Whether you enjoy gripping psychological thrillers or action-packed sci-fi, there's nothing like watching a well-written movie with a surprising storyline and believable characters. However, some films have such bad mistakes in their scripts, they destroy our sense of disbelief and neither the score nor the actors' performances can save the moment.

From Gravity to Home Alone, Bored Panda put together a list of popular movies with plot holes you may not have noticed before, but beware: SPOILERS AHEAD.

After you're done scrolling, feel free to fire up our earlier article on the topic, too.

#1

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

"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?"

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Guinny
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3 months ago

Fred: "hmm George look its this peter guy again. i think its time we ask ronnykins" George: "yeah. He seems to deny it though" Ron: "I'VE TOLD YOU SO MANY TIMES. I'M NOT SLEEPING WITH ANYONE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT STOP ASKING ME!" George: "We have to find out. Maybe the map is broken- or Hey! maybe we'll give the map to Harry! He'll know and sort stuff out" Fred: "yeah great idea, we've memorized all the passages anyway,"

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#2

Armageddon (1998)

Armageddon (1998)

"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 [hell] up.'"

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Kisses4Katie
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3 months ago

I think this WAS a conversation. I thought I read about that ;)

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#3

Hercules (1997)

Hercules (1997)

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?

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tuzdayschild
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3 months ago

Not to mention Hera was not his mother. She despised Hercules.

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#4

Signs (2002)

Signs (2002)

"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."

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Still like this movie. But yeah, it is so holey it should be cheese

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#5

Every Single Christmas Movie

Every Single Christmas Movie

In literally every single Christmas movie, none of the parents believe in Santa, yet every year there are several unexpected presents under the tree and no one questions it.

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Nary Vang
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3 months ago

I've never gotten a full blown canoe for Christmas. I'm still waiting for it.

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#6

Tangled (2010)

Tangled (2010)

In Tangled, everything revolved around Rapunzel seeing the lights on her birthday, but Mother Gothel could have just lied about which day she was born.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
3 months ago

So the bad guy never thought the lights would become a problem later on. And found it easier to just keep the kids original birthday because its always easier to keep your lies as limited as possible.

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#7

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

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.”

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

ability to sign a name does NOT mean you're fully literate in a language. Knowing how to write *some* words, does not mean you can write all of them - just ask any kid learning how to read & write.

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#8

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

The kind of plot hole that gives directors and scriptwriters nightmares can be found in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Angelina Jolie’s fun but flawed video game adaptation from 2001. The film focuses on Lara Croft’s mission to protect the world from the Illuminati, who are planning to use an artefact called the Triangle during a solar eclipse to inflict devastation on the world – a peak 00s plot if ever we’ve heard one. We learn that the Triangle is split into two parts, and after acquiring the first of them in Cambodia, Croft sets off on another perilous journey to retrieve the second in Siberia. The problem is, we already know the Triangle can’t work without both halves, so all Croft had to do was destroy the half she already had in her possession and the job would be done.

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David Butler
Community Member
3 months ago

Because Lara Croft is a Chaotic-Neutral treasure hunter -- hence, "tomb raider" -- and being commissioned to find a world-changing artefact that or may not live up to its mythology is good enough all by itself.

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#9

Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day (1996)

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

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Adam C
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3 months ago

Hollywood also think the faster you type the better hacker you are.

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#10

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)

In A Quiet Place, instead of making shelter near the waterfall (i.e. the only place where the killer monsters couldn't hear them), they lived on a noisy farm.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
3 months ago

I wondered why people didn't build "sound traps" deadfalls or other sound based traps for the things.

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#11

Monsters University (2013)

Monsters University (2013)

In Monsters University, Mike and Sully didn't meet until their first year of college, but in Monster's, Inc. they claimed to be friends since elementary school.

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NamiKoa
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe Monstropolis has a different educational structure? Maybe the monsters age differently from humans and first grade is elementary school, second grade is junior high school, third grade is high school and fourth grade is college? It's hard to place the age on a character who looks like a granny smith apple. ;-)

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#12

Back To The Future (1985)

Back To The Future (1985)

"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."

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Verena
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3 months ago

Also, let's have the guy who tried to rape mom help around the house and fix the car.

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#13

National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure (2004)

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!

