I’m not a critical movie watcher. You’ll guess this when I tell you that my favorites include How to Steal a Million Dollars, Sneakers, Laura, People Will Talk, Dial M for Murder, Sahara, Hopscotch, Moonstruck…. If you can find any pattern here, let me know.
Last week I came across Ghostbusters (the original) and although I wouldn’t call it a favorite, I like it enough to watch it again. About 2/3 of the way through the movie, Bill Murray’s character shows up for a date at the apartment of the Sigourney Weaver character. She has been taken over by an evil spirit and is waiting for the “key master”. Bill Murray calls his ghostbuster colleague and during the conversation he says “I’ve got her whacked up with 300 cc of Thorazine”. I’ve heard the line before in previous viewings but never thought much about it. Now I’m thinking “why does this guy have Thorazine on him to go on a date”? (And, of course, he’s a psychologist, so where would he even GET Thorazine?)
This made me think about other plot holes that I’ve willfully ignored over the years. In To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant gets dropped off at the beach club at Cannes in swim trunks. How does he get home with no clothing, no shoes, no money?
In Sneakers, all the bad guys are hanging out at their fake company in the middle of the night but for some reason the head bad guy isn’t hanging out in his office (which the good guys are breaking into). Why?
In Sahara, the bad guy is about to blow up his solar energy plant and is escaping in his helicopter. His henchman is left behind and instead of wondering why his boss has abandoned him and trying to get away from the plant, he’s still trying to throw Matthew McConaughey off the tower. Why?
In Dial M for Murder, Ray Milland says to Swann (the man he wants to murder his wife) that they only attended college together for a year, since Milland started during Swann’s final year. Then Milland pulls a photo off the wall, saying it’s a reunion photo and it shows Milland and Swann sitting at a table together. Why would they be at the same reunion if they were not in the same class?
Obviously these plot holes don’t keep me from watching these movies (repeatedly); I guess I get more from the movies than the logic of plot. But I do wonder how many plot holes I’ve missed over the years.
Do plot holes bother you? Can you watch something after you caught an error?