25 Significant Continuity Errors and Plot Holes in Popular Movies

Which continuity error or plot hole in a movie always sticks out in your mind? After someone polled the internet, here are twenty-five top-voted films that stuck out.

1. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

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“In The Butterfly Effect, it's repeatedly shown that when Ashton Kutcher goes back in time and changes something, he is the only one who is aware of the changes, as he is then propelled back to the new future he created from that aberration.”

“So, for example, when he blows off his arms, he wakes up in the future and is shocked to be limbless, but all his roommates are like, ‘duh dude, of course, you have no arms.' However, Kutcher is in prison at one point and attempts to make another prisoner believe his powers.”

The Butterfly Effect Prison Error

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“So he travels back in time, stabs his hands, and returns to prison. Despite minor changes having the potential to create new timelines, he's right back in prison, and the prisoner recognizes the new scars, which goes against all the logic the movie showed.”

2. Mean Girls (2004)

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“In Mean Girls, when Cady comes home from the Halloween party and Janis and Damian are watching a movie, and they get scared by her costume, the popcorn in the bowl goes flying everywhere, then the camera cuts back to them, and the popcorn bowl is full again,” another shared. 

3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Harry Potter fan asked, “Why don't Fred and George Weasley see Peter Pettigrew on Ron's shoulder on the Maurader's Map while they're at Hogwarts before his third year?” “If we're gonna start in on Harry Potter, we're gonna be here awhile,” joked another. 

4. Remember The Titans (2000)

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“In Remember the Titans, there's a montage scene of football highlights where a Titan's Corner Back intercepts the ball and continues running in the same direction as the receiver was,” someone pointed out. 

5. Wonder Woman (2017)

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All Ares had to do in Wonder Woman to win was nothing. His goal was to enlist Diana to his side by showing that humans are inherently evil and beyond redemption. But, of course, she would've come to that conclusion if he didn't show up saying, “I influenced them.” 

“Furthermore, Wonder Woman can kill him. But he can teleport and shapeshift, so the only way for her to ever reach him would be for him to present himself, which he does, and then gets destroyed.”

“It's stupid. The villain could've won by staying home, eating a bowl of cereal, and walking outside. And this villain is the literal god of war but has no sense of any tactic ever.”

6. A Quiet Place (2018)

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Someone asked, “If the creatures in A Quiet Place are blind and hunt via hearing, then why is their hearing threshold only slightly better than a human's whenever someone is two feet away from them? Can they not hear heartbeats? Breathing? Fear-induced bowel movements?”

7. Ant-Man (2015)

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Ant-Man,” one replied. “Do the things that shrink keep their density or not? Paul Rudd is shrunk down and still packs the punching power of a grown man in tiny size, but a tank can be shrunk down and carried on a key chain?”

8. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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“My standout Star Wars continuity error is when young Anakin activates C-3PO while he's still a build-in-progress. Anakin goes to plug in the C-3PO eye, picking up the eye part with one hand and installing the eye using his opposite hand in the next cut,” one Star Wars fan declared. 

9. Batman Returns (1992)

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Batman Returns. Bruce rips his mask off, and his eye makeup is gone,” someone noted. “I like that Matt Reeves fixed this in the new The Batman,” another volunteered. 

10. Superman Returns (2006)

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“The entire conflict of Superman Returns,” shared one. “Lex Luthor brilliantly creates an entire island made of kryptonite. Superman can't stop him there! But five rent-a-cops in a dingy could,” shared one disgruntled fan. 

11. Monsters University (2013)

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Monsters Inc. Mike: You have always been jealous of me since the fourth grade. Next movie, they meet while in college,” said one. Another agreed, “It has always bothered me!”

12. Gremlins (1984)

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“I just watched the original Gremlins,” confessed one. “They realize they can't get wet but are all running around in the snow the entire movie—also, the bar scene where they're all drinking beer, and it gets splashed around a lot.”

“It's not meant to be a serious movie. But the whole first 30 minutes is setting the rules. Then like 3/4 of the film, they make no difference after Stripe falls into the pool and multiplies like crazy.”

