When Ricky begins recording Jane, the camera makes the sound of ejecting the tape.
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When Carolyn slaps Jane in the face, Carolyn can be seen yelling at Jane, from behind, even though the soundtrack is silent.
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During the basketball game, a player on the home team (#11) commits a traveling violation by taking three or four steps without dribbling. Even though it looks like a cut-and-dry call, none of the referees stop the game.
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Lester applies for a job at a fast food restaurant and requests a position with the least amount of responsibility, working the grill is one of the positions with the most amount of responsibility especially during lunch and dinner time it can be very hectic, furthermore if a burger is undercooked this can lead to a lawsuit.
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Brad doesn't have the authority to automatically reject Lester's blackmail, he would have to consult with management first.
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Lester applies for a job at a fast food restaurant and requests a position with the least amount of responsibility. No employer would hire someone who makes this request.
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When Jane and Angela are outside talking to Ricky at school, Angela's cigarette keeps growing and shrinking throughout the conversation.
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While Carolyn is driving home from shooting practice, she turns the wheel quite sharply several times but the scenery never turns with her.
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When Colonel Fitts breaks into Ricky's room in a rage and punches him, the blood is already on Ricky's nose before the fist makes contact.
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When Ricky Fitts is being videoed by Jane; filmed from the front, the waistband of his shorts is clearly visible. When shot from behind, he is naked (full screen version only).
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After Ricky Fitts's father has beaten him up for opening the cabinet containing his Nazi plate, he has no evidence of any facial scarring that would have been the result of the open wounds caused by the attack.
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When Buddy King is having lunch with Carolyn, his hair is mostly gray. But in the subsequent spread-eagle sex scene, there's no gray.
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The amount of hair over Angela's shoulder when she stands up after asking about the stereo.
In the scenes where the family has dinner in the dining room, there is no rug on the floor. However, when Jane walks into the dining room after her dance performance, there is a rug on the floor.
After Lester removes Angela's pants, he moves his hands along her body and she is wearing her pants around her knees.
Carolyn is wearing her gardening gloves in the garage as she lectures Lester about smoking and "setting a good example for our daughter." When she warns him that "you will not get away with this," she is not wearing them.
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Lester driving to the song "American Woman" appears to be making a continuous right turn by the tilt of his steering while driving down a straight road (compare the position of the steering wheel in the next scene where he is actually driving the car into Mr. Smiley's). The Camry is obviously being towed on a process trailer for this shot but someone has neglected to straighten out the front wheels of the car before turning the engine off and securing it to the trailer.
When Ricky gets the frozen urine sample out of the freezer, it's obviously half a cup. When he is ready to hand it over to his father (outside at the car), the cup is completely filled.
When Ricky comes home and finds his parents watching TV, it is night and he is wearing his catering tuxedo even though he just came home from school (as he is carrying a backpack). (The scene - which wasn't in the original script - was moved from after the real estate party to earlier in the movie.)
When Carolyn opens the garage door to Lester working out, she opens it with her hand from the outside handle (manually) but it continues to open with an automatic garage door opener from the inside shot.
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When Ricky and his parents are looking toward the television, three framed pictures are visible on top. In the reverse shot from behind the television looking at the Fitts on the sofa the frames disappear, then reappear again in the Fitts' POV.
When Lester blackmails Brad, Brad's fingers alternate between interlocked and overlapped.
When Lester hears that Angela is staying over for the night, he spills beer on the sink. In the next shot the beer is gone and the sink is clean. Also the beer bottle is held differently, showing the label from another side.
Carolyn is pulled to the side of the road in the Mercedes SUV in heavy rain, the windshield wipers are running in the wide shot, shut off in the dolly shot through the drivers door window on Carolyn and running again with the camera continuing the shot inside the passenger compartment.
When Carolyn (with squeegee) is outside cleaning the sliding glass patio doors opening out on to the pool for the open house a sheer curtain panel is visible inside, when she throws open the front doors to the open house and welcomes prospective buyers we see in the background the sheers are flanked by heavy plaid curtains drawn open to either side. After she fails to sell the house and closes up the patio door at the end of the (same) day the curtains and sheers have disappeared and she draws textured vertical blinds closed across the same glass doors.
When Lester first sees Colonel Fitts standing outside the closed garage in the rain, he is quite close to the garage door. But when Lester hits the button, the garage door swings out and Colonel Fitts is standing much farther away.