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
3 months ago

Everyone knows that Holly Would script writers can't read..

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#14

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

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.

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, but.. ANTMAN

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#15

Star Wars Series

Star Wars Series

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

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KKpp
Community Member
3 months ago

This is just too geeky for these movies. The're good 'ol sci-fi and not Interstellar

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#16

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (1984)

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!

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Flisey
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3 months ago

This one gets me too! When does after midnight end?!

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#17

Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

In Toy Story, if Buzz was so convinced he was a real space ranger, why did he adhere to all of the standard toy rules, like "playing dead" when a person was in the room?

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ImaDerp
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3 months ago

I think it’s a natural instinct that all toys play dead when a human comes in

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#18

X-Men III: Wolverine (2006)

X-Men III: Wolverine (2006)

In X-Men: The Last Stand’s finale, Phoenix Jean Grey is literally tearing reality apart and ripping people into nothingness. Wolverine battles his way to his unrequited love, skin ripping from his adamantium frame. His life is being destroyed. But,weirdly, not his pants. They seem to be made from something even stronger than adamantium. No peek of a Wolver-willy for us then.


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Richard Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

The film is X-Men not X-Rated. Sometimes you have to bend reality to achieve the right rating

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#19

Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

In Home Alone, 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.

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Virgil Blue
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3 months ago

Maybe only local lines still worked?

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#20

Men In Black (1997)

Men In Black (1997)

In Men in Black, 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.

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staygoldponyboy
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3 months ago

There's always an imminent threat to the planet, K explains that.

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#21

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, 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.

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IronEagle
Community Member
3 months ago

Not to mention, his tech shrinks the space between atoms, so the mass would stay the same as a fully sized building. That thing would be inch for inch the heaviest thing ever!

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#22

Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)

In Gravity, Matt was floating away and ordered Ryan to let go of the tethered rope, but since there's no gravity in space all Ryan had to do was gently pull the rope toward her to bring Matt back.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

It wasn't gravity that was the problem. It was the momentum.

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#23

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

In The Dark Knight Rises, 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.

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Stimpy
Community Member
3 months ago

There is a population of underground barbers in the sewersystem of Gotham (they were flushed down the toilet when they were small and continued to thrive there)

Bacony
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

One of the more popular ones was named Alley Barber, and his 40 Hairdressers.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
3 months ago

Dont forget Bruce's magical healing spine. This movie was full of stupid potholes and silly actions by the characters. A big disappointment.

Väinö-Oskari Astala
Community Member
3 months ago

Also should be paler.

Goth Nurse
Community Member
3 months ago

Hyvä huomio, Väiski.

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Leo H
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe killer croc runs a barber shop

Craig Silberman
Community Member
3 months ago

in every movie where people are deprived of showers for weeks or months, the women all have cleanly-shaved underarms

Tonks
Community Member
3 months ago

Also the light didn't do much damage to their eyes, even though it should of done some serious damage

Yaz Cam
Community Member
3 months ago

But every single member of the police force wasn’t trapped underground though 🤷🏾‍♀️. The most obvious one here is the Captain, who was hiding out at home and Commissioner Gordon had to convince to join them.

Emir
Community Member
3 months ago

That movie was garbage anyway.

Charles Brentner
Community Member
3 months ago

Union rules.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

The magic of friendship ;D

Turd_Man59
Community Member
3 months ago

To tan

Darth Vader
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s a kind of magic nuh nuh naah nuh nuh

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, this is a really stupid one. Nolan do better.

Adam Wiemers
Community Member
3 months ago

This entire movie was just one giant steaming pile of plot holes.

Dead_Beasts_393
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe... they got shaving equipment from those who contacted them

Krystyna Dabrowski
Community Member
3 months ago

None of this movie made any sense.

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#24

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

In Beauty and the Beast, 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?

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Nary Vang
Community Member
3 months ago

Because as time progressed, he became less like a man and more like a beast. The story explains that.

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#25

Limitless (2011)

Limitless (2011)

In Limitless, Bradley Cooper becomes the world’s smartest man thanks to a new wonder drug. It’s actually quite an enjoyable and entertaining film (until the silly ending). However, it’s let down by one of those plot contrivances that once read, destroys the film. If he’s so smart, why does he think it’s a good idea to borrow money from a mobster? I’m an idiot and I know not to do that.


