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Movieplotholes takes on the dark quest of finding objectively negative aspects of Hollywood screenplays. Most negative comments your friends have about movies are not objective – because they are based on personal tastes. We are not interested in tastes: we are interested in factually provable problems in stories. Our quest leads us to 6 types of errors:

Minor Plot hole

Contradiction created in the script that negatively affects the logic of individuals scenes.
A screenwriter may create minor plot holes for different reasons.
(a) Saving the heroes — The heroes are cornered and the only way to save them is to manipulate the fictional universe so that they can be saved.
(b) Create something cool — logic of scenes can be put aside if it can transform it into something cool or cooler.
(c) Bad writing — Either from bad writers or tight schedules that leave not enough time to develop and perfect the screenplay.

Major Plot hole

Contradiction created in the script that negatively affects the logic of main characters.
These problems arise for different reasons.
(a) Induced stupidity  — A main character that is exposed as being witty and clever becomes unbearably stupid in order to manipulate the story.
(b) Induced omniscience — A main character that is exposed as being witty and clever becomes god-like omniscient and can predict all events.

Super Plot hole

Contradiction created in the script that negatively affects the logic of the entire story and conflicts.
These problems arise for different reasons.
(a) Induced stupidity of the main villain — Can negate the initial conflict and the heroes quest to stop him/her.
(b) heavyweight plot device — A concept/object is introduced in the film that completely transforms how the story should have played out.
(c) Conflict Destruction — A contradiction appears that logically destroys the conflict and the overall story.

Plot contrivance

Contrivance in the script that does not go against the logic of a story/character but instead goes against all odds of it occurring.
(a) Contrived Coincidence  — Characters will make bad/good moves against all odds of their respective attributes in order to get the story moving.
(b) Contrived Event — There could be 1 chance in a billion for two characters to meet, but they will.

Retroactive Continuity

Retcons are script inconsistencies that exist in-between movies of the same franchise. They are thus very similar to plot holes but can only exist in movie series. They are however usually used purposefully to:
(a) accommodate sequels and prequels
(b) resolve chronological issues
(c) correct past plot holes from earlier films in the series.

Unaddressed Issue

Information left out of the script that would have been useful to understand the story better.
Since information is left out, it is impossible to categorize the problem as a plot hole since the script did not address the issue BUT there is reasonable doubt to think that the movie’s fictional universe could not answer it appropriately. Sometimes, important plot points are kept vague in order to conceal inevitable plot holes. Unaddressed Issues create general vagueness in the script and overall lazy writing.