Questions tagged [plot-explanation]

Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points. Please also use the specific tag for the movie or TV series, if it exists.

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What exactly did Paulie do to "sell out" Don Corleone?

When Fredo and the Don stop to buy fruit at that little shop in The Godfather, it seems like a spur-of-the-moment decision, and not like Paulie could have known it in advance. I suppose it ...
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What country is Marta Cabrera from?

There's a running joke in Knives Out where the family members say Marta is from various South American countries: Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Columbia, and maybe several more. The actor is Cuban, but ...
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Why was the identity of Naruto's parents kept a secret from him?

In Naruto, at the beginning and for a very long time, we had no idea who Naruto's parents were. At first, I thought it was because they were unimportant nobodies, but not at all! So, why didn't the ...
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What "obligation" did Mank make?

In Mank (2020), Herman and Sara later attend an election night watch party at the Trocadero Nightclub. He wants to go double or nothin' on California Gubernatorial election to which L.B Mayer reacts ...
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What is Margot smoking / lighting up in the first shot?

In the very first shot you can see Margot lighting up something that appears to be a cigarette: But then in the second shot she appears to be smoking a 'regular' cigarette: You can notice that the ...
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Why does the police chief pick Ron Stallworth to be David Duke's police escort?

In BlacKkKlansman, when David Duke comes to Colorado Springs, the police chief assigns Ron Stallworth to be his police escort. Why?? Duke needs a police escort because there have been threats of ...
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Why were there two pages missing from the instruction manual?

In Chernobyl, there were two pages missing from the instruction manual, due to which workers were unable to perform last-minute things that may have prevented the meltdown. Why were the two pages not ...
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What "personal betrayal" is Charlie Lederer referring to?

This scene from Mank (2020) starts with a thick script hitting the table. A camera tilts up to show Charlie Lederer standing and holding a hat. Then a wider angle shot reveals Herman is sitting in a ...
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Narration done as verbal flashback story by "Billy the kid" in The Expendables 2 loses sense with the last part

For those who have seen The Expendables 2 and specially for it's dialogues, surely would recall that when Barney and his team are going for another mission(on instructions of Church as payback for ...
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Why does Alex Jones drink whiskey while doing bench push ups?

In the new documentary, this place rules, Andrew is seen doing bench push ups with Alex Jones. Alex Jones is seen doing bench push ups while drinking whiskey and saying 1776 at the same time. Why ...
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Why do the staff follow Slowik’s plan knowingly?

In the movie, The Menu, the celebrity chef Slowik All of Slowik's staff, there are a dozen of them, knowingly follow Slowik's plan to cook, As a celebrity chef, Slowik no doubt has ultimate respect ...
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Does the TV series Evil contain any actual supernatural events or is all character hallucinations?

I just watched seasons 1 to 3 of Evil, a series by Robert & Michelle King. The show involves a priest, a psychologist, and a skeptic investigating the supernatural. I watched this with a couple of ...
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Why the transformation?

The title is deliberately weak - this is a new series and I do not want to add any spoilers in the title. I will turn it into something better after some time In S01E02 of Wednesday, we see that ...
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Why did Hermie do this to Joe?

In Mank (2020), Joe and Hermie are sitting in a corner of a resturant. They both discuss about the Screen Writers Guild: Joe: Hermie, the guild's in its infancy. It needs you. Hermie: You're telling ...
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Who succeeded Tessio after his execution?

After Tessio was executed for setting Michael up, who took over his territory?
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How Jane/John/Baby and Barkeep/Agent Doe/Fizzle Bomber were connected in the "Predestination" ending? [duplicate]

After watching "Predestination (2014)", I could understand that: Similarly: But by showing the operation scars on the agent Doe's body, it was revealed that even: No plausible explanation ...
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Who found Llewelyn Moss and how?

Towards the end of the film, Sheriff Bell reaches the motel to find a firefight occurring and what seems to be some cartel members fleeing on a truck. He also sees the lady who had been flirting with ...
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What is the significance of Rasmus coughing in Black Mirror's Hated in the Nation?