In the scene where Lester tries to instigate sex with Carolyn, when the argument over Lester nearly spilling beer on the sofa ensues, Lester angrily stands up to throw a cushion at the sofa. It bounces off, clearly landing on the chair behind him. In the next shot, the cushion is nowhere to be seen, however on the following one of Lester, it is clearly visible on the chair.
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When Ricky is filming Jane while she strips for him, the light in his room is on, and it should have given the room enough illumination as to create a reflection in the glass.
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When Lester wants to dial up Angela while his daughter is in the shower, you can hear that the first two digits he's dialing are the same and the next one is different. However, the phone book says that Angela's number starts with (yes, you guessed it) '555', so all three tones must be equal.
The level of Lester's carrot juice in the blender cup which he drinks from is 1/2 full at the beginning of the scene, 1/4 full in the middle of the scene and 1/3 full at the end of the scene..
When Lester calls Angela for the first time using Jane's diary, her number starts with 555. But when he uses the phone, he doesn't even touch the button "5", he starts dialing with button "2"
Lester and Carolyn are already home in bed (cut from Lester's rose petal fantasy) when Angela pulls up in front of the Burnham residence in her car to drop Jane off (later same night post game). In the wide shot neither Lester's Toyota Camry or Carolyn's Mercedes SUV can be seen parked in the driveway.
After Lester has been shot, Jane and Ricky Fitts come downstairs to the kitchen to investigate. In the first shot blood is shown dripping from the kitchen table from the POV of Jane and Ricky Fitts looking through a crack in the door. The next shot shows Jane and Ricky opening the door to see Lester dead at the table. The POV then returns back to the dripping blood through the crack in the door despite just showing the audience that Jane and Ricky have already opened the door and discovered Lester.
When Ricky Fitts walks from the house to Colonel Fitts washing his SUV, the garden hose is relatively straight. Later shots (Lester jogs up to and introduces himself to Ricky's father) reveal it to be serpentine.
After closing the blinds/curtain in the "for sale" house, the chain is hanging on Carolyn's right shoulder. The following shot when she starts walking the chain is already from her shoulder.
During the fight Lester and Carolyn have after he quits his job, Lester's beer bottle moves as the camera switches back and forth between the two of them.
In the opening scene when Carole is cutting the American Beauty roses, she snips the first one on the stem, about 4 inches from the flower. A moment later when she is examining the flower, the stem is clearly a foot long or more.
You hear Carolyn order her food at Smileys and then the next scene you see them drive up to the large menu where you place your order.
In the aerial/helicopter shots of Robin Hood Trail at the beginning and end of the film the large trees lining the street are winter bare. When Ricky and Jane encounter the funeral procession waking home from school together the trees are in full leaf.
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In early scenes Lester rides to work in a carpool arrangement with his wife and his daughter. Reinforcing the sense he is a loser Carolyn drives (apparently her Mercedes SUV) and Jane rides in the front passenger seat relegating him to the lowest position of power in the back seat where he slouches. When he loses his job at the ad agency he drives himself home in a hitherto unseen Toyota Camry which is subsequently revealed to be his when he trades it in for a Pontiac Firebird.
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We see the reflection of the three joggers in the rear window of the Fitts' car because of the angle at which the camera is shooting the scene. Colonel Fitts appears to react to the reflection of the joggers, despite the fact that he would not be able to see it from the angle at which he's facing the rear window.
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The white decorative pillow Lester picks up and throws off Carolyn's precious blue and white striped silk sofa bounces off the floor and lands in the armchair behind him, returns to it's original position against the arm of the sofa in the next shot and then reappears in the armchair when the camera cuts back to Lester..
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Before Lester wakes up at the beginning of the movie, his slippers are pointing towards the bed and at an angle. When he gets out of bed, his slippers are in a position so that he can easily slip into them.
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Wooden arm chair in front of the window at Lester's end of the dining room table which appears in every other scene in the movie has disappeared so Jane can walk to that window unimpeded to look out and observe Ricky, the new neighbor boy she had just flipped off for videotaping her getting out of Angela's car and walking up to her front door.
When the rose petals begin falling from Angela's naked body on the Burnham's bedroom ceiling on to Lester in bed his head is centered on the pillow, as the camera goes tighter in subsequent shots his head shifts significantly camera right on the pillow.
