when he got cursed. Not a grown-up man, like the stained glass window depicts. And also — c’mon, sorceress, chill! That’s a little kid, of course his manners aren’t gonna be great! What are you gonna do next, conjure candy from a baby?
In Gravity’s harrowing opening space-storm sequence, Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) tells Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) to let go of the rope tethering them together, which would send him to his doom, to save herself. The rest of the movie hinges on this ultra-dramatic choice.
And it did not need to happen!
Not to get all Neil deGrasse Tyson on you, but scientifically, they’re in the same orbital path. If Ryan had simply pulled on the rope gently, it would’ve brought Matt back safely. And then the movie would have been over.
The MCU got a fun jolt of unorthodox humor with 2015’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd. Rudd’s superhero can shrink down to the size of an ant and back. But there’s a rule that he’s told often: His mass doesn’t change. He weighs the same tiny as he did normal.
If taken seriously, this would render essential moments, like ants picking a tiny Ant-Man up, impossible. It would also mean he couldn’t sneak around vents — his weight would collapse them instantly. And in Captain America: Civil War, his growing bigger wouldn’t give him super strength.
At the end of the M. Night Shyamalan alien invasion film Signs, everything happens for a reason.
Bo (Abigail Breslin) was supposed to leave glasses of waters around for Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) to smack with a baseball bat, because the aliens are burned by water.
So… wouldn’t just being alive on earth kill the aliens? On account of the water in the atmosphere? How can they run around in dew-covered crop circles? Wouldn’t this have come up in their space research? Why wouldn’t they at least have gone to a desert?
In The Hangover, after going on a huge series of comical misadventures to try and find groom-to-be Doug (Justin Bartha), the Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) realizes he’s just been on the Vegas hotel roof the entire time.
Haha! All’s well that ends well!
Except: Why didn’t Doug try to escape? If you were stuck on top of a building, wouldn’t you do anything to get down? And, frankly, how is Doug still alive? It would’ve been burning hot in Las Vegas in July, and he would’ve been majorly dehydrated at least.
On Wednesdays, we poke plot holes in popular film comedies.
At one point in Mean Girls, everyone believes Cady (Lindsay Lohan) made the Burn Book that was actually made by Regina (Rachel McAdams) and the rest of the Plastics. She’s shunned from school as a result.
But if this theory is meant to be plausible, how would Cady have any pictures or information on anyone in the school, given the fact that she’s a brand new student? Would they assume that she’s the speediest investigative journalist that ever lived?
We know — most of the Nicolas Cage adventure flick is renowned for its calm, patient accuracy. But there’s something seriously off about the famous moment when Cage’s Benjamin Franklin Gates steals the Declaration of Independence.
Other than the sheer lunacy of those words put together in that order.
When Ben reads the Declaration later, we see it starts with “We the people”. But that’s the opening to the Constitution, not the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration begins with “When in the course of human events”. Either Ben made a serious miscalculation, or that’s a huge filmmaking error!
The Little Mermaid
She wants to be where the people are. So Ariel, The Little Mermaid herself, makes a deal to gain legs and lose her voice, just so she can go above the sea and fall in love with Prince Eric. Complications, often involving charades, ensue.
But why didn’t she write on a piece of paper to Eric about what was going on? After all, we see her write in English earlier when she signs her name for the deal.
Fans asked animators this question at an event. The animators just smiled and said, “Next question.”
The 30 Most Filthy Rich Actors and Actresses, Ranked
Most of us, at one point or another, have longed for greater fortunes. A bigger house, a nicer car. Or, at the very least, enough to pay the bills. Hollywood is chock full of loaded stars.
Not all of them have made the bulk of their dough performing in front of the camera. And some have opted to spend their earnings on some most peculiar things.
Let’s count down the richest living actors and actresses. We bet you’ll be shocked at how much some of them are worth.
The 30 Worst Performances From Typically Great Actors
There’s nothing like discovering a new favorite actor. A talented thespian who delivers consistently excellent performances. Until… they boink up. And they all boink up.
Here are the worst performances from 30 otherwise incredible actors. You know what? Everyone makes mistakes!
Classic Movies That Were A Nightmare to Make
Classic movies are a blast to watch, but many of them weren’t so fun to make.
Some of the most famous movies of all time were grueling experiences for the cast and crew. Read on to see which of your favorite movies were a total nightmare behind-the-scenes.