In the season 3 episode of Black Mirror "Hated in the Nation" the protagonist DCI Karin Parke and her colleague Blue visit a company that creates honeybee-mimicking drone insects known as ...
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Why there is no apostrophe in Screen Writers Guild? [closed]

In Mank (2020), Joe and Hermie are sitting in a corner of a resturant. They both discuss about the Screen Writers Guild: Joe: Hermie, the guild's in its infancy. It needs you. Hermie: You're telling ...
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Why did he transfer 4 times the money?

In the Spanish film God's Crooked Lines, we are shown that Alvar has received almost 4 times the fees for Alice's fees. Castell finds evidence for this and Alvar swears that he has transferred the ...
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What is the origin story of the Santa character in Violent Night?

In the 2022 comedic and violent action, christmas movie Violent Night a real but disillusioned Santa character gets involved in saving a family from a bunch of violent robbers. At the start of the ...
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Whose body was in Marcie's closet?

At the beginning of Magnolia, Officer Kurring is sent to investigate an incident at a woman named Marcie's apartment, and finds a body in her bedroom closet — anyone know whose body it was?
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Why are there Hawaiians in First Cow?

First Cow is set in the Oregon frontier in 1820. In one part of the movie, one of the main characters, Cookie, passes out from a head injury and is rescued by a man and woman speaking a non-English ...
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What does "favorite New York moment" mean?

In the movie Serendipity (2001), in the following dialogue between Jonathan and Sara, I don't understand what Sara means when she says "Um, favorite New York moment.": Sara : Okay. Favorite ...
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Similarity between "The Road" and "The Stand"

While watching "The Road" (2009), I had a strong feeling of similarity of the movie with Stephen King's "The stand": survivors of a terrible disaster traveling to find a better ...
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What unroots the trees?

In the movie "The Road" (2009) there is a scene where the protagonists need to stop running and seek shelter (laying on the ground between the trunks of two fallen trees), as the trees ...
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Why didn't McGee get a promotion?

After Gibbs left NCIS, why didn't McGee get promoted to team leader? He has been on the team for 18+ years. When Gibbs took a sabbatical to Mexico after the explosion, Tony got the promotion to team ...
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Why didn't the prosecutor match the glasses' prescription to those of the suspects?

I just watched the movie Compulsion, staring Orson Welles and other well-known actors. I don't want to discuss the movie itself, just one aspect that seemed illogical (which I have a tendency to be ...
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Why does the Blonde forget about her earring?

In Following (1998), how come The Blonde gives up so easily when Cobb doesn't tell her where he put her earring? There is no excuse for Cobb to not tell her and teasing is not acceptable for a long ...
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What "kitchen" is Joe referring to?

In Mank (2020), Joe calls Mank, who is being massaged by a lady. Joe: I hear you're hunting dangerous game. Word on the street is radio's golden boy wants to go toe-to-toe with Willie Hearst, and ...
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In "No Country for Old Men," how did the electronic tracker help finding the cash?

In "No Country for Old Men," Llewelyn has a satchel containing money, and a lot of people are looking for it. Helpfully, from their point of view, the satchel also contains an electronic ...
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Why isn't Miles surprised by Andi's attendance?

Glass Onion was sure very fun and delightful to watch but the plot doesn't make much sense to me for reasons I'll explain below. I appreciate someone clearing up my confusions. So Miles knew that he ...
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Inter-enemy/opponent/stranger chitchat in True Grit -- is this found in other westerns?

NOTE although I have said this in comments already: The Coen brothers are not responsible for this dialog: it is in the original book and movie. To me an extremely striking feature of the movie True ...
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What would legally be the fate of the members of the lynch mob in The Ox-Bow Incident?

This is a pretty old movie that most people have probably not seen and I can't ask this question without diffuse spoilers, so if that bugs you, watch it first. But strictly speaking, having seen the ...
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Why did Phil do this to Howard at the end of “Uncut Gems?”

