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(2012)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (2)  | Audio/visual unsynchronised (2)  | Character error (5)  | Continuity (26)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Errors in geography (3)  | Factual errors (1)  | Plot holes (2)  | Revealing mistakes (4)  | Spoilers (4)

Anachronisms 

On Christmas day 1985, a boy opens a Nintendo Action Set that was released in 1988.
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The "Action News Georgia" backdrop shows damage to the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The scene is set in 1985, and the damage is from a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta in 2008.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Donny and Robert kidnap Ted, he escapes into the bathroom to call John for help. He calls from a land-line phone. Donny ends the call by disconnecting the telephone wire from the wall, yet there is a dial tone. A land-line phone would go completely silent once its cord became disconnected.
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When the band is playing at the party, the trumpet player clearly doesn't match the song playing.
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Character error 

When John answer's Ted's call while riding in the car with Lori, John holds his iPhone upside-down (as evidenced by the lock button and headphone jack) for nearly the entire conversation.
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(at around 1h 25 mins) A car drives left to right at an intersection. A sign that says "Left Turn Only," which would suggest it is a one-way street going to the left.
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John's hair length changes throughout the movie.
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During a bath, Ted calls John with his iPhone. Before 2016, iPhones were not waterproof.
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Each time Ted phones with his iPhone he uses it against his temple when it should be against his ear.
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Continuity 

When Ted calls John to convince him to come to his party John is seen holding his phone upside down. When it cuts to him again later he is then seen holding his phone the right way.
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When Ted is escaping from Donny's house, Donny is dancing in front of the TV while sipping a soda. The camera switches to show Ted running by the door, and suddenly Donny is dancing with his hands on his hips, and there's no glass of soda to be seen.
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Lori gets out of the shower with full make up on.
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The Jetta's hood is pushed in after it crashes into the Volvo. When the Jetta comes to a stop outside Fenway Park, the hood is fine apart from the license plate hanging loose and some dirt on the grill.
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When John is sitting on the couch and Lori is hugging him from behind, he loops his necktie twice in successive shots.
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In Rex's party, when John and Rex go to Lance Armstrong's testicle, they pass the Tom Skerritt picture twice in multiple shots.
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When John and Lori are in her car talking after Ted gets them to talk, the Christian Science Bookstore in the background alternates between having lights on and lights off in the store.
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When Ted and John sit in the park and attempt to smoke pot, the bench is right next to a tree trunk. After Donny and his son approach them, they are sitting on the same bench, which is now several feet to the left of the tree trunk.
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During John and Lori's anniversary dinner at the restaurant, the level of champagne in John's glass rises and falls, without it being filled or sipped from.
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When Sam J. Jones pours shots for the guys, John's is full. When they go to drink the shots, his is almost empty.
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When Rex goes to talk to Lori at her office desk, his hair is combed back. In the next shot, his hair is a different style with more camera light. In the next shot, it's back to the original combed back look with darker camera lighting.
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When Ted and Tammy Lynn leave for the restaurant to meet John and Lori, she is clearly wearing pants. When they get to the restaurant, she is wearing a dress.
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On Tammy Lynn's name tag from the store says "Tammy Lynn." In the credits, it is spelled "Tami Lynn."
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When Ted is giving Tammy Lynn the dirty fozzie, a worker and boxes are in the background. In the next shot, the boxes are gone, replaced by customers. In the next shot, the boxes return.
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When Lori and John are in bed (before the thunder) John's right arm goes from behind his head to on his chest between shots.
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The white sporty car has no license plate on the front when it is stationary. When it drives off, it has a license plate.
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When Donny crashes his Volvo into the fire hydrant, his airbag fails to deploy. However, in the next close-up shot, a deflated airbag protrudes from the steering wheel.
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When Ted tells John that Lori is going to the concert with Rex, rain is falling outside the hotel. Shortly after, at the concert, the weather is clear with no evidence of recent rainfall.
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When Ted is first introduced to the parents, the cord around the electric egg beater changes position several times.
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As Lori is driving, she carries on a conversation with John, and the passenger window is clearly rolled up. When he opens the car door in the reverse shot, it is rolled down.
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When Ted gets ripped in half, Donny throws Ted off the tower with his left arm. In the very next shot of Ted still falling, Donny is holding on to the tower with his left arm with his right arm free.
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It takes Donny some effort to climb the tower at Fenway Park. However, when Ted hits the field after being ripped in half, Donny is instantaneously on solid ground and attempting to flee.
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In the bathroom fight scene when John falls into the bath, his hands go from clasped together on his chest to out sideways either side of him in sequential shots.
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When Norah Jones is playing guitar on stage, she has a capo on the second fret. When the song ends, there is no capo on the guitar.
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When John goes to talk to Guy at work, a trash can appears by John's desk that wasn't there in the first shot.
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When John and Ted are watching Flash Gordon, the scene with Ming and Flash appears right after the title and theme. It should appear later in the film.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the first shot of Lori's apartment in the beginning, the crew across the street are reflected in the first floor window.
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Errors in geography 

The supermarket where Ted works is supposed to be in Boston, but the reusable tote bags for sale at the register are from Best Yet Market, which is only in the New York City area. It's also different from the store on the cashiers' name tags.
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During the car chase, they drive through the Ted Williams Tunnel and arrive at Fenway Park soon after. To They would have had to drive back through the tunnel.
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When John and Lori arrive at Donny's house in Chelsea to rescue Ted, they drive the wrong way on Chestnut Street (a one-way street). Donny leaves, with Lori and John following, going the wrong way on Pine St. (also a one-way street).
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Factual errors 

Near the end of the movie, the characters are able to sneak into Fenway Park with little difficulty due to a garage door being partially left open. This obviously would not be the case in real life. Also, with no baseball game going on and no cleaning crew visible, the stadium lights would not be left on for no reason.
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Plot holes 

Lori manages to find John at Ted's home warming party, but John didn't tell her the address. Ted finds the hotel John was staying at after Lori dumped him, even though John didn't tell him where he was.
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Ted is a living teddy bear, unlike any other in the world. While the film proposes that eventually his novelty wore off and that he ran through the money he made at the height of his fame, it never explains how or why there wouldn't have been endless interest in Ted and thus an endless source of income for him. In fact, the film goes out of its way to demonstrate that Ted is still quite well- known throughout the film and yet for some reason he still needs to get a job and earn a living.
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Revealing mistakes 

During John and Lori's anniversary dinner at the restaurant, after John says "Let's just enjoy our anniversary dinner", the view of the street outside is clearly waving, as if it were a printed on a canvas and made to look like the outside of the restaurant.
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When Ted is taking a picture with the three girls in the park, the phone used to take the picture isn't on.
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After Sam Jones punches Ted's wall, before Ted's Cantonese neighbor Ming confronts him, his hands show no sign of injury.
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Lori's VW rear-ended Donny's Volvo hard enough that the airbags should have deployed.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Ted gets torn in half, his "I love you" voice box is nowhere to be seen. From the scene after the Flash Gordon party, it should be right in the middle of his chest.
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When John and Lori are in the apartment at the end of the movie, her hands are alternately on either side of his neck and crossed behind his neck between shots.
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When John and Lori get to the dismembered Ted, there are no Morse code symbols on the Green Monster scoreboard in the background.
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Errors in geography 

The narrator says John and Lori got married in Cambridge, but the limo pulls away from the church in Boston's South End.
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