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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

Because he wasn't going to be able to get it from a bank now, was he?

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#26

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

In Avengers: Endgame, 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?!

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Hans
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3 months ago

Time travel plots and movie mistakes are best friends.

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#27

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, 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.

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Richard Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

Stark security would delete that information from the records to prevent 'bad guys' from using ex-employees as sources of information. I would presume the data wipe would be thorough and complete

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#28

Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls (2004)

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?

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

This can be explained pretty easily: "teenagers". They can be so bright at times, and so damn stupid at others. All it would take is for the popular kids to have a stupid idea "it's all her fault!" and the rest of the school would probably just go along with it.

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#29

E.t. (1982)

E.t. (1982)

The iconic bike scene proves E.T. is basically magic and can levitate objects. So… why doesn’t he just levitate himself right at the beginning of the film and get back onto his spaceship? He’s really close to it! Poor E.T.

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

Because ET was a kid himself... and like most kids, hadn't learned problem-solving / critical thinking yet.

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#30

Titanic (1997)

Titanic (1997)

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!

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Linus Nilsson
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3 months ago

This has been explained several times. If they were both on the door, it would have sunk.

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#31

The Purge (2013)

The Purge (2013)

"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."

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Rob Chapman
Community Member
3 months ago

Ohhh, don't even get me started on the tagline "ALL crime is legal". Just think of the truly horrific crimes we read about in the news, and then imagine those being LEGAL for 24 hours. Murder is tame compared to some of truly disturbing, demented things humans do to each other.

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#32

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)

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

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugh this whole movie is a plot hole on its own to the entire series.

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#33

Detective Pikachu (2019)

Detective Pikachu (2019)

"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."

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ImaDerp
Community Member
3 months ago

His voice probably changed. His old body died remember?

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#34

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

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.

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

He created his own code to get round this rule.

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#35

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

"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!"

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zims
Community Member
3 months ago

He was flipping through it, not examining it page by page.

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#36

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid (1984)

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.

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Bumble
Community Member
3 months ago

I have to agree with Barney Stinson on this theory. The Karate Kid was Johnny Lawrence and the villain was Daniel Larusso. Daniel comes to town and sticks his face into an argument between Johnny and Allie, then tries to fight Johnny. Then he goes out with Johnny's ex, who he is still in love with and rubs it in his face. Then he rigs the hose to spray water all over him and his joint in the toilet. THEN, if that isn't enough provocation, he trains for a couple of weeks and beats Johnny in a championship when Johnny has been training for his entire life. Plus, Daniel is kind of an arrogant tool!

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#37

28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later (2007)

"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."

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

The kiss of death in a nutshell.

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#38

Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Return Of The Jedi (1983)

We all love Ewoks (we do), but even as a child I was a bit incredulous that the cute little bears could defeat an entire legion of the Emperor’s best troops. It wasn’t their ingenuity or fighting skills I doubted though, it was the fact that sticks and stones could apparently pierce armour. It must have been made of paper they way some of them go down. Obviously, the Empire is an expensive thing to run, especially when you’ve got a penchant for building moon-sized super-weapons with a limited shelf-life, but you’d hope that your best soldiers could get some decent blast armour…


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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
3 months ago

EVEN KEVLAR has its weaknesses.. Like it is easily penetrated by SLOW MOVING SHARP objects..

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#39

The Martian (2015)

The Martian (2015)

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

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MantisKeeper
Community Member
3 months ago

Did anyone else notice how similar his suit is to ant-man's?

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#40

Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009)

Pandora is saved. Go back home to your dying planet you humans! I like to believe that yes, the defeated humans did reflect on what they had done, and maybe decided to value life and nature above commerce and needless industrialisation. After all, that was the subtle message James Cameron was trying to teach us. But even when watching the film for the first time, all I could think was, won’t the surviving military just go back to their ship in orbit and nuke the now clearly hostile and dangerous natives? Because that’s what I would do. Of course, they might not have had weapons aboard, and the plot of the sequel may well be the return of the angry earthlings. In which case, ignore this.

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Richard Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

Because nuking the planet from orbit (it's the only way to be sure) would render the resources useless and bankrupt the expedition

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