In high school, Ann and I compiled a bunch of phrases and acronyms for describing terrible Sci-Fi plots. Looks like we weren’t the only ones with a list: Jabootuish Jargon has all kinds of great terms for handling bad movies:
Misdirected Answering (n): The habit of Bad Movie to spend time answering little questions you’ve probably not even thought of while ignoring truly gigantic plot holes. EXAMPLE: In Irwin Allen’s The Swarm, a film with as many gaping plot flaws as there are stars in the sky, a hunk of dialog is used to explain why Michael Caine’s scientist character sports a British accent.
Via Ann (what a coincidence!)