History IdiotPlot / LiveActionFilm

18th Feb '17 7:52:16 PM kentman1984
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** Then there's also this part: Bastian is trying to climb up to the top of a tower. Problem: He's outside and the walls are too smooth to grab on to. So he decides to wish for steps in the wall on which he could climb (not very stupid). At about the half way point, the steps stop and Bastian can't get higher unless there are more. While a normal person would just wish for there to be enough steps to make it to the top, Bastian does something that takes more time and was much more harmful to him. He wishes for more steps. '''''INDIVIDUALLY.''''' That's right, he makes 20 or so wishes that are the exact same thing, "I wish there was another step! And another! ..." Even if Bastian DIDN'T know that he was losing his memories at that point, he still wasted valuable time and wishes doing something a five year old would have been able to do more competently.

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** Then there's also this part: Bastian is trying to climb up to the top of a tower. Problem: He's outside and the walls are too smooth to grab on to. So he decides to wish for steps in the wall on which he could climb (not very stupid). At about the half way point, the steps stop and Bastian can't get higher unless there are more.msore. While a normal person would just wish for there to be enough steps to make it to the top, Bastian does something that takes more time and was much more harmful to him. He wishes for more steps. '''''INDIVIDUALLY.''''' That's right, he makes 20 or so wishes that are the exact same thing, "I wish there was another step! And another! ..." Even if Bastian DIDN'T know that he was losing his memories at that point, he still wasted valuable time and wishes doing something a five year old would have been able to do more competently.



* The 2013 French film ''Stranger By the Lake'' requires nearly all of its characters being dumber than a bucket of rocks for it to work, but worse, its protagonist is a walking, talking IdiotBall. The film takes place at a beach that's a popular cruising spot for [[HaveAGayOldTime gay, middle-aged men]], where a handsome man goes to cruise. He chooses to have unsafe sex throughout the film despite multiple characters warning him and takes to a guy he is attracted to, but watches said guy drown another out in the open. Despite this he continues to after him, and even after he slits another character's throat near the end, he's still in love by the end of the film. The detective who visits after the drowning doesn't once think to ask more investigative questions, even when he becomes suspicious of the protagonist.

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* The 2013 French film ''Stranger By the Lake'' ''Film/StrangerByTheLake'' requires nearly all of its characters being dumber than a bucket of rocks for it to work, but worse, its protagonist is a walking, talking IdiotBall. The film takes place at a beach that's a popular cruising spot for [[HaveAGayOldTime gay, middle-aged men]], where a handsome man goes to cruise. He chooses to have unsafe sex throughout the film despite multiple characters warning him and takes to a guy he is attracted to, but watches said guy drown another out in the open. Despite this he continues to after him, and even after he slits another character's throat near the end, he's still in love by the end of the film. The detective who visits after the drowning doesn't once think to ask more investigative questions, even when he becomes suspicious of the protagonist.
13th Feb '17 3:43:06 PM skadooshbag
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**Actually, ''this'' video explains just about all of that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpEx7pdp2-Q
13th Feb '17 3:06:09 PM skadooshbag
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* ''Film/GodsNotDead'' is about a HollywoodAtheist forcing his philosophy students to sign paper that reads "God is dead" or else they will fail his class. The movie [[HandWave hand waves]] the main character not dropping the class, but completely ignores one pretty glaring error. Apparently the dean of the college is unaware this is going on, because if he did, he would throw that teacher out of the university, or at the very least have a talk with him to tell him to knock it off. But this is never even brought up, and none of the 80 students or any of their friends they told, or any teachers aware of this, bothered to let the dean know that such blatant discrimination was occurring on campus.

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* *Naturally for a movie made by Fundamentalists, ''Film/GodsNotDead'' is about a HollywoodAtheist forcing his philosophy students to sign paper that reads "God is dead" or else they will fail his class. The movie [[HandWave hand waves]] the main character not dropping the class, but completely ignores one pretty glaring error. Apparently the dean of the college is unaware this is going on, because if he did, he would throw that teacher out of the university, or at the very least have a talk with him to tell him to knock it off. But this is never even brought up, and none of the 80 students or any of their friends they told, or any teachers aware of this, bothered to let the dean know that such blatant discrimination was occurring on campus.
8th Feb '17 3:03:53 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Cyberbully}}'' is this trope, as the entire plot consists of the main character creating an account on a social media site, then becoming depressed and suicidal because some kids from school make fun of her on it. She could just ignore their posts, or delete her account like her mother tells her to several times, or just block the bullies, but she doesn't.

