History IdiotPlot / LiveActionFilm

28th Aug '16 11:51:33 AM nombretomado
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* The 2004 DisneyChannel Original Movie ''Stuck in the Suburbs'' follows the life and times of a teenage girl who accidentally switches cell phones with a celebrity pop singer and proceeds to royally screw with his life for teh lulz. The entire plot hinges on the assumption that a famous musical artist wouldn't cancel his phone service and buy a new device as soon as he discovered the mix-up, or at least get someone who works for him to.

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* The 2004 DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie ''Stuck in the Suburbs'' follows the life and times of a teenage girl who accidentally switches cell phones with a celebrity pop singer and proceeds to royally screw with his life for teh lulz. The entire plot hinges on the assumption that a famous musical artist wouldn't cancel his phone service and buy a new device as soon as he discovered the mix-up, or at least get someone who works for him to.
23rd Aug '16 2:06:00 AM ShorinBJ
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** ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': Has the infamous destruction of the ''Enterprise''-D at the hands of a Klingon ship that is a quarter century old. These specific 'idiot plot' points are: 1) Geordi accidentally compromises the shield frequencies, because Beverly gave him the all-clear to return to duty without anybody thinking to check his visor despite it having compromised the ship before; 2) Worf fails to put up much of a fight against the Klingons, such as using the hundreds of phaser strips we ''know'' the ship has because we saw them used on the TV show... in fact he is ordered to fire a spread of torpedoes but we only see a single one lauched, and Enterprise takes a ridiculous amount of time to come about and even face the enemy; 3) Nobody suggests rotating a shield frequencies, a tactic which had been used successfully in battle situations on the TV series; 4) once the "battle" is over, Geordi is inexplicably unable to fix a coolant leak, or eject the warp core; 5) Riker, despite being repeatedly shilled as one of the best pilots in Starfleet, orders Deanna, the ship's counsellor, to take the helm instead of doing it himself (or, you know, getting another qualified pilot to take the seat instead). The combination of each of the characters having a firm grasp of the IdiotBall is why the ship goes down, when by their usual level of professionalism there's no way it would've panned out that way.

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** ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': Has the infamous destruction of the ''Enterprise''-D at the hands of a Klingon ship that is a quarter century old. These specific 'idiot plot' points are: 1) Geordi accidentally compromises the shield frequencies, because Beverly gave him the all-clear to return to duty without anybody thinking to check his visor despite it having compromised the ship before; 2) Worf fails to put up much of a fight against the Klingons, such as using the hundreds of phaser strips we ''know'' the ship has because we saw them used on the TV show... in fact he is ordered to fire a spread of torpedoes but we only see a single one lauched, launched, and Enterprise takes a ridiculous amount of time to come about and even face the enemy; 3) Nobody suggests rotating a shield frequencies, a tactic which had been used successfully in battle situations on the TV series; 4) once the "battle" is over, Geordi is inexplicably unable to fix a coolant leak, or eject the warp core; 5) Riker, despite being repeatedly shilled as one of the best pilots in Starfleet, orders Deanna, the ship's counsellor, counselor, to take the helm instead of doing it himself (or, you know, getting another qualified pilot to take the seat instead). The combination of each of the characters having a firm grasp of the IdiotBall is why the ship goes down, when by their usual level of professionalism there's no way it would've panned out that way.



** Monkeys infected with a deadly and highly contagious virus, that makes them super aggressive and can spread by the slightest scratch or bite are held in steel frame cages? Check! A scientist discovers activists trying to release the monkeys, and tries to get them to stop by [[PoorCommunicationKills cryptically telling them]] the monkeys are infect with "Rage" and leaving it at that? Check! Said activists see said scientists getting all panicked about it, but don't bother finding out what he is so afraid of? Check, check, and double check!

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** Monkeys infected with a deadly and highly contagious virus, that makes them super aggressive and can spread by the slightest scratch or bite are held in steel frame cages? Check! A scientist discovers activists trying to release the monkeys, and tries to get them to stop by [[PoorCommunicationKills cryptically telling them]] the monkeys are infect infected with "Rage" and leaving it at that? Check! Said activists see said scientists getting all panicked about it, but don't bother finding out what he is so afraid of? Check, check, and double check!



** That's not even the start of it. For no reason whatsoever, they ''turn off the lights'' which not only lowers visibility and harder to see the (so far) lone infected coming, but greatly panics the civilians before it even shows up. Wouldn't it have been easier/safer to tell everyone to stay in their rooms? And what's more, the infection started because a man tried to see his wife (who was an [[TyphoidMary asymptomatic carrier]] of the virus) was able to enter the room. The room was ''completely'' unguarded, despite the military being well aware that she had the virus.

