Friends (and strangers) trying to sound smart by pointing out a movie mistake that isn’t really a mistake? We found the best answers to “What infamous movie plot hole has an explanation that you’re tired of explaining?” with these 12 movie plot holes that actually have perfectly good explanations.
You might learn something too!
You know exactly what we’re talking about with this one. There are some movies out there that seem to have major glaring plot holes, and it seems like everyone just loves to point it out. Only it’s not really a plot hole – there’s actually an explanation for it. You know it, but it seems like everyone you talk to doesn’t. Sigh.
People need to stop using these movies as an example of “plot holes” to sound smart. Because trust me, you don’t! Not at least when there’s a explanation in there that everyone is sick and tired of explaining to the world.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
“Sleeping With His Wife” – The Truman Show
Folks like to bring this topic up because in The Truman Show his “wife” is actually an actress. Seems a bit awkward to make her sleep with Truman, and even worse, to show it on TV.
Except it is covered in the movie. First of all, someone complains that the camera cuts when Truman and his wife go to bed. Second, it’s pointed out in the film that she wants to have a baby with him to make The Truman Show 2, but he’s not interested.
“Why Is He So Skeptical of Mysticism?” – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
A lot of people wonder why Indiana Jones would be so skeptical about mythical stuff happening at the beginning of the Temple of Doom given what happened in Raiders of the Lost Ark… But there truly is a simple explanation to this one.
Temple of Doom is a prequel, so Raiders hasn’t happened yet. Oof.
“How Does Sarah Connor Know What Button to Press?” – The Terminator
This happens all the time, especially in sci fi: the hero somehow knows exactly how to work the machine or computer, right down to pushing the exact right button at the right time. But did they use this trope in The Terminator?
Not at all.
Sarah Connor knows what button to press on the crushing machine because she accidentally pressed it earlier. It was a major plot point; that’s how The Terminator got alerted to their location.
“If He Has Memory Loss How Does He Remember to Tell People He Has Memory Loss?” – Memento
Seems like a pretty straightforward complaint and definitely is something people debate – but that doesn’t mean it’s a plot hole.
Whether you subscribe to the idea that he was trained to say it (as shown in flashbacks) or you take real-world science’s word for it that folks with short term memory loss still retain long-term memory there’s plenty of explanations out there that explain the plot of Momento.
“There’s No Way a Dumb Sorority Girl Could Study for and Pass the LSAT in One Summer” – Legally Blonde
OK first of all, I hate everything about this so called “plot hole” people suggested because it unfairly stereotypes that sort of woman. Second, and most importantly for this post, it’s not a plot hole at all. Let’s look at the evidence:
First of all, Elle Woods was shown winning an argument with a shop worker using her keen observation and intelligence. Second, one of her professors mentioned that her grades were near-perfect in her fashion classes.
She was never dumb, she just wasn’t living up to her potential.
“Actually, the DeLorean Is a Really Junky Car” – Back to the Future
Yeah, that’s the joke. It’s brought up several times throughout the series.
“How Did Claire Outrun the T-Rex in Heels?” – Jurassic World
Here’s the thing, folks – the t-rex wasn’t fully chasing her.
T-rex was trained to associate the flare with feeding time (akin to how zookeepers train lions and polar bears), and was merely following Claire in anticipation of her next meal.
“Why Does Buzz Stop Moving Around Humans?” – Toy Story
If he doesn’t know he’s a toy, why does Buzz Lightyear stop moving like the other toys when humans come around?
This one isn’t as well explained as the rest, but Buzz does ask the other toys what the rules are and it can be assumed they explained the whole situation to him.
There’s also several times where Woody is anxious about Buzz moving around humans – so this explanation makes even more sense in that context.
“Why Didn’t Dolores Tell the Family About Bruno in the Walls?” – Encanto
Simple: we don’t talk about Bruno.
It seems impossible that the family would have listened if she talked about it given how they felt. That being said, there were several moments in the movie that foreshadowed Bruno being nearby and her knowing.
Rewatch it with this in mind and her “I always knew” line at the end makes a lot more sense.
“Jack Could Have Fit on That Raft!” – Titanic
Probably my favourite… You got it, you said the thing, you watched the movie good. Or did you?
If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen Titanic let me remind you of this: Jack does try to get on. And the raft starts sinking… So he gets off.
There was an episode of Mythbusters that proved that if you rigged the life preservers a certain way they could both fit, but even then barely. In dark and freezing cold water Jack wasn’t about to mess around with their lives. He made a call and saved Rose.
“He Took of Her Glasses and Won the Bet to Make Her Hot” – She’s All That
This is one that I feel people misremember a lot. First of all, the bet wasn’t to make her attractive, it was to make her prom queen. At the start of the movie she’s not very popular – not necessarily for lacking the conventional attractiveness the popular girl had, but because she was cold and antisocial.
During the movie he finds ways to get her out and make friends. This, combined with the makeover, are what gives her a fighting chance at prom queen.
Spoilers: she still doesn’t win, proving that beauty isn’t everything.
“How Can They Afford That Nice Apartment in Friends?” – Friends
Not a movie but I really wanted to include this one because it’s so interesting. Unlike other shows set in New York where the characters must make impossibly high salaries to afford their lifestyle (looking at you, Sex in the City) Friends actually explains the situation in the very first episode.
Monica’s apartment is actually her grandmother’s rent controlled place, and she’s subletting it illegally. It also comes up a few more times throughout the series so this tidbit is definitely canon.
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