Is it discretionary to drop "that" from the sentence below (and similar sentences)?

The movie's script was so bad it blew.

Or am I flouting some rule of grammar here?

Thank you!

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    This is very basic question; one that would be more suited to the learners's site ELL – BillJ Nov 19 '20 at 7:24
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    Here’s a question with an excellent answer (John Lawler’s). english.stackexchange.com/questions/50962/… – Xanne Nov 19 '20 at 8:11
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    Does this answer your question? What is a noun modifying clause? – Xanne Nov 19 '20 at 8:13
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    The subordinator "that" is optional here though its omission is characteristic of informal style. – BillJ Nov 19 '20 at 8:26
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    @Xanne Lawler's answer was about relative clauses, but the subordinate clause in the OP's example here is a declarative content clause functioning as a complement. – BillJ Nov 19 '20 at 8:33

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