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** That's not even the start of it. For no reason whatsoever, they ''turn off the lights'' which not only lowers visibility and harder to see the (so far) lone infected coming, but greatly panics the civilians before it even shows up. Wouldn't it have been easier/safer to tell everyone to stay in their rooms? And what's more, the infection started because a man tried to see his wife (who was an [[TyphoidMary asymptomatic carrier]] of the virus) and was able to enter the room. The room was ''completely'' unguarded, despite the military being well aware that she had the virus.
23rd Aug '16 12:56:03 AM ShorinBJ
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* The entire plot of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is kept in motion only because the characters make idiotic decisions, don't notice obvious stuff, or just plain act like idiots, in contrast to the first film, which had a rather sophisticated plot. In the film's beginning, Doc decides to take Jennifer & Marty to the future to help out their kids instead of simply telling them to raise their children better so they'll have a better outcome. Furthermore, ''[[WhatAnIdiot Doc brings Jennifer with him to the future]]''. When they arrive in 2015, Doc and Marty don't keep Jennifer locked in the [=DeLorean=] so she won't see her older self and cause a RealityBreakingParadox. Later on, when Marty is chasing after young!Biff in his car, Biff doesn't notice the person talking loudly in the back of his car in a walkie-talkie to Doc. ''[[OverlyLongGag Then]]'', when 1955!Doc & 1985!Doc are in the same vicinity, 1955!Doc doesn't recognize that 1985!Doc is him from the future even though he just watched a video of him introducing the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] ''a few days ago''. We could go on and on.[[note]]The first movie's last scene was meant as a neat AndTheAdventureContinues ending, not a SequelHook. Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have said that if they knew they'd be making sequels, they would have done things differently.[[/note]]

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* The entire plot of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is kept in motion only because the characters make idiotic decisions, don't notice obvious stuff, or just plain act like idiots, in contrast to the first film, which had a rather sophisticated plot. In the film's beginning, Doc decides to take Jennifer & Marty to the future to help out their kids instead of simply telling them to raise their children better so they'll have a better outcome. Furthermore, ''[[WhatAnIdiot Doc brings Jennifer with him to the future]]''.future]]'', then immediately knocks her out, which eventually wears off, when the obvious thing would have been to leave her behind to begin with. When they arrive in 2015, Doc and Marty don't keep Jennifer locked in the [=DeLorean=] so she won't see her older self and cause a RealityBreakingParadox. Later on, when Marty is chasing after young!Biff in his car, Biff doesn't notice the person talking loudly in the back of his car in a walkie-talkie to Doc. ''[[OverlyLongGag Then]]'', when 1955!Doc & 1985!Doc are in the same vicinity, 1955!Doc doesn't recognize that 1985!Doc is him from the future even though he just watched a video of him introducing the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] ''a few days ago''. We could go on and on.[[note]]The first movie's last scene was meant as a neat AndTheAdventureContinues ending, not a SequelHook. Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have said that if they knew they'd be making sequels, they would have done things differently.[[/note]]
9th Aug '16 4:46:46 PM Ciara25
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*** The Trade Federation: After locking two Jedi in a chamber filled with poison gas, they decide to open the doors and send in the oh-so-defeatable battle droids to try to kill them, rather than waiting an hour or two for the Jedi to choke to death. Then they land their forces ''on the other side of the planet'' from their objective, a largely undefended, pacifist city. After capturing the queen, they decide to send her out of the secure, occupied palace for "processing" rather than making her sign the damn treaty. And once the queen escapes, they send away their entire fleet save for a single droid control ship to hold down the planet.

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*** The Trade Federation: After locking two Jedi in a chamber filled with poison gas, they decide to open the doors and send in the oh-so-defeatable battle droids to try to kill them, rather than waiting an hour or two for the Jedi to choke to death. Then they land their forces ''on the other side of the planet'' from their objective, a largely undefended, pacifist city. After capturing the queen, they decide to send her out of the secure, occupied palace for "processing" rather than making her sign the damn treaty.treaty that makes the invasion legal. And once the queen escapes, they send away their entire fleet save for a single droid control ship to hold down the planet.
31st Jul '16 4:53:27 PM Tuckerscreator
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Additionally, these balloons are for a friend's (a sentient pillow??) birthday party, but said pillow turns out to have the mentality and language capacity of a baby. While they do explain why the protagonists' can't just buy him more balloons (apparently they're the last five ones anywhere), no reason is said for why they can't just get him something else since, to be frank, he's not going to notice the difference.