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* ''Film/{{Cyberbully}}'' ''Film/Cyberbully2011'' is this trope, as the entire plot consists of the main character creating an account on a social media site, then becoming depressed and suicidal because some kids from school make fun of her on it. She could just ignore their posts, or delete her account like her mother tells her to several times, or just block the bullies, but she doesn't.
17th Jan '17 3:37:38 PM Gravityman
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After Reed escapes military custody, the entire US government, with all its resources at its disposal, are totally unable to figure out where he might be hiding. Susan finds his location by simply using the places he was spotted in to narrow down a search area, about the most basic tracking technique in the book.\\
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16th Jan '17 7:41:08 PM Laina
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* ''Film/DolphinTale'' starts off as a movie with a reasonable and believable plot, but evolves into a story where the climax makes no real sense, being resolved in the end by a series of events that made no logical sense. [[spoiler: A race is planned for a crippled guy to be pitted against a state champ. In the end, the crippled guy lets the dolphin take his place, but this makes no sense because the race was planned prior to having any idea that the dolphin could swim with the prosthetic tail or that it would even cooperate. This was all done as a fund-raiser where the charity fund is out of money, spending what looks like enough money to fund the organization for a long time, money that could have been spent on funding and paying bills rather than trying to raise funds. The main event of the fund-raiser is to watch a crippled guy race a state champ. In the end, despite having the fund-raising event that was a huge success and the dolphin participating in the race, this still isn't enough, so the man who was trying take over the property in the first place steps up and resolves the problem within seconds by promising to fund the charity for 20 years. End of problem.]]

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* ''Film/DolphinTale'' starts off as a movie with a reasonable and believable plot, but evolves into a story where the climax makes no real sense, being resolved in the end by a series of events that made no logical sense. [[spoiler: A race is planned for a crippled disabled guy to be pitted against a state champ. In the end, the crippled disabled guy lets the dolphin take his place, but this makes no sense because the race was planned prior to having any idea that the dolphin could swim with the prosthetic tail or that it would even cooperate. This was all done as a fund-raiser where the charity fund is out of money, spending what looks like enough money to fund the organization for a long time, money that could have been spent on funding and paying bills rather than trying to raise funds. The main event of the fund-raiser is to watch a crippled disabled guy race a state champ. In the end, despite having the fund-raising event that was a huge success and the dolphin participating in the race, this still isn't enough, so the man who was trying take over the property in the first place steps up and resolves the problem within seconds by promising to fund the charity for 20 years. End of problem.]]
13th Jan '17 7:21:19 PM h31r-of-l1f3
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* In ''Film/BestLaidPlans'', the entire plot is moronic, but the viewer doesn't learn this until near the end. It starts with a deadbeat kid (Nick) learning that he's inheriting nothing from his dad (he'd expected to get a tidy sum of money so he could move away and start a new life). Nick meets a girl (Creator/ReeseWitherspoon). They hit it off and become a couple. A co-worker asks Nick to help him rip off a drug dealer. Nick would get $10,000 just for driving. Nick agrees, they pull off the job, but end up getting caught by the drug dealer who demands Nick pay him $15,000 in return. Nick then plots to steal a valuable artifact from a house where his friend is house-sitting. To keep his friend from reporting the theft, he sets up a scenario where his girlfriend has to sleep with his friend and she threatens to charge him with rape. The friend panics and cuffs the girlfriend to a pool table and calls Nick. Nick pretends to kill his girlfriend and puts her in the trunk of his car. The drug dealers steal his car, then let him walk home where they're waiting for him, so the reason for stealing the car is beyond me. When they ask him for the money, he finds out it was all a scam because there are peanut shells on the floor and his supposedly-dead friend eats peanuts. He realizes they weren't drug dealers after all. They were college graduates who set up the elaborate scam to pay off their student loans. Aside from the other intricacies of the plot, four guys committing numerous felonies and faking the death of Nick's co-worker hardly seems worthwhile when the payoff is only $3,750 each, which would only make a small dent in most student loans. Plus, their reasoning was overly optimistic. They had thought he had inherited some money, but then assumed he would turn right around and pay the $15,000 on demand.

