Best comedy movie factual errors of 1990

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Factual error: When Kevin's mom leaves Paris to return home, the plane shown departing the airport is a DC-9. No airline uses this plane for trans-Atlantic service - it doesn't have the required range.

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Suggested correction: Maybe they'll change planes somewhere along the lines of New York, Maine or Eastern Canada?

dizzyd

And while changing planes they still didn't notice they had a kid missing?

When the mum leaves Paris she has already realised Kevin is missing.

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Factual error: Cher complains that Astroturf is going to ruin baseball. Mermaids is set in 1963 when Astroturf was still being developed under the name Chemigrass. It wasn't christened Astroturf until it made its world debut on the floor of the Houston Astrodome in 1966.

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Factual error: In 1885 when Maggie McFly asks Seamus for a word, they walk into the other room and behind them are a few garments hung on pegs on wire hangers. The wire hanger was invented by Albert J. Parkhouse in 1903, eighteen years later.

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Factual error: The movie was to have taken place in the late 60's,in the restaurant scene two guys on stage are singing "A Horse With No Name" which didn't come out until 1974.

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Factual error: When the Security Guard in the pump room gets bitten on the nose, he starts shooting with his revolver (a SIX shooter). Count the bangs. He manages to fire SEVEN times.

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Factual error: When Christian Slater is talking on the phone in one scene, it is clear it is a cordless phone. When he slams it down, however, it makes that "ding" sound like older phones that really have a bell in them.

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Ghost (1990)

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Factual error: Banker Carl (Goldwyn) threatens to kill Molly at 11 pm if he doesn't get his $4 million. Goldwyn goes searching for his money at Whoopi Goldberg's house. Goldberg is arguing with her sisters over whether to watch The Arsenio Hall Show or change the channel to watch Love Connection. In New York, where the movie takes place, The Arsenio Hall Show was on at 11:30 pm (already past the time he threatened to kill Molly) and Love Connection was on at 9:00 am and both shows were broadcast on the same channel.

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Factual error: Throughout the entire film Burt holds all of his rifles' butts underneath his armpit, rather than against his shoulder. A trained "survivalist" such as him would surely know better. Holding the "elephant gun" in such a way would most likely break his arm, wrist and hand when it fired.

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RJR99SS
Men at Work picture

Factual error: The lights and siren of a police car don't go on when starting the engine. They are turned on and off separately from the engine.

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RoyT
Three Men and a Little Lady picture

Factual error: During the second half of the film, set in Britain, Peter Mitchell is hiding away from a woman. She opens the door and asks "What are you doing in my closet?" She seems to talk with an upper class British accent, but she wouldn't use the American word "closet," but use either "wardrobe" or "cupboard."

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The Freshman picture

Factual error: There are multiple mistakes in the Italian passport for Clark. Febraio (February) is spelled with only one 'b', and the city Palermo is followed by the region name, which is not put on a passport.

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Taking Care of Business picture

Factual error: When Jimmy hot-wires the Lotus for the last time, he touches a red wire to a black one, the starter engages and the engine starts. Then he twists the two wires together. This would result in the starter running constantly, overheating it, and burning it out. A competent car thief would know never to do that.

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Factual error: Buddy's early '60s black-and-white photo of his girlfriend is on modern-day Kodak paper - you can see the printing on the back of the photo in the restaurant that's advertising the brand.

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Problem Child picture

Factual error: When John Ritter and his wife are sitting with the fertility expert, the doctor explains how her reproductive system is not functional. The manner in which he explains this would lead us to believe that she would have been physically unable to menstruate, thus she would have known long before this meeting that she was incapable of bearing a child.

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Factual error: In the time Cry Baby is based, there was racial tension (the judge even makes a racial remark about negroes being present). The jails would have been segregated until 1965, yet when Cry Baby goes to jail, both whites and blacks are in the scene. The only time whites and blacks were ever together was during rec time and meals.

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Ghost Dad picture

Factual error: When Bill Cosby (as a ghost) goes to the doctor and the doctor checks his heart (which is not beating), Bill Cosby then presses play on a tape recording of a sound of a beating heart. The doctor hears this through the stethoscope, even though the tape recorder is behind Bill's back, which is not possible.

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The Rookie picture

Factual error: At the beginning when one of the thieves steals the red Porsche, he opens the car with a tool but turns it on without the key in just one second.

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oswal13
Another 48 Hrs. picture

Factual error: No handgun shots can throw a police officer through the air halfway over a diner. That's just pure Hollywood fantasy (Mythbusters even proved this using all kinds of guns).

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Gavin Jackson
The Bonfire of the Vanities picture

Factual error: When McCoy gets off the subway, we see he is riding the number 1 train and he gets off at 77th Street station. First of all, the number 1 train runs on the west side of Manhattan, no where near his Park Avenue residence on the east side, and second, there are no 77th Street stops on the number 1 line.

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