September 27, 2023

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19 Continuity Errors In Movies You Love That You Will Now, Unfortunately, Never Be Able To Unsee

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It’s well-documented on BuzzFeed dot com that one of my personal favorite subreddits to lurk in is r/movies: a subreddit specifically for movie lovers and everything that entails.

A man saying “I love movies. Gosh, I love movies!”


Well, recently, user u/KillerQ97 asked, “Which continuity error or plot hole in a movie always sticks out in your mind?” and you better believe people came through with all kinds of incredibly distracting answers I now will never be able to unsee — and if I have to see them, so do you!

A man says "I've made a huge mistake"

A man says “I’ve made a huge mistake”


So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the most popular responses shared:

1.Monsters Inc. (2001)

A monster says "You've been jealous of my good looks since the 4th grade"


“Mike tells Sully he’s been jealous of him since ‘the 4th grade,’ but then, in the next movie, it shows that they first meet while in college.”


You can watch the scenes in question here:

And here:

2.Batman Returns (1992)

Batman has eye make-up one moment, then the next, it's gone

Warner Bros.

“Bruce rips his mask off and his eye makeup is gone.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

3.A Quiet Place (2018)

Two children run through a corn field

Jonny Cournoyer / ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

“The perfect fields of corn. How the fuck do you run planters and harvesters quietly?!”


You can watch the scene in question here:

4.Mean Girls (2004)

A teenage boy and girl jump, holding popcorn

Paramount Pictures

“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 when the camera cuts back to them, the popcorn bowl is full again.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

5.Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The rips on the Beast's portrait change directions

Walt Disney Pictures

“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 portrait, it’s torn from bottom left to upper right corner.”


You can watch the scenes in question here:

And here:

6.The Butterfly Effect (2004)

A man in a prison

New Line Cinema / ©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection

“It is shown repeatedly, 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. 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, at one point, Kutcher is in a prison cell and attempts to make another prisoner believe his powers. So he travels back in time, stabs his hands and goes back to the prison. Despite even 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.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

7.The Karate Kid (1984)

A teenage boy kicks another teenage boy in the face

Columbia Pictures

“He wins the match with a kick to the face when they say that kicks to the face get you DQ’d.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

8.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter sees Peter Pettigrew's name on a map

Warner Bros.

“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?”


You can watch the scene in question here:

9.Gremlins (1984)

A gremlin swings from the ceiling in a bar

Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros / courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

“I just watched the original one and realized they ‘can’t get wet,’ but are all running around in snow the entire movie. Also, during the bar scene when they’re all drinking beer, it gets splashed around a lot. It’s not meant to be a serious movie, but the whole first 30 minutes is setting up the ‘rules,’ then like 3/4ths of the movie they make no difference after Stripe falls into the pool and multiplies like crazy.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

10.The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

A group of men have zero facial hair

Warner Bros.

“The fact the cops were said to be trapped underground for, what? Months? Yet no one looked like they even have five o’clock shadow, and their uniforms were still perfectly fine.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

11.Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A man holds a very, very tall stick in the air

Paramount Pictures

“They get the height of the staff from the headpiece at ‘six Kadam high,’ which Indiana Jones says is ‘about 72 inches.’ Then the old man says the other side of the headpiece says to ‘take back one Kadam’ to honor God. So, if ‘six Kadam’ is ‘about 72 inches,’ that means ‘one Kadam’ is 12 inches, so a ‘Kadam’ is about one foot, so the staff is 6 feet high. Then ‘take back one Kadam’ would put the staff at five feet, right Harrison Ford is over six feet tall, and the staff should be five feet — so why is the staff like 10 feet when they show him in the Well of Souls?”


You can watch the scenes in question here:

And here:

12.The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

A pressurized pipe explodes

Columbia Pictures

“It’s one of my favorite films. I believe, as well as many others do, it’s a masterpiece. But there is one particular scene in that movie that makes no sense to me: after Andy crawls through his self-made tunnel and climbs down to where the sewage pipe is, he then grabs a rock and begins to strike the pipe whenever there is loud thunder. After a few hits, the sewer pipe breaks, and sewage spews upwards like a geyser and douses Andy. I’ve always wondered why that happened? Are the contents of the sewer pipe under pressure? Andy ends up crawling 500 yards to his freedom through the pipe, but at the end of it, there isn’t a covering or anything and it just empties out into a stream. So it seems obvious to me that the sewage inside isn’t pressurized?”


You can watch the scene in question here:

13.Twilight (2008)

A teenager girls shakes a ketchup bottle

Summit Entertainment

“The way Bella keeps shaking the ketchup bottle at her plate, yet theres no ketchup coming out—but she has ketchup. Anytime I feel sad, I remember this and laugh.”


(There is inexplicably no video clip for this scene online, so please enjoy this gif instead):

14.Forrest Gump (1994)

An iron on an ironing board movies around in the background

Paramount Pictures

“The moment when Forrest realized that little Forrest is his son — one of the most emotional moments in the film — AND THAT DAMN IRON IN THE BACKGROUND KEEPS SWITCHING POSITIONS! I can’t ever unsee it, and now, you won’t either. You’re welcome.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

15.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

A man's eyes are opened and closed in the same scene

New Line Cinema

“Frodo’s eyes switch between being open and being closed depending on the camera angle after he gets paralyzed by Shelob. In an otherwise flawless franchise, I can’t unsee this mistake. I hate it.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

16.Aladdin (1993)

A tiger eats a man's undergarments

Walt Disney Pictures

“The first suitor for Jasmine has his pants bitten through by Rajah the tiger and you can see his boxers, yet, in the tiger’s mouth afterward, it’s the same fabric as the suitor’s boxers, when it should be the same color as his pants instead.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

17.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004)

Pirate zombies walk underwater

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

“If the pirates in the first one were able to walk on the sea floor, why were they so concerned with Elizabeth’s threat to drop the medallion in the port in the beginning of the movie? If what they said is true and the ‘gold calls to us,’ then they should have no problem jumping in right after it.”


You can watch the scenes in question here:

And here:

18.Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

A guard has a knife in one shot, but the knife is missing in the next shot

Lucasfilm Ltd.

“During Snoke’s throne room fight scene, one of the troopers has Rey in a position where he could easily stab her in back, ending their fight, but the editors realized this way too late, so they instead edited out the dagger at the exact moment he could have stabbed her.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

And finally, this A+ rant:

19.Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A reindeer with a glowing red nose


“According to the song, Rudolph’s nose is shiny. And, if you ever saw it — it’s so shiny — you would even say it glows. But it doesn’t actually glow! It’s just so shiny it looks like it’s glowing! Therefore, his nose can only glow when another light source is shining on it. So, Rudolph wouldn’t have lit shit on that foggy Christmas Eve unless Santa had another light shining on him, which, if he had, would negate the need for Rudolph in the first place. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk.”


You can watch the scene in question here:

You’ve read their examples, but now it’s your turn! Which continuity errors did they miss? Share the ones you’ve noticed in the comments below!

Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.