13. The Dark Knight (2008)

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“I want to make it clear I LOVE the movie, and this doesn’t affect my enjoyment of it at all besides a ‘well huh’ every time I watch it. However, the dinner party scene in The Dark Knight, just ending after Bruce catches Rachel, has always stuck out to me,” shared one.

“There’s no explanation or follow-up, the scene ends, and the Joker somehow gets out of the Wayne building, and Bruce doesn’t try to catch him despite being on the ground while they’re all upstairs.”

14. The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid wins the match with a kick to the face when kicks to the face get you disqualified,” stated one. A few people argued about the rule not being relevant to the third Karate Kid film before one said, “Daniel is the true bully. Watch Cobra Kai.”

15. King Kong (1976)

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“An old one: Why did the natives build a big door for King Kong to get through? And why couldn't he climb over the wall anyway? He climbed the frickin' Empire State Building!” one user exclaimed. 

16. Beauty and The Beast (1991)

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“Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In the opening sequence, the Beast rips his portrait to shreds with his claws from the upper left corner to the bottom right. Later in the movie, when Belle discovers the picture, it's torn from the bottom left to the upper right corner,” another reported. 

17. Back to The Future (1985)

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One user noted, “Back to the Future is a great movie, but in the final scene, Doc comes back and says quick Marty, you need to go with me now into the future. It's your kids. Why does he have to hurry? It's a Time Machine!”

18. The Goonies (1985)

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In The Goonies, when the Fratellis are kidnapping Chunk, the driver starts singing, and you can still hear him in the next shot. But his reflection in the side mirror is just still. First continuity error I noticed as a kid, and it sticks with me,” one answered.

19. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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“In the climactic fight scene towards the end of The Dark Knight Rises, after Batman has freed the Gotham Police force from the sewers and they go to confront Bane's thugs.”

“Despite both opposing groups being armed, and there is at least some exchange of gunfire at the beginning, both sides quickly seem to forget that they possess firearms and instead engage in a massive hand-to-hand brawl,” one user confirmed. 

20. Double Jeopardy (1999)

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“The entire premise of the Ashley Judd movie Double Jeopardy has always bothered me,” shared one. “It says that if you're wrongly convicted of killing someone who faked his death, you can kill them for real after you get paroled and not face any legal consequences.

“It's one big hole for a plot. The person who told her that was a former lawyer, and her parole officer (another former lawyer and law professor) didn't correct her and even helped her hunt down her ex-husband.”

Double Jeopardy Cellmates

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“Any lawyer would know it was BS, and I would have thought that even a regular person would instinctively know that there's no legal loophole that will let you hunt someone down and kill them in cold blood.”

21. Jurassic Park (1993)

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“The elevation change in the T-Rex paddock in Jurassic Park. No matter what the defenders say, that gap in the electric fence was not wide enough to warrant two massively different elevations. The 100ft drop was ridiculous,” one suggested. 

22. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

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A Marvel fan asked, “If Thor could share his powers like in Thor: Love of and Thunder with others, then why didn't he do that in Avengers: Endgame?' Another answered, “He can’t. But Zeus' lightning bolt let him do that.” However, many argued that it wasn't explained in the film. 

23. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

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Top Gun: Maverick,” one stated. “There is no way anyone survives a crash at Mach 10. But I still love the movie.” Another argued, “Top Gun: Maverick is Star Wars with fighter jets.” Finally, a third added, “Star Wars is Dambusters with spaceships and no awkwardly named dogs.”

24. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” one asked. “Why didn't she make the article up once she started falling in love with Matthew McCaughey? I know there's journalistic integrity and stuff, but she didn't have to keep torturing the guy. When she was at his parent's, playing cards with his whole family was an excellent time to pull back on it.”

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25. Forrest Gump (1994)

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Finally, someone noted, “Forrest Gump. When Forrest realized that little Forrest was his son was one of the most emotional moments in the film, AND THAT IRON IN THE BACK KEEPS SWITCHING POSITIONS!!! I can’t ever unsee it now. And you won’t either. You’re welcome.”

This thread inspired this post.

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