With over a quadrillion movies in existence, there’s bound to be a few that have mistakes in them. Whether it’s one of the actors wearing a Rolex watch in a movie based in ancient China, or a background extra throwing a dog into a river. But there are those movies, some of them critically acclaimed, that go beyond minor mistakes and leave huge plot holes in the final cut.
This article is about 15 movies with gaping plot holes that nobody in the movie though to question!
1. Hocus Pocus
As most people already know, salt can ward off the darkest of creatures, including witches. Salt and the sun. Knowing these things, the group of children tasked to eliminate evil but dimwitted witches should have just gone to Billy’s grave, poured a circle of salt around it, and waited for the sun to rise. But this probably would’ve just led to 90 minutes of waiting around, making small talk, and cracking one-liners with the Sanderson sisters.
2. The Fate of the Furious
You really shouldn’t expect realism when watching any of the Fast and Furious movies, but one thing that really ticked a lot of people was the ineptitude of the Russian government. They somehow failed to disarm the nuclear launch codes within the 9-hour time frame it took to travel from the US to Russia.
Signs is a movie that showed what would happen in the event of an alien invasion. They come to Earth, cause a little mayhem and destruction, and… it ends almost as abruptly as the invasion began. It turns out that the aliens’ weakness is good ol’ H2O, which raises the question: how come they tried to invade a planet that’s more than 70% water? Hell, there’s even water in the air! And they weren’t wearing anti-water suits either, so they were exposed to water from the get-go.
Tangled is a CGI animated film that retells the classic story of Rapunzel and her evil mother. In this film, Rapunzel has more than 50 feet of free-flowing hair. Despite the name of the film, Rapunzel’s hair never gets caught or tangled in anything. It may be because of her mother’s obsession with her daughter’s hair that she needs to keep it as straight and tangle-free as possible. Whatever the case, the movie’s title doesn’t make any sense.
In this classic film, Cinderella has a hard time adapting to a maid’s life. We admit, she has it rough; living a life of catering to a horrible step-mother and step-sisters. On the night of the ball, and out of nowhere, her Fairy Godmother gives her a total makeover, making Cinderella the prettiest young lady in all of the land. However, she only has until 12 midnight before everything disappears – her gown, her carriage and driver. But apparently, the glass slipper – the one that was made specifically to fit Cinderella’s foot – slips off and doesn’t disappear at midnight.
6. Wonder Woman
The superheroine Wonder Woman’s origin story is that she’s sculpted from clay by the Greek gods. In the movie, it makes sense that she’s unaccustomed to normal Earthian traditions like marriage and whatnot, but for some reason, she can recall a lot of Socrates’ work. She must’ve skipped class when they were teaching Socrates’ philosophy on marriage. Perhaps her Amazonian education just didn’t believe in marriage, or this was used as a way to introduce Wonder Woman as a powerful but innocent being.
Movies about space and aliens hardly ever make any sense, mainly because very few people have actually experienced life outside of our Earth, and aliens have yet to make contact with us.
In one of the scenes, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) manages to remain in the ship by holding onto a ladder after the ship’s airlock door was ripped open. In reality, Ellen would’ve lost consciousness due to the huge amount of force. Later on, she would’ve suffocated.
8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In the magical world of witches, wizards, and muggles, nothing seems impossible. Magic can be used for a wide range of different things, both good and bad. Which raises the question: why don’t magical doctors go undercover to help solve some of the world’s worst diseases? And why doesn’t Dumbledore, an expert at making potions, just craft a whole cauldron of Luck Potion whenever possible? Also, since Fred and George Weasley had the Marauder’s Map on them for several years, didn’t they ever think to check on what little Ronnie was doing sleeping next to Peter Pettigrew?
9. 17 Again
This movie is about a guy making all of the wrong moves during his teens, who gets a second chance at being a teen in the modern age, and doesn’t do anything to fix his woes. Oh, the protagonist, Mike O’Donnell (played by Matthew Perry and Zach Efron) doesn’t end up getting divorced, so he has that going for him.
What’s messed up about this movie is that as Mike returns to his old teen self, he enrolls in his old high school where his children also go. Somehow, for whatever reason, his kids don’t recognize him at all. Didn’t they ever get a chance to see pictures of their father as a child?
The first 10 minutes of this movie is a montage of a couple getting married and growing old together. It’s supposed to get you to believe in true love, but then it splashes you with a dose of reality by killing off the wife. All within the first 10 minutes. The main storyline of Up is an old man who takes him home away by attaching tens of thousands of balloons to his home. For whatever reason, only after releasing the balloons from his chimney does his house begin its ascent. Also, there’s no way that so many inflated balloons could have fit in his house in the first place.
11. A Quiet Place
This 2018 post-apocalyptic flick shows that you don’t need lines to make a successful movie. It’s about aliens who have infested the Earth and are drawn to sounds. Make the tiniest peep and a worm-like creature will pop out of the grown to gobble you right up. To get through this nightmarish hell, everybody learns sign language and does their best not to make noise.
In one scene, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) steps on a nail that’s sticking up from the ground. The question that every moviegoer asked after leaving the theater was why wasn’t the nail removed in the first place? When asked about the nail in this scene, the producers had no answer. It was just something that slipped the minds of everyone involved.
12. Ant-Man and the Wasp
This movie did extremely well at the box office, grossing more than $600 million worldwide. It was one of the most highly anticipated superhero films of summer 2018 so this isn’t actually a surprise. What is a surprise is the high number of different plot holes that the scriptwriter, producers, and director didn’t think of before shooting.
Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets stuck in the quantum realm for 30 years but there’s no explanation as to how she managed to survive for so long. In the first movie, there seems to be some sort of chemistry forming between Scott (Paul Rudd) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) but in this movie their relationship seems to have come to nothing beyond friendship. And one of the most annoying things is Hank’s lab which can shrink to the size of a suitcase. The lab has been popping up all over the city and in plain sight, but apparently nobody even notices it.
13. Justice League
The ending of Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice, Metropolis holds a memorial for the passing of Superman. Clark Kent is dead, and a bunch of people attend his funeral, including Bruce Wayne. However, in Justice League, which is set after S vs. B, Superman is magically back from the dead. Also, Clark Kent returns to his office to resume work as if nothing happened. How in the world is Clark going to explain his resurrection right at the same time Superman comes back? Spoiler: he doesn’t.
14. Monsters University
This is the prequel to Monsters, Inc. which is actually set after their time at school. In Monsters, Inc., Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) tells Sulley (John Goodman) that he’s been jealous of his good looks since they were in the fourth grade, so it’s safe to assume that they acquaintances during childhood. However, in Monsters University, Sulley and Mike meet for the first time. Perhaps university comes right after the third grade in the Monster world.
15. Jurassic Park III
Dinosaur cloning, escaping dinosaurs, and being trapped in a dinosaur infested park. You know the storyline of Jurassic Park. But there’s one thing that left moviegoers scratching their heads. The Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park III is strong enough to bust through reinforced concrete walls like the Kool-Aid guy, but as the movie goes on, old Spino loses muscle strength and can’t even knock down a wooden gate.