15 Movies That Broke Their Own Rules

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7. Inception (2010)

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For an extremely complicated movie, Inception does specify for the audience’s easy that there are only two ways for one individual to wake up from the state of a dream – they have to be kicked or die.

That is quite simple enough but the rule was inexplicably broken when Yusuf drives the van off the bridge. The jolts from the fall categorize as the kick necessary to wake up from a dream but conveniently, Arthur does not wake up.


6. Aladdin (1992)

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The flamboyant antics of Genie has raised eyebrows in more than one occasion but none more so when he granted Aladdin’s second wish. However, the rules that allow Genie granting wishes necessitate that he can only do so if his master literally says so them.

As an unconscious Aladdin is thrown down an ocean by Sultan’s guards upon Jafar’s orders, Genie attempts to rescue him but is hesitant to do so as Aladdin never wished for it. Knowing that his master would eventually die, Genie moves Aladdin’s mouth to mutter the wish to save him mere seconds before he says,

“You can’t cheat on this one! I can’t help you unless you make the wish.”


5. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Amid his training to become a Jedi, Yoda counsels Luke Skywalker that abandoning it will result in the latter becoming an “agent of evil” similar to Darth Vader. Despite the cautious warning, Luke leaves without being fully trained, much to the displeasure of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Before Luke engages in a Lightsaber battle against Darth Vader, Darth Sidious invites the former to join the “Dark Side.” Contrary to Yoda’s foreshadowing, Luke refuses to do so.


4. Ant-Man (2015)

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Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) might have perfected the shrinking technology but find out that it comes with a fair share of tragedy. The scientist got detached from his wife when she shrunk into sub-atomic size, got trapped between numerous molecules and got lost in the quantum realm.

He warns Hank Pym from shrinking into a sub-atomic size so he could not suffer from the same fate. Strangely enough, when Pym did the exact same thing and managed to get out of trouble by simply hearing his daughter calling out for him.


3. X-Men (2000 – Present)

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The only reason any of the installments of the X-Men franchise has not won an Academy Award is that there is no category for Best Rule Break. With eleven movies released so far, X-Men has been riddled with continuity errors and different versions of the same characters in different years.

Narrowing down to the most obvious moment of the franchise exhibiting no regard of their own rules, it cannot be ignored that at the beginning of X-Men: The Last Stand, an older Professor Charles Xavier was capable of walking whereas in X-Men: First Class, his legs became paralyzed.


2. Toy Story (1995)

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It had been overemphasized by Woody countless times that Buzz Lightyear s incapable of flying because the latter is merely a toy and not an actual space ranger. Even the advertisement for the Buzz Lightyear toy particularly clarifies that it is not a flying toy.

As Toy Story reached its conclusion, Buzz spreads his wings to disconnect himself from the rocket that was about to explode and swiftly manages to fly to the car in which Andy and his mother were. Though Buzz managed to utilize his wings to glide, the toy had been declared incapable of flying by the manufacturer.


1. Fight Club (1999)

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This entry was bound to pop up in the list! Tyler Durden explicitly stated eight rules of the club he founded in a bar’s basement where men can fight for recreational purposes; the first two of them being, “You do not talk about Fight Club.”

What happens afterward is the exact opposite – everyone seems to be talking about it. Throughout the movie, Fight Club steadily becomes a trending topic among the masses as more and more members began joining it.


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