Back to the Future screenwriter explains massive plot hole in reignited debate

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Screenwriter Bob Gale settles 38 year old debate in Back to the Future (Image: BACK TO THE FUTURE)
Screenwriter Bob Gale settles 38 year old debate in Back to the Future (Image: BACK TO THE FUTURE)

Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale filled fans in on a massive plot hole in the movie, a debate that has been recently reignited through the Twitter trend known as "Five Perfect Movies".

The "Five Perfect Movies" trend on Twitter is a trend where users share their top five movie suggestions to watch during lockdown back in 2020, but now the trend has transformed into a serious debate as filmmakers and stars try to determine what qualifies a movie to be "perfect".

Famous Marvel director James Gunn chimed into the long-standing debate sharing that a perfect film is something that "sings from start to finish" and has no clear mistakes whether it be something structural or aesthetic, and there are no logical lapses in the plot. The iconic filmmaker went on to state that his "perfect movie" is Back to the Future.

Back to the Future screenwriter explains massive plot hole in reignited debate rriddqikeiqtkinvScreenwriter Bob Gale answers decades old question of why the mom and dad in Back to the Future don't remember their son Marty (Dave Benett/Getty Images for McFly Productions Ltd)

The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker wrote: "Back to the Future SEEMINGLY could be imperfect (why don’t Mom and Dad remember Marty?), but I would still argue it’s a perfect film because there are reasons why this could conceivably be the case (time protects itself from unraveling, etc). Or maybe I’m in denial. Who knows.”

Jurassic World star Chris Pratt replied and said: "Maybe they do remember him tho, not as Marty, as Calvin. When Marty returns to present day 1985, it could have been years since his parents would have perhaps originally noted the uncanny resemblance between their son and that kid from high school 20 years previous.”

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Thirty-eight years later Bob closed the open case for good as he broke down for fans the plot hole they felt was missing in the famous 1985 sci-fi comedy. Bob told the Hollywood Reporter: "Bear in mind that George and Lorraine only knew Marty/Calvin for eight days when they were 17, and they did not even see him every one of those eight days. So, many years later, they still might remember that interesting kid who got them together on their first date."

Back to the Future screenwriter explains massive plot hole in reignited debateScreenwriter Bob Gale asks audiences to put themselves into the main characters shoes to give new perspective on the plot hole (FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

The screenwriter then tried to put the scenario into perspective for audiences, asking if they would remember a student that might've been at school for one semester in high school, or someone you went out with just once, without a photo. He concluded that most would have a hard time recalling after 25 years. The screenwriter added that he thinks most parents could look through an old high school yearbook and find someone that holds resemblance to their children.

Caroline Gaspich

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