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WHY are there Wire Hangers in the House?


Plot hole...

It's not like the kids went out and bought them, so why are the wire hangers in the house in the first place if the bitch is so opposed to them?

It simply doesn't make sense.

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The laundry company and dry cleaners to which Joan entrusted the family's clothes were under strict instructions to return all clothing on the covered hangers that she provided. Now I suppose it's possible that on one occasion the company failed to do this and it triggered Joan's irrational outburst. But it was the job of the housekeeper to make sure the clothes were returned to the wardrobes after these deliveries and it would have been her head or job if this instruction was not carried out.

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>sigh<

so the wire hanger incident was supposed to represent the many night raids that Christina and Christopher [notice how it is only those two] had to endure. The wire hanger had somehow gotten inside the house although it looked like it was better made than the average wire hangers you'd get from the dry cleaners.

It was meant to represent how quickly mommie would go off and what would set her off.

nothing more.


Oh God. Fortune vomits on my eiderdown once more.

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It's not really a plot hole. Obviously, the hangers came from the cleaners, and they got passed somebody and wound up in Christina's closet.

But the mother is abusive fundamentally, especially when drunk, so her motives aren't rational.

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I think the thing that bugs me every time I see this is why she went after Christina, she didn't do it! But she was obviously wasted


"People who live within their means suffer from a lack of imagination" Oscar Wilde

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In the book, Christina explains that when the dry cleaning came back, it was the kids' responsibility to change the clothes to the correct hangers. Christina just failed to do so.

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Oh I see, because I didn't understand that either.

This was on today, but I wasn't aware that Mara Hobel was in so much of the film. I thought it was only about the first 30 minutes or so, but more like over half of the movie.

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If would have been nice if the movie would have touched upon that a little more.

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Just finished transferring all keeper clothes to non-wire hangers. Does ANYONE handling wire hangers NOT think of this movie and this particular scene in it?

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How does a non wire hanger doesn't stretch the clothes? I don't see a difference.

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They're probably both okay but I decided to go with all plastic.

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I always wonder that too. But it seems she's mad about the pricier dresses being hung on them, so maybe wire hangers were allowed for cheap play clothes? If they even had any?

What I think is odd, what gets me, huge house, yet girl and boy child share a room. But there were other kids she had in real life that we don't see in the movie, maybe they were in the other rooms, and those plots could be the sequel ;)

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