Every Single Gaping Plot Hole

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for don’t worry darling


It goes without saying that the world was in turmoil don’t worry darling, which hit theaters nationwide in September. The film was released to mixed reviews and only earned 39% on Rotten Tomatoes, perhaps due to the multiple plot holes in the story that make it difficult for viewers to follow and appreciate. While a degree of suspension of disbelief is required when stepping into a dystopian psychological thriller as don’t worry darlingfilmmakers have to accept a certain amount of responsibility if they want to make a story meaningful.

For those who may not have seen it yet Olivia Wilde‘s second directing project, don’t worry darlingproceed with caution, but here is a brief synopsis of the plot: Alice Chambers, played by Florence Pughlives a seemingly perfect life in a 1950’s town called Victory, with her dreamy husband Jack, portrayed by Harry Styles, who has a mysterious job. One day Alice begins to realize that all is not as it seems in this utopia and, to make a long story short, she learns that Victory is actually a simulation that Jack forcibly dragged her into when their marriage was in to go south began real world 21st century. Realizing this and Jack trying again to force her to stay, Alice kills him and runs back to her real life from the enforcers of victory, escaping the simulation and re-entering the world as a widow of her own creation.

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First we need to discuss what takes up most of the film: Alice’s hallucinations. What’s actually going on? Many of their hallucinations border on deadly and suicidal behaviors and situations, but why? Sure, the hallucinations inform them that something is wrong, but none of these hallucinations lend themselves particularly well to specific information that Victory himself is illegitimate. Take, for example, the scene where Alice gets wedged between the window and the wall, or the scene where Alice almost chokes on cling film—what in those scenes suggests, “Alice, you’re in a simulation”?

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There’s of course the infamous empty egg scene, where Alice cracks open egg after egg, revealing that there’s actually nothing in either of them. This suggests their reality is warped, but it does suggest another plot hole: how does the food and drink work in the Victory Project? Are people’s bodies fed in the real world or do they actually eat in Victory? Aside from the empty-egg scene, most of the time in Victory, audiences see real food being prepared and eaten, such as the ritualistic shots of coffee and buttered toast that keep coming back as Alice and Jack begin their days in Victory. When people eat in the Victory Project simulation, do they get that food in real life? Or is it another job for the men who leave the simulation each day to feed their wives’ bodies, still mentally consumed in the simulation? With that in mind, how does going to the toilet work? There’s certainly no need to go to the bathroom in the simulated world of Victory, but what about their bodies in real life? Is there a catheter situation or something similar?

Another similar question: how does pregnancy work in the Victory Project? Jack says the kids aren’t real, but Peg (Kate Berlant) is pregnant throughout the film and Bunny (Olivia Wilde) has two children – something doesn’t add up. It’s important to remember that everything in the simulation is design and has been carefully crafted to be as realistic as possible. So the children just materialize within the simulation? That being said, the concept of pregnancy still doesn’t make sense in the simulation. Are there explanations for these questions, or were they rather overlooked contingencies?

This ending raises some valid questions

Other major plot holes to discuss revolve around the film’s twisted ending in particular. First and foremost is the question of how Alice kills Jack. How does Alice kill Jack in Victory as well as Jack in real life, but Alice cannot be killed in Victory and only in real life? In layman’s terms, how come men can be killed within the Victory Project but not women? Perhaps it was the lack of clarity in the dialogue, but Bunny’s choice of words in her warnings to Alice seemed to indicate that only men can be killed in Victory, which is misleading to the audience regardless of the dialectal intent.

In the last flashbacks of don’t worry darling, Jack is said to have forced Alice into the Victory Project, but how? It is likely that he physically exploited her, possibly in her sleep, to force her into the extensive equipment depicted in the film. That doesn’t take into account the life Alice would leave behind as a busy surgeon, with many roots and colleagues who know her and would see her come and go one day. Perhaps Jack covered those bases by reaching out to her work on her behalf and saying they were moving or simply quitting Alice, but it seems unrealistic that no one in Alice’s life would be looking for her.

If Jack was unemployed before he and Alice joined the Victory Project, then what is the job he leaves the simulation each day to ostensibly pay the cost of joining the Victory Project? One possible answer is that Frank, portrayed by Chris Kiefer, hired him to help out with the Victory project, so he may be working on the actual project itself, which might explain the weird job promotion that turned into a forced dance scene midway through the film. Regardless, these are points not addressed in the film and may leave viewers scratching their heads.

How does the simulation work?

Finally, the entire premise of the film itself needs to be questioned. How do people’s experiences within the simulation that is the Victory Project coexist within the same reality? How do Alice and Jack gain real-life awareness and have a coherent conversation in the simulation? Unlike Virtual Reality or VR, which is the closest thing to such a simulation today, the Victory Project seems almost more closely related to a form of hypnosis, where Victory exists in people’s imaginations and not in the projected reality. When Alice walks into Victory she is actually lying in bed, when Alice speaks into Victory she doesn’t actually make a sound, and even when Alice blinks into Victory her eyes are opened in a contraption necessary for the simulation to work.

How is the reality of the simulation shared among the participants? For example, what are the random earthquakes that happen throughout the movie? This is never really addressed and again questions how humans can share such experiences within their various simulated realities. This was a major oversight in the film that downright detracts from the legitimacy of the concept.

needless to say don’t worry darling has a few rough spots. The film contains interesting concepts that perhaps, if executed differently, would have been extremely effective. That being said, the film should be commended for its attempt, and if anything, it should be commended for its beautiful cinematography, as well as its powerhouse of a leading lady, Florence Pugh, making the film absolutely worth seeing.

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