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* In ''Film/BestLaidPlans'', the entire plot is moronic, but the viewer doesn't learn this until near the end. It starts with a deadbeat kid (Nick) learning that he's inheriting nothing from his dad (he'd expected to get a tidy sum of money so he could move away and start a new life). Nick meets a girl (Creator/ReeseWitherspoon). They hit it off and become a couple. A co-worker asks Nick to help him rip off a drug dealer. Nick would get $10,000 just for driving. Nick agrees, they pull off the job, but end up getting caught by the drug dealer who demands Nick pay him $15,000 in return. Nick then plots to steal a valuable artifact from a house where his friend is house-sitting. To keep his friend from reporting the theft, he sets up a scenario where his girlfriend has to sleep with his friend and she threatens to charge him with rape. The friend panics and cuffs the girlfriend to a pool table and calls Nick. Nick pretends to kill his girlfriend and puts her in the trunk of his car. The drug dealers steal his car, then let him walk home where they're waiting for him, so the reason for stealing the car is beyond me.human understanding. When they ask him for the money, he finds out it was all a scam because there are peanut shells on the floor and his supposedly-dead friend eats peanuts. He realizes they weren't drug dealers after all. They were college graduates who set up the elaborate scam to pay off their student loans. Aside from the other intricacies of the plot, four guys committing numerous felonies and faking the death of Nick's co-worker hardly seems worthwhile when the payoff is only $3,750 each, which would only make a small dent in most student loans. Plus, their reasoning was overly optimistic. They had thought he had inherited some money, but then assumed he would turn right around and pay the $15,000 on demand.
13th Jan '17 10:19:59 AM PersonalPOV
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* ''Don't Breathe'': The female protagonist wants money to support herself and her sister, so what does she do? Instead of, you know, ''getting a job'', she participates in a house robbery orchestrated by her boyfriend. Of course, she doesn't expect everyone, herself included, to risk being killed by an insane veteran living in the house they're in...

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* ''Don't Breathe'': ''Film/DontBreathe'': The female protagonist wants money to support herself and her sister, so what does she do? Instead of, you know, ''getting a job'', she participates in a house robbery orchestrated by her boyfriend. Of course, she doesn't expect everyone, herself included, to risk being killed by an insane veteran living in the house they're in...



* ''Film/EvilDead2013'''s plot is set in motion when a group of unidentified people in the opening scene who have the cursed book ''Necronomicon ex Mortis'' in their possession leave said book in plain sight on a table in the basement of a cabin they've broken into. Just to be clear, they ''know'' exact what the ''Necronomicon'' is and what it's capable of, yet not only do they leave it for the owners of the cabin to find, they go through the trouble of ''wrapping it in barbed wire'', calling even more attention to it. No explanation is ever given for why these people are somehow smart enough to understand the book's power yet stupid enough to honestly think that putting barbed wire on it would actually discourage anyone from just grabbing some wire cutters (which they apparently ''also'' left in the cabin) and reading it anyway. As a double-whammy, the reason the actual main characters come to the cabin is just as stupid; they're forcing their friend Mia to stay there as part of her latest attempt to kick her cocaine habit, even though an unpleasant environment away from any medical care is the ''absolute worst'' place for Mia to be, and no matter how many times she makes very good points about the cabin being a bad idea, the others ''just won't let her leave.''

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* ''Film/EvilDead2013'''s plot is set in motion when a group of unidentified people in the opening scene who have the cursed book ''Necronomicon ex Mortis'' ''Naturum Demonto'' in their possession leave said book in plain sight on a table in the basement of a cabin they've broken into. Just to be clear, they ''know'' exact what the ''Necronomicon'' ''Demonto'' is and what it's capable of, yet not only do they leave it for the owners of the cabin to find, they go through the trouble of ''wrapping it in barbed wire'', calling even more attention to it. No explanation is ever given for why these people are somehow smart enough to understand the book's power yet stupid enough to honestly think that putting barbed wire on it would actually discourage anyone from just grabbing some wire cutters (which they apparently ''also'' left in the cabin) and reading it anyway. As a double-whammy, the reason the actual main characters come to the cabin is just as stupid; they're forcing their friend Mia to stay there as part of her latest attempt to kick her cocaine habit, even though an unpleasant environment away from any medical care is the ''absolute worst'' place for Mia to be, and no matter how many times she makes very good points about the cabin being a bad idea, the others ''just won't let her leave.''
24th Dec '16 12:57:04 PM INH5
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** No one in Magneto's army brings any weapons to the battle, even though they know that the government is using the mutant cure as a weapon. Considering that the guards on Alcatraz, as previously mentioned, were armed only with mutant cure darts, a handful of people with conventional guns could have easily wiped them out. Failing that, if the cured "pawns" had simply grabbed rocks, pieces of pipe, and other improvised weapons and charged the guards they could have, at the very least, distracted them long enough to allow the mutants that still had their powers to get close and take them out. Instead they seem to just completely give up when they lose their powers.
28th Nov '16 4:06:10 PM Gess
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* ''Film/TheMatrix'': The bloody conflict between the evil empire of machines that has conquered the Earth and "enslaved" the human race and the valiant human resistance ends after several centuries (and two sequels), when the evil machines basically say: "Fine, everyone who wants, can be released from the gruesome bonds of a relatively comfortable existance in the virtual replica of a normal world we've built for you and go live free in the squalor of a human anthill deep within the bowels of a dead planet that we still control, by the way." No, absolutely nothing was stopping them from doing it from the very start.
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