When Jane exits Angela's car after the game Ricky Fitts stands up from a metal garden chair to turn the porch light on and continues videotaping Jane. The chair is turned on an angle toward the street below the (camera) left side jamb of the window. When Jane peeks out of her dining room window to see if Ricky is still there the chair is now perpendicular to the wall below the window shifted (camera) right of center.
A buffet/sideboard on the wall behind Carolyn's chair in several wide shots of the Burnham's dining room (from foyer and stairs) never appears in Lester's POV shots from his end of the table looking directly at Carolyn who should be sitting in front of that large piece of furniture against the wall.
The dining room table is set with 6 crystal/glass candle holders with white candles when Jane crosses the room to the window to see if Ricky Fitts is still watching her but during both dinner scenes/sequences with the family at the table we see only 4 holders when the candles are lit.
During the beginning of the film, after Jane gets onto the car, Carolyn is waiting by the driver seat with her arm on the windscreen. As Lester approaches the car, she moves her hand up, but the following shot shows her hand unmoved.
The covers on Carolyn's side of the bed are down and then up when she threatens to divorce Lester.
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When Angela meets Lester for the second time (by the refrigerator) her head is touching the corner of the wall. In the reverse angle of Lester, her head is away from the wall (so the camera can see Lester).
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At the beginning of the movie, when Lester is in the shower, you can see a reflection/silhouette on the shower door.
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After he is beaten by his father for looking at the Nazi plate, Ricky Fitts looks in the mirror to examine his wounds. The edge of the camera is visible in the mirror for about a second, then the frame is rearranged so it is no longer visible.
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When Lester is driving in his car after leaving his advertising job, the trailing motorcycle cop escorting the picture vehicle (Camry) being towed on the process trailer behind the camera car can be seen going in and out of the shot in the rear window.
In the opening sequence of the film we see an overhead shot of the Burnhams' master bedroom, Lester is lying in bed on his stomach, rousing when his alarm clock goes off. Circular white matte board cutouts cap the top of the lamp shades on either side of the bed blocking the bare light bulbs from shining straight into the camera lens (and probably hiding color correcting gels on the bulbs that would only be found in lamps on nightstands in bedrooms on stage).
When Ricky and Jane are looking at the Nazi plate, there is a very large cameraman filming over June's shoulder in a plaid shirt, reflected clearly in the cabinet glass.
Toward the end of Ricky's and Jane's first kiss in his bedroom the moving shadow of a crew member or piece of equipment can be seen at the bottom of window and blinds projected on the wall (to the left of the black floor lamp, behind Ricky, far left edge of frame}.
When Lester is singing "American Woman" in his car, buildings from Burbank, California (including the building bearing "The Disney Channel" logo at the time) are clearly seen in the reflection of his windshield. The telephone area codes and newspapers set the film in the Chicago area.
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The dancing 'Spartanettes' have a capital 'S' on their uniforms when it should be 'R' for 'Rockwell'; or 'RHS' for 'Rockwell High School'. Lettering in a high school sport the letter on the letter jacket is always the first letter of the name of the high school, not the first letter of the name of the mascot. The same is true of uniforms.
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The "Nazi" plate is an obvious fake. It looks like the art department applied a swastika decal from a plastic model airplane kit to an unmarked plate of non-German origin. German porcelain of the era was extensively marked: hero "nazi" plate lacks manufacturer/factory mark, city mark, date of manufacture and the stylized Art Deco Third Reich "Eagle" acceptance mark (eagle clutching a wreath in its talons which surrounds the swastika). There are thousands of surviving authentic pieces from original period services floating around with correct markings, examples from major German porcelain makers including Rosenthal are readily available.
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When Jane is being filmed and talking about having her father killed (jokingly) she is smoking pot in the room. The room is Ricky's and it is known by this part of the movie that Colonel Fitts hates pot smoking. This is literally the scene where Ricky explains that his dad caught him smoking pot when he was younger and sent him to military school or something along those lines. It doesn't make sense for them to be smoking weed inside the room.
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Before the Nazi plate is removed from the cabinet, it is round. When it is removed (and most obviously when Jane turns it over), it is oval-shaped. When it is returned to the cabinet it appears around again.
We see Ricky take out the cup of urine & explain to Lester that he needs clean urine to pass a drug test at home. The test obviously does not require the urine to be "fresh", so why doesn't Ricky just keep his own urine around from when he has not used drugs? Why does he need others'?