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Additionally, these balloons are for a friend's (a sentient pillow??) birthday party, but said pillow turns out to have the mentality and language mental capacity of a baby. While they do explain why the protagonists' can't just buy him more balloons (apparently they're the last five magical ones anywhere), no reason is said for why they can't just get him something else since, to be frank, he's not going to notice the difference.
31st Jul '16 4:51:49 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'': The entire movie centers around the titular Oogieloves trying to reclaim five magical balloons they've lost, having to travel to them and complete odd tasks to get them back. Near the end of the film, they lose the balloons again and [[DeusExMachine blow kisses to call them back]]. There's no explanation for why they didn't do this before. Plausibly there could be a range limit, but there were many times when the balloons were just a few yards away and so could've been called to.\\

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* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'': The entire movie centers around the titular Oogieloves trying to reclaim five magical balloons they've lost, having to travel to them and complete odd tasks to get them back. Near the end of the film, they lose the balloons again and [[DeusExMachine [[DeusExMachina blow kisses to call them back]]. There's no explanation for why they didn't do this before. Plausibly there could be a range limit, but there were many times when the balloons were just a few yards away and so could've been called to.\\
31st Jul '16 4:51:26 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'': The entire movie centers around the titular Oogieloves trying to reclaim five magical balloons they've lost, having to travel to them and complete odd tasks to get them back. Near the end of the film, they lose the balloons again and [[DeuzExMachine blow kisses to call them back]]. There's no explanation for why they didn't do this before. Plausibly there could be a range limit, but there were many times when the balloons were just a few yards away and so could've been called to.\\

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* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'': The entire movie centers around the titular Oogieloves trying to reclaim five magical balloons they've lost, having to travel to them and complete odd tasks to get them back. Near the end of the film, they lose the balloons again and [[DeuzExMachine [[DeusExMachine blow kisses to call them back]]. There's no explanation for why they didn't do this before. Plausibly there could be a range limit, but there were many times when the balloons were just a few yards away and so could've been called to.\\
30th Jul '16 11:35:10 PM Tuckerscreator
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** The couple's lesson from all this is that if they were to do it again, [[spoiler:they would make better mistakes]]. The agency thus lets them having a kid, despite hearing a testimony of complete irresponsibility.

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** The couple's lesson from all this is that if they were to do it again, [[spoiler:they they would make "make better mistakes]]. mistakes?". The agency thus lets them having a kid, despite hearing a testimony of complete irresponsibility.irresponsibility.
* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'': The entire movie centers around the titular Oogieloves trying to reclaim five magical balloons they've lost, having to travel to them and complete odd tasks to get them back. Near the end of the film, they lose the balloons again and [[DeuzExMachine blow kisses to call them back]]. There's no explanation for why they didn't do this before. Plausibly there could be a range limit, but there were many times when the balloons were just a few yards away and so could've been called to.\\
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Additionally, these balloons are for a friend's (a sentient pillow??) birthday party, but said pillow turns out to have the mentality and language capacity of a baby. While they do explain why the protagonists' can't just buy him more balloons (apparently they're the last five ones anywhere), no reason is said for why they can't just get him something else since, to be frank, he's not going to notice the difference.
27th Jul '16 2:22:22 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* The entire plot of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is kept in motion only because the characters make idiotic decisions, don't notice obvious stuff, or just plain act like idiots, in contrast to the first film, which had a rather sophisticated plot. In the film's beginning, Doc decides to take Jennifer & Marty to the future to help out their kids instead of simply telling them to raise their children better so they'll have a better outcome. Furthermore, ''[[WhatAnIdiot Doc brings Jennifer with him to the future]]''. When they arrive in 2015, Doc and Marty don't keep Jennifer locked in the [=DeLorean=] so she won't see her older self and cause a RealityBreakingParadox. Later on, when Marty is chasing after young!Biff in his car, Biff doesn't notice the person talking loudly in the back of his car in a walkie-talkie to Doc. ''[[OverlyLongGag Then]]'', when 1955!Doc & 1985!Doc are in the same vicinity, 1955!Doc doesn't recognize that 1985!Doc is him from the future even though he just watched a video of him introducing the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] ''a few days ago''. We could go on and on.

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* The entire plot of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is kept in motion only because the characters make idiotic decisions, don't notice obvious stuff, or just plain act like idiots, in contrast to the first film, which had a rather sophisticated plot. In the film's beginning, Doc decides to take Jennifer & Marty to the future to help out their kids instead of simply telling them to raise their children better so they'll have a better outcome. Furthermore, ''[[WhatAnIdiot Doc brings Jennifer with him to the future]]''. When they arrive in 2015, Doc and Marty don't keep Jennifer locked in the [=DeLorean=] so she won't see her older self and cause a RealityBreakingParadox. Later on, when Marty is chasing after young!Biff in his car, Biff doesn't notice the person talking loudly in the back of his car in a walkie-talkie to Doc. ''[[OverlyLongGag Then]]'', when 1955!Doc & 1985!Doc are in the same vicinity, 1955!Doc doesn't recognize that 1985!Doc is him from the future even though he just watched a video of him introducing the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] ''a few days ago''. We could go on and on. [[note]]The first movie's last scene was meant as a neat AndTheAdventureContinues ending, not a SequelHook. Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have said that if they knew they'd be making sequels, they would have done things differently.[[/note]]
9th Jul '16 8:18:48 PM jormis29
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* ''The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'' was this and more. Here's a couple reasons why:

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* ''The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'' ''Film/TheOddLifeOfTimothyGreen'' was this and more. Here's a couple reasons why:
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