Best comedy movie factual errors of 1997
Factual error: John Cusack arrives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and drives through the downtown area while we hear Minnie Driver's voice-over. He not only passes some storefronts at least twice, but one of the storefronts has a large yellow and brown awning reading "Monrovia Beauty Supply," which is located in Monrovia, California.
Factual error: A minor only has a certain amount of time (typically, 6 months) to invalidate a contract entered into when such person was underage once that person turns 18 (or the age of emancipation in that state). This brings up a plot hole: If the marriage was not invalidated because Samantha Cole was underage, the prenuptial agreement would not be either, and Fletcher could not have used that argument to win the case, since he specifically states that she was seventeen at the time of her marriage.
Add timeJ I Cohen
Factual error: During Howard's "Thank You" speech to New York he gives NYC the gift of a live performance by AC/DC. The year was 1985. As the band takes the stage and launches into "You Shook Me All Night" we see Phil Rudd on drums. Rudd had quit AC/DC two years earlier and was replaced by Simon Wright. (Rudd returned in 1994, hence being part of the band when the scene was filmed).
Factual error: In the prom scene in which Romy and Michelle wear Madonna costumes, Romy is wearing her hair up in a distinctive ponytail assumingly inspired by the famous ponytail Madonna sported in her Blond Ambition World Tour. However, this scene is supposed to be taking place in around 1987 and Madonna did not wear that ponytail until 1990.
Factual error: During the scene where Charlie's thug, Lo, is in the street with the homeless man and his "busket", Lo gets angry at him, pulls his Glock out and rakes the slide to chamber a round. However, in the next shots of Lo we see his Glock with the slide still back even though it should have returned to the closed position.
Factual error: The movie opens with the Academy Awards, which as everyone knows are held no later than late March. Then Howard's wedding is no less than a week later, at which point he accidentally outs himself and is subsequently fired. It's clear that the kids' graduation is no more than a week or two later (made especially clear by the fact that Cameron, rushing to town, gets there the same night of the wedding and then is still there at graduation.) But high school graduations are in June or, at the earliest, May - which last time I checked was more than a week or two after the end of March.
Factual error: When Brad is in the Mexican bar and he tries out his one sentence of Spanish that he knows, he uses the word "novia" which can mean either boyfriend or girlfriend depending on the vowel you use at the end of the word. The translation the movie uses is wife, but in spanish wife is "esposa" not "novia."
Add timeTobin OReilly
Factual error: In the scene where the Professor Phillip first sees his creation (Flubber), he states that Flubber is 77 degrees Kelvin. Theoretically speaking, 77 degrees Kelvin is extremely cold, about -195 degrees Celsius (or -320 degrees Fahrenheit). The professor was handling Flubber with his bare hand at one point so he should've acquired one heck of a cold burn.
Factual error: At one point late in the film, Terry says she called in a favor to the "District Attorney" after Lim was arrested. In Chicago, where the film is set and where the arrest took place, there are State's Attorneys, not District Attorneys. Terry, a lawyer practicing in Chicago, would most definitely have known that.
Factual error: During the remote control car chase the bad guys' minivan drives directly over it at one point. From the view of the toy car, you can see a driveshaft running down the centre of the undercarriage, which would be impossible on a front-wheel-drive vehicle like the Nissan Quest they're driving, which use half axles to drive the front wheels.
Factual error: In the scene where Deliverance is showing Mark her dad's hot rod, most of what she says about it is wrong. A rebuilt special edition 428 Hemi? Fuel injection for a 747? If it is a Hemi, it's a four-twenty-SIX and a 747 is a Plymouth transmission. You cannot fuel inject one.
Factual error: The establishing shot of the film shows an art gallery with the subtitle 'The Royal National Gallery, London'. Not only is there no such museum (its closest match being simply the 'National Gallery'), but the shot actually shows the Tate Britain, complete with visible red banner outside saying 'Tate Gallery'.
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