10 Famous Movies That Got Away With Half-Assed Plots

Terribly underwritten or badly explained plots... enjoyable movies, nonetheless.

Sometimes filmmakers find themselves embarking on a motion picture venture whereupon the plot ends up feeling muddled and confused, usually because shooting started before the screenplay was finalised, or because too many changes were made over the course of production and nobody could get a handle on what the story was supposed to be. Michael Bay's Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, is a prime example of this; the story sort of definitely doesn't make sense at all - so much so, in fact, that your only choice as a movie-goer is to just have to zone out and pretend there is no plot; otherwise it just hurts too much. And so Revenge of the Fallen is the (optimus) prime example of a movie with a half-assed plot that didn't get away with it in any regard. Occasionally, though, either because we're so invested in the established characters, or because the premise is so good, movie-goers will end up totally ignoring a half-assed plot. Because there are half-assed plots inherent to a lot of famous movies; movies that didn't feel it was necessary to actually carve out a proper narrative, or explain the intricate details. Sometimes it's not even clear what's happening at all from a story perspective, but you tell yourself that you weren't listening properly or something as not to spoil the fun. Chances are, you were listening just fine and the filmmakers have gotten away with a half-assed plot by either skirting around the issue or failing to address it. Here are 10 famous movies with plots that are, uh, well, not really, um, explained properly. At all. And yet - somehow - they all totally got away with it, and we continue to like and treasure them regardless. Go figure.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.