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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the emotional scene where Randi apologizes to Lee, her mouth sometimes can be seen moving from a back shot even though she is not talking.
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Character error 

After the visit to Elise's house, Jeff writes an email to Patrick. In the email, Jeff uses the word 'privilaged' rather than 'privileged'.
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Continuity 

When Lee and Patrick are in the lawyer's office to find out about Joe's will, Lee wears khaki pants. From there, Lee and Patrick drive to the marina to talk to George about Joe's boat. As Lee and Patrick walk up the pier toward the boat, Lee wears jeans. Once they are inside the boat talking to George, Lee wears khakis again.
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When Patrick goes up to Lee's room to ask him for the first time if Silvie could come over, while they talk the pillows on the bed and the beer bottle on the night stand keep changing positions between several shots during the conversation.
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In one of the early scenes where Lee shovels snow outside the apartment building, the shovel goes from a metal gray shovel to a red plastic shovel.
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When Lee gets home and sees Suzy on the couch, the three drawings hanging from the fireplace mantle appear and disappear between shots.
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When they are discussing what is a good disease, right when Lee Chandler says "athletes foot", Joe Chandler can be seen mouthing those exact same words.
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When Patrick asks Lee for his girlfriend to stay over, the position of the pillow on the bed changes several times between cuts.
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When Lee and Patrick are searching for Lee's misplaced car, they twice reverse the direction of their walking. In sequential camera angles the snow on the side appears dramatically different, sometimes showing large snowbanks cut by a snow blower, sometimes showing small piles.
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When Lee informs Patrick of his final decisions at dinner, Patrick's arms change between folded and other positions as camera shots change.
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At the end of the boat scene where Lee, Patrick and Sandy are on the stern as it pulls away from the camera, there is a coil of rope at Lee's feet, which alternates from being coiled to uncoiled between shots.
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When Patrick is at Jeffrey and Elise's home for lunch he unfurls and places the same napkin in his lap twice yet the napkin is again folded beneath his fork when he leaves the table to wash his hands.
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When Lee drops Patrick off at school and asks if he's going to Godspell, Patrick's window is all the way down, but when the scene cuts to Lee driving off, the window is in motion and nearly up all the way. Not enough time has passed for the window to be in this position.
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Errors in geography 

The shot of Route 128, from when Lee is first driving to Manchester, doesn't make sense. If he's going from Quincy to Manchester, he would be on the other side of the highway, and the rest stop and sign for the local theater would be visible, but from the other side. He would also be going uphill, not downhill. The way the shot is set up would imply he's going in the opposite direction of Manchester.
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Factual errors 

Lee is shown purchasing beer in a convenience store at 2 AM. In Massachusetts it is illegal for a store to sell beer after 11 PM.
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Joe naming Lee as Patrick's guardian would've required Lee's written consent, so he shouldn't have been surprised.
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The fishing boat has registration numbers on its side beginning with "MS". Pleasure boats have numbers beginning with MS but commercial boats do not.
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Patrick says that he plays both hockey and basketball, which have their seasons occurring at the same time, and would preclude him from playing both.
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Lee says he and Randy were married on Misery Island. The family is ostensibly Catholic. The Catholic Church frowns on weddings outside an actual church. Unless there is a chapel on that Island it was not a real Catholic wedding.
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At 9:58 on the DVD during the bar scene where the girl spill beer, the subtitles say "Ray Charles lyrics" and it is still Driving Wheel by I think Junior Parker. The Ray Charles song "Oh what a beautiful morning starts at 10:05.
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Revealing mistakes 

Flipped shot. When Lee and Patrick leave the funeral home, the sign for the funeral home behind them reads backwards.
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Flipped shot. When Lee and Patrick leave the funeral home, Lee wears a toque with its logo on the right side of his head. In subsequent shots, the logo on the toque moves to the left of his head.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

Though the film supposedly takes place in 2015 (due to the date on Joe Chandler's gravestone), the footage of the Boston Bruins game shown on TV in the film has the St. Louis Blues wearing a version of the uniform (featuring yellow piping) that they stopped wearing in the 2013-14 National Hockey League season. The game also includes goaltender Jaroslav Halak playing for the Blues as well despite the fact he was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the New York Islanders in 2014.
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Continuity 

When Lee asked to see his brother Joe's body, he's taken down to the hospital morgue. The drawer holding Joe is opened and the white body bag he's in is unzipped, and only his head is uncovered and visible. Then the camera angle changes and Lee is still just looking at Joe, then the shot goes back to the original angle but now the white body bag is unzipped further and more of Joe's arm and chest are visible. The amount the white body bag is open changes between camera shots.
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During the funeral service for Joe in the church, Randi arrives with her new husband and approaches Lee. Patrick looks over sensitively toward Lee while this encounter is occurring. The next camera angle shows Lee and Randi in the foreground with Patrick in the background, but Patrick is now facing a different direction.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

A policeman offers Lee Chandler a ride home which is pretty insensitive since his house just burned to the ground. But in this context the officer clearly means he'll drive him to Lee's brother's house or a hotel or wherever it is he's staying at that point.
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