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‘Movie Goofs’ Twitter account is hilarious whether you get it or not

The movie never did explain how the Statue of Liberty wound up on the planet of the apes…


David Britton

Internet Culture

Depending on who you are, the person who pointed out the “plot hole” in Planet of the Apes in the tweet below either seems like a complete idiot or a comedic genius. (Or possibly you never saw the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie, which is a damn shame).

“It is never explained how or why the Statue of Liberty was transported from Earth to the planet of the apes,” the tweet reads.

The person behind the tweet is a computer programmer named Sean, and we assure you he is very much kidding, despite what a few people may think. On July 24, he started the Twitter account @Movie_goofs, which posts fake “goofs” about films. Although the account has been active less than two weeks, it’s already amassed nearly 19,000 followers based on tweets like these:

Sean said he was inspired to create the account after reading the IMDb webpage for Hot Fuzz. In the “goofs” section, one critic appears to either be trolling readers or totally missing the joke.

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“It struck me that it would be pretty easy to write a lot of goofs where the ‘critic’ just didn’t get the joke,” Sean told the Daily Dot via email, “Once I sat down and wrote a couple, and none of them were from comedies, I realized the idea had a lot more potential and I set up the Twitter account.”

Although it might seem painfully obvious to most people, much like the inspirational IMDb critic, not everyone gets what Sean is doing. Take a look at just a few of these responses to the Planet of the Apes tweet.

Sean’s response to these replies? Posting another more absurd joke.

“I decided right from the beginning not to break character in the public posts, so that meant I couldn’t just tell them ‘that’s the joke,’” Sean explained. “So I decided instead I would reply to them with a new, written-on-the-spot goof from the same movie, in the hopes they would realize it was a joke.”

“I’m not a fan of trolling,” he added, “and I would prefer it if everyone got the joke. But a small fraction of my followers claim to be bigger fans of seeing people not getting the joke than of the jokes.”

Think you have a clever movie goof? Sean is currently taking submissions, and the accounts DM’s are open, although that might change if his follower count keeps up its meteoric rise.

He says he usually reshapes the jokes a bit to fit the account, but he still gives the submitter credit for their idea.

“Most of the time the submitter agrees with me that the revised joke is better, but not always!”  Sean said. “If you don’t like a joke that I credit to somebody else, blame me, not them.”

But there’s one joke you shouldn’t bother sending.

“At least a dozen people have submitted one particular idea, and it’s just too obvious a joke, so I’m never going to post it,” he said. “So please don’t submit a goof that boils down to ‘The mission is actually possible’.”

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