We live in an age where film fans basically relish poking holes in their favourite and not-so-favourite films alike, because why simply be entertained by a movie when you can treat it like a challenge to be conquered?
But sometimes fans do raise a genuine question about a movie's internal logic which categorically isn't answered in the film itself, and is perplexing enough that it genuinely passes muster as a plot hole.
In which case, with radio silence from the creators themselves, it falls to ever-inventive fans themselves to get to the bottom of the matter.
And while the majority of these solutions aren't strictly canon - or really canon at all - each nevertheless makes quite perfect sense with the facts as presented.
With the absence of any official explanation, these rock solid answers are about as good as we're ever going to get. Some are strange, others hilarious, and a few quite horrifying, but each lends crucial context to an aspect of the story or characters that otherwise just doesn't quite line up.
Here's to you, movie lovers, and your endless enthusiasm to fix what the screenwriters didn't...
9. How Can Kevin Order Pizza If The Phone Lines Are Down? - Home Alone
The Plot Hole
Kicking things off with an appropriately seasonal plot hole now - if the phone lines are down in the Chicago neighbourhood where Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) lives, then how is he able to use a phone to order a pizza?
Back in 2013, Redditor phire - an individual with some apparent experience in telecommunications technology - replied to a post pointing out this "plot hole" with a totally plausible explanation:
"I always assumed the tree actually severed the main trunk line to the whole town, but local calls within the same exchange still worked."
And even if you didn't want to take a random Redditor at their superficially convincing word, in 2015 The Huffington Post put the explanation to AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory Hank Hultquist.
Hultquist acknowledged that though phone systems are very different today, back in 1990 it was absolutely a "plausible scenario" for local calls to be possible while line damage prevented Kevin's parents calling him from Paris. Brilliant.