Just watched Uncut Gems (2019) for the first time and was thrown for a loop about the ending. The whole film is about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) seemingly endlessly gambling in his life: With money, ...
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Why didn't Joe answer Lederer's question?

At Paramount Studios scene from Mank (2020), Lederer met Joe. He came to realize that Joe is the brother of Herman, then he confessed to Joe that he didn't know Herman had a brother. Here Joe quotes ...
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Why was Raymond Reddington's immunity agreement not mentioned before the court case?

We see in S6E3 "The Pharmacist" that Red is forced to go through the (relatively short) process of defending himself despite being a confidential informant of the federal government. ...
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When an armed suspect is completely surrounded by police, why do the cops not shoot the suspect's hand to make him drop the gun?

Warning: Spoilers for Prison Break and Family Man. In Prison Break, when John Abruzzi (armed with a gun) is surrounded by the cops, FBI agent Alex Mahone tries to talk Abruzzi into dropping the gun. ...
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Why did Benny question Quaid's decision to go to the Last Resort?

Just before Quaid enters the brothel Last Resort, Benny tries to talk him out of it by mentioning another place where "the girls are cleaner, the liquor ain't watered down". However later on ...
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Huge continuity error in Top Gun Maverick?

In the very opening scene in Top Gun Maverick, Maverick rides his Motorcycle to the Air Force base where the mach 10 airplane is being held. When he does this, the sun is high in the sky and a few ...
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Reasons for the incapacity of the "people in red", when trying to stop Alice

I presume that the "people in red" were -- just like the simulated kids -- part of the simulation itself. The reason for that is the fact that they always appear (and then disappear), in ...
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Alice's mirror reflection in the bathtub scene – simulation glitch or an unexplored sub-plot?

In the film Don't Worry Darling, at about 57:10, there's a scene where Alice goes underwater in her tub, just after a conversation with Harry about having a baby. In that scene, there are several ...
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What "dog" is Mank referring to?

In a scene from Mank (2020), where a door bangs open. Light spills in, illuminating a bed room. Mank and his wife Sara are silhouetted in the doorway, his arms over her shoulder, she drags him to the ...
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Do we know who Driver is reporting to in Killing them Softly?

Driver is seen talking exclusively with Jackie throughout the movie. Jackie lets Driver know what needs to happen, and Driver often tells him that 'they aren't going to be happy about that.' Do we ...
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Who is the main protagonist in Sniper: Special Ops?

In Sniper: Special Ops (2016), it is unclear who the main character is. The story is divided in two plots: Sergeant Jake (Steven Seagal) with the wounded soldier, and Sergeant Vic (Tim Abell) doing ...
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In the Polar Express, why did the main character run away from the scrooge puppet in fear?

In the classic The Polar Express (2004), there is a scene where the "Hero Boy" is confronted by a scary puppet of Ebenezer Scrooge. While he is deeply scared, it is later revealed that the ...
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What is supposed to be ominous about the 1976 Philadelpha Flyers?

In The Simpsons episode 1F04 "Treehouse of Horror IV", Devil Flanders summons the "Jury of the Damned" to sit in judgment of Homer. The jury consists of "Benedict Arnold, ...
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Why didn't the Ex-Wife work?

Justin Hammer was extremely confident about his prized weapon "Ex-Wife" These are the Cubans, baby. This is the Cohibas; the Montecristos. This is a kinetic-kill, side-winder vehicle with a ...
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Why is there a fake knife on the rack at the end of Knives Out?

At the end of Knives Out, Ransom tries to stab Marta with a fake (prop) knife, but it collapses into the handle, saving her life, but it makes no sense why there would be a fake knife on display in ...
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Why did Control not detect that rogue judges entered Peach Trees?

After three rogue judges entered Peach Trees, and dismissed the two, the two would obviously have communicated to Control that they were dismissed by the three judges. This would cause Control to ...
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