What is a plot hole?
Wikipedia says it the best: A plot hole, is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot, or constitutes a blatant omission of relevant information regarding the plot. These include such things as unlikely behavior or actions of characters, illogical or impossible events, events happening for no apparent reason, or statements/events that contradict earlier events in the storyline.
Do all movies contain plot holes?
Almost all of them. Because movies are different from real life situations. The stories need to be faster, more intense and told in a way that will make everyone understand what is happening. It is thus necessary to contrive plot elements to get the story going. A story without plot holes is not a story; it’s a documentary.
Does that mean all movies are bad?
Off course not. Plot holes only concern the script. The script itself is a very important aspect of a movie (arguably the most important) but a lot of other things make or break a movie; like the acting, direction, music, cinematography, special effects, etc.
However, plot holes themselves are not game-breakers. Most iconic and well-received movies have plot holes. What differentiates good or bad screenplays are the AMOUNT of plot holes they have and how many of the different three types they have.
What are the three different types of plot holes?
All plot holes defy common sense logic. However, they are separated in three different types based on their effect on the story.
First, there is the minor plot hole. They do not affect the story itself and are usually NEVER spotted while you watch a movie. Those plot holes are really easy to forgive because they do not represent much of a deal. Minor plot holes create a lack of logic not for the whole story, but rather for specifically small scenes and actions in the story. A minor plot hole is usually forgotten 5 minutes after it was introduced since its impact is on a small scale.
Then, there is the major plot hole. Unlike the minor ones, they create a lack of logic that goes beyond a simple scene. They usually destroy the legitimacy or intelligence of a single main character. When a character is involved in a major plot hole; he/she looks like a complete imbecile which goes against the ”intelligent and/or logic” persona of most main characters. Nonetheless, the major ones do not make a story look stupid; only specific characters.
Finally, there is the super plot hole. Those plot holes are not as common as the others. They are easier to spot then the other two, although certain movies have so much going for them that it is easy to overlook them. Super plot holes destroy the logic of the entire stories. They make the whole conflict seem useless or propose a completely different and easier alternative that is not taken by the heroes/villains. Sometimes, a super plot hole can be about a lack of logic in a certain scene or a main character; but they are elevated to super status only when the consequences of this lack of logic affect the entire story and its conflict.
In short, the three types of plot holes affect three different things:
Minor Plot hole — destroy logic of — small scenes
Major Plot hole — destroy logic of — main characters
Super Plot hole —- destroy logic of — entire story and conflicts
How come I don’t notice plot holes myself when I watch a movie ?
It’s because you are not used to it. Movies ask you to suspend your disbelief and it makes it hard to think logically about a movie while watching it. It is easier to spot plot holes in comic books or novels because you read at your own pace and you stop when you want. But for movies, you are asked to follow the story at a given speed and in a certain way. You can’t go back 15 pages earlier to verify what someone said. But it’s ok. You can train your mind to it and this website can help you.
So what exactly is this website?
It is an expanding archives of all the plot holes in modern American cinema. Each week, the archive gets bigger and better with lists of plot holes concerning your favorite movies. The written style is also sometimes sarcastic and mean in order to make the website a little less serious-looking and to add a little humor.
Can I contribute to this website?
Indeed you can. Not only is that an option; it is also recommended. We are busy people and there are thousands of movies out there. We can’t watch all of them and write 20 plot holes for them all. Please refer to the contact page.
To make our lives even easier; send us a list that is already in the minor/major/super plot holes format. It also recommended to add some humor to your contributions, but don’t make everything funny at the expanse of not explaining your plot holes correctly. We are generally more inclined to accept a contribution of lets say a list of 10 plot holes for a movie that is not featured yet on the website than a list of 10 plot holes for 10 different movies. If we are really busy, the former will get top priority.
It’s not a plot hole! You made a grammar mistake! You forgot this plot hole!
Fortunately for all of us, this is an evolving website. Nothing is set in stone. If there is actually a plot hole that is not really one, or if there are grammar mistakes somewhere or we forgot 12 other plot holes for 1 movie; it’s all good, we can fix it. Just contact us. However, don’t expect us to fix everything the instant you send us an e-mail; we all have lives of our own.
This is my favorite movie ! How dare you say it sucks ?!
Calm down. Even if a movie is loaded with plot holes, it is your choice and your right to really love this movie. In fact, many good and popular movies have scripts with pretty heavy plot holes. The fact that your favorite movie is on this website with a novel of green, yellow and red paragraphs does not mean the movie sucks. But…it’s hard to defend that the script is perfect.