The Age of Adaline (2015) Poster


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In 1929, Adaline and her mother visit the Golden Gate Bridge which "three years hence" would be completed. The narrator then states that in February of 1937, there is a construction accident - eight years after 1929. The 1937 date is correct for the Bridge's history, so the original statement is in error.
When she is pulled over near the beginning of the film, her driver's permit as a ZIP code on it, even though she was born in 1908 and the cop says she's 45, making it 1953. ZIP codes were not introduced until 1963.

Character error 

Adaline jokingly states that Norwegian Braille is hard to read because of the umlauts. Norwegian doesn't have umlauts.


When Ellis is on the phone and Adaline takes his cup of whiskey, the camera goes back to Ellis after Adaline walks out. An extra glass appears on the table.

Errors in geography 

Although this film is set in San Francisco, USA, at the beginning of the film where we see Adaline gets off the cab just outside Tony's apartment, there is a Canadian flag clearly visible far away in the background (top right of the frame), indicating that the actual filming location is Vancouver, Canada.

Factual errors 

When they are playing Trivial Pursuit, one of the questions is, "When and where was the Hulahoop introduced?" Adeline says, "At the World's Fair in Schenectady, New York in 1956," and the guidebook confirms her answer as correct. There was no World's Fair in Schenectady, NY in 1956.
The calculations of the comet's orbit were said to have given a "mathematically perfect perigee". Not only is there nothing special ("perfect") about any given perigee point, but to have a perigee an object must be in orbit around Earth. The comet was not in such an orbit.
In the car trouble scene with the MGA, the script should have read, "you'll run down the battery". It is doubtful a driver could directly "flood the engine" of any MG, or other Brit of this vintage or earlier, and likely later. The twin carburetors are constant velocity SUs, not Rochester Quads. You can flood the engine attached to a Rochester by pumping the gas pedal. Constant velocity carburetors like these, having no accelerator pump, cannot flood the engine unless there is an internal fault with the carburetors.
Numerous errors with the license plate on the car the 2 FBI agents took Adaline away in the beginning of the film. The tag marks the year being 1954 where the iconic black and gold lettering California plate wasn't introduced until 1963. Also, there's 7 numbers used on this plate which not only breaks from the standard 3 letters followed by 3 numbers format used at the time, but California plates didn't hit a 7th character until 1980. Also the design the the plate is completely backwards The California was at the top along with the left and right tag slots and all the lettering and numbers had rounded corners not sharp, chiseled edges with serifs as seen on the plate in the film.
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Adeline's 1940s-era California driver's permit states that it was issued by the "Motor Vehicle Commission" as authorized by the "Revised Statutes." In the 1940s, a California driver would have been carrying a driver license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (established in 1915) as authorized by the Vehicle Code (enacted in 1935 to consolidate older laws enacted in 1913, 1915, and 1923).
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Before Adaline/Jenny gets the last Trivial Pursuit question "for the win", you can see that her playing piece is missing the blue wedge. The last roll of the dice is a 2 which would not bring her playing piece to the blue headquarters square where she could collect the blue wedge. And even if it had, you don't win immediately after having collected all 6 wedges. You're supposed to go to the hub of the board and answer a final question.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Adaline is in the car and she calls her daughter Flemming, the WiFi-signal on her phone is visible on the display of her phone.
When young William asks the other camper to take a photo of them after Adeline injuries her hand, she covers her mouth with her fingers pointing outward, away from her face. When they show the final picture, her fingers are pointing inward. Since they didn't have digital cameras back then and film was precious, it would be highly unlikely they would take more than one photo.
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The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Near the end of the movie, when Adaline and Ellis are about to go out for New Years/Adaline's birthday, Flemming calls the new puppy a "good girl". However, after she picks up the puppy while talking to Ellis, they both refer to the puppy as he/him.


When Adaline crashes toward the end of the film, the narrator says her heart was re-started at 10:09. When she is recovering in the hospital, the clock on the wall says 10:51 as the doctor states there are no lasting effects of the damage/cardiac arrest. There was clearly not enough time to transport her to the hospital, stabilize her and run diagnostics testing in just 40 minutes.

Factual errors 

A defibrillator is not used in cases of cardiac arrest, since it does not cause the heart to start beating. It briefly stops a heart that is ineffectually quivering (fibrillating), in order that the natural rhythm can have a chance to be re-established.
There is no such thing as "volts of electricity" (such as was said to be applied to Adaline's body) as a measure of transferred energy. Electricity is electric charge or electric current (the transfer of charge). The strength of the electric field is measured in volts, but what is transferred is charge itself (and its associated energy, measured in such terms as watt-seconds or joules).
Adaline's telomeres were described as having regained flexibility after her second electrification, allowing her cells to begin aging normally again. It is not the flexibility of telomeres, but their length, that determines the survivability of a cell. Further, the electricity was applied only to a small part of Adaline's body, yet somehow all her cells were affected.
When young William meets Adaline her car has broken down. She cranks it like mad but it won't start. William tells here to stop cranking as she will flood the engine. All it needs is a bump start he says.

Sure enough, after a quick bump start the car works fine.

Bump starting only works if there is not sufficient power in the battery to crank the engine (but enough to produce a spark at the plugs)... Clearly there was or she wouldn't have been able to crank with the starter motor...
The narrator states that Adaline's heart had stopped and that the paramedics waited the prescribed 5 seconds before delivering the shock to Adeline. Unlike a hospital setting with a traditional defibrillator, the paramedic is using an AED. These devices tell the responder when to administer a shock, and it will only do so if the machine sees certain cardiac rhythms. Asystole, or a total lack of a heartbeat, isn't one of them. No shock would be delivered in this situation, and there is no override that one could use to do so.

Revealing mistakes 

At William's house, the car he had was a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from a mid 2000's year. When he confronted Adaline about who she was, it was evident that the car was the older model. Even when Ellis left to chase after Adaline, it was the same car. However, once he left William's house, the entire car was different in the following scenes. It was a newer model that looked completely different.

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