Mia's deceased father: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.
The actor who plays Mia's dad is actually Anne Hathaway's dad, and he just happened to be in San Francisco the day of filming. That is how he ended up in the film. See more...
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Continuity: Right at the start of the movie, when Mia is shown opening her window blinds, there are some books on a shelf to the left. The lowermost is Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", which her grandmother will first give her much later in the movie, together with a rather large book ("The Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette"), in which Mia has already been reading in the immediately preceding scene.
Continuity: When Mia and Michael are talking and Michael asks Mia to come and see his band, keep your eye on the background. You see Lily running to catch up with them and she passes in between two people and doesn't even look at them, then in the next shot she passes them again, points at the boy who has stepped to the side and says "Not you, I don't even know you."
Continuity: In the beginning of the movie Mia slides down the pole to get to the main floor. The next shot is her mom coming down a ladder to the ground floor talking to Mia, but you can see the top of Mia's head in the foreground as she walks down the staircase. Supposedly she's already on the ground floor via the pole.
Continuity: When Mia is in her room preparing to run away, there is a shot of Fat Louie in his carrier, and there is a white spot around his eye. In the rest of the movie he doesn't have a spot on his eye. This is because in the making of the movie there were 4 different cats used to portray Fat Louie. Still a mistake though.
Continuity: When Mia and her grandmother enter in the ballroom together at the end. Mia's mom and her date are clearly standing in front of the band, but when Mia is looking for someone to dance with, they are standing beside what looks like curtains. Then as Mia and Michael start dancing you see her mom back in front of the band.
Continuity: When Mia and Queen Clarisse are careening down the hill in Mia's Mustang, you see she hits the trolley on the green part and puts a HUGE dent in the side of it. Later in a different shot, you see the trolley and the green part has no dent, and the car is much to low to have hit the trolley in the green part in the first place.
Continuity: When Josh finishes his debate speech, and the teacher tells him to change back into his uniform, watch Fontana. She goes from sitting casually to looking like she's enjoying the fact that he's taking off his shirt, and back to casual again. It's right when Lana is talking about how Josh is her man. Once Josh sits down, Fontana is looking at Josh in the same sort of way.