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In the dinner scene where Lester throws the bowl of asparagus against the wall the picture frame has been centered between the windows over the console table, and the table lamp visible in an earlier scene has been removed. These changes are not down to continuity as such. The script originally prompted for Lester to throw the plate on the floor, however it was decided that he throw it against the wall instead without the knowledge of Annette Bening or Thora Birch. It had to be done in one take (which it was) to get a real shock reaction. The lamp was removed to avoid any debris knocking it over, and the picture was repositioned in-line with Lester's aim for a clean throw and to minimize any risk of Kevin Spacey knocking the picture off the wall spoiling the 'one-take shot'.
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When Angela and Jane are outside the school talking to Ricky, there is a shot in which the filter of Angela's cigarette is visible, and it's clearly white. As the cigarette is half-smoked, it should be brown from the tar. However, this could be deliberate as it could be that Angela and Jane are not really smoking and just trying to look cool.
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When Lester takes the bag of marijuana from Ricky, Ricky mentions that there is a card in the bag with his beeper number. He gives this contact information only to Lester because he can trust Lester that he won't turn him over to the police, this may not be the case for Ricky's other customers.
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In Jane's phone book, she has Lester's work phone number as 555-1251; he gives it as 555-0199, but he may have multiple lines. However, this is not her mother's work number of 555-0195, despite some reports to the contrary.
When Ricky opens his father's glass case to remove the Nazi plate, there is no glass in the door.
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After Carolyn and Buddy order takeout in Mr. Smiley's drive thru (Lester hears them ordering inside on a speaker) they then drive past the menu board with the intercom/speaker for placing orders (we clearly saw Lester order here in a earlier scene). We can see they have never actually stopped at the menu station to order or to be overheard ordering by Lester inside.
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When Lester and Carolyn are at the party and walking up to talk to Buddy, Lester can be seen at the bottom left looking directly into the camera for a split second.
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When we see Carolyn scrubbing the kitchen counter preparing for her open house, the kitchen sink and window are on the wall camera left. Later when she is showing the house to prospective buyers the kitchen sink and window are on the wall camera right from the same POV. The 180 degree change in the room layout is evidence that the negative has been flipped from one scene to another.
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When Lester pulls into Mr. Smiley's for the first time, the logo for Green Burrito is visible in the upper left corner of the drive-thru menu.
The plastic bag video was supposedly filmed with a hand-held camera but there is no hand shake.
Ricky Fitts walks from the Fitts house to Colonel Fitts, who is washing his car, into a giant, rectangular shadow. That shadow is not possible through real-world causes, because the Fitts' house is simultaneously casting a shadow forward, towards the street.
When Lester hands the fast food bags to his wife & her lover at the window, the bags are clearly empty.
When Lester is driving his Toyota Camry while smoking pot, it can clearly be seen that there is a stuntman driving the car as it passes during the beginning of the scene.
When Carolyn drives up to her home in the final scene, the rain sounds like it has an echo, as if it were inside a stage.
In the end of the movie. Lester talks about the maple trees aligning the streets in the neighborhood where he lives. Only that maple trees are only there in the on-location shots of his street. When we see the Burnham and Fitts homes., shot in a studio backlot, there are no maple trees there.
The street where the Burnhams and Fitts lives constantly change geometry throughout the movie. In scenes shot on location the street is perfectly straight. When the scenes are shot in a studio back lot, the street is curved.
Carolyn Burnham's business phone number for Burnham Realty is listed as 555-0195 on her yard sign, but 555-0184 on the one-page fliers for the open house in the Plexiglas stand on the welcome/info table.
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Lester is shot in the back of his head, yet when Ricky and Jane walk in we see Lester's face, but there's no exit hole. The position of the gun and the fact that blood is splattered on the wall means there should be an exit hole in his forehead, but there isn't.
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The finger pulling the trigger at the end is bare but in the next scene the killer is wearing plastic gloves (full-screen version only)
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In the final sequence when Lester's life flashes before his eyes, there is a close up of the wing of his cousin's "brand new" Pontiac Firebird. The paint on the wing shown has a decidedly aged patina indicating that the car shown is by no means brand new.
The angle at which the blood flies when Lester is shot is too low to be from his head. Earlier, the same shot shows his head to be much higher in the frame.
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