There's Something About Mary

There's Something About Mary (1998)

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New this month Continuity mistake: When Mary and her friends are eating lunch, Pat is sitting behind Joanie. There is enough room for someone to walk through. At the end of that scene, when Mary says that she has a vibrator the distance between Pat and Joanie has increased by double if not tripled.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Ted and Dom are looking at Mary, speaking with Warren and Pat from behind the tree, if you look carefully you can see the camera and crew in the reflection in Ted's glasses.

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Continuity mistake: In the confrontation scene where all of Mary's admirers are forcing her to choose between them, Woogie is sat on the couch with a pile of Mary's shoes. Every time the camera shoots back to him, you will notice that the position of the shoes changes each time. This is also mentioned by the directors on the DVD commentary.

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Continuity mistake: This is during the scene on the outside steps of Mary's office, when Mary and Ted see each other for the first time. A suit-wearing businessman comes from the left side of the screen behind Mary twice. This happens when Mary is saying "Ted? Is...Is that you?" and the camera goes back and forth between Ted and Mary.

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Continuity mistake: When Ben Stiller got his "frank and beans" caught in the zipper, the friendly police officer thought he would assist with the problem. He unbuttoned his sleeves and rolled them up, but then the next camera shot showed them buttoned up, and had to be rolled up again.

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Continuity mistake: About one hour into this movie, when Healy is playing tag with the 'Neary group people' he goes for the touch down and Warren runs after him to get the ball. As Warren first dives for the ball, you can see that he has three red tags attached to his back, in the next shot as he lands you can see that the tags have disappeared.

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Factual error: The chiropractor that Ben Stiller's character visits says "Tender fascial tissue left of L7" as he is treating his back. However there are only 5 Lumbar Vertebra in our back, L7 doesn't exist.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Mary is having lunch with her three friends and she is talking about the kind of guy she wants to meet, you can see the boom mic in the reflection of her sunglasses.

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Audio problem: When Mrs. Jenson see's Ted's thing caught in his zipper, she turns and yells "Holy Shit!" Her lips however don't reflect these heard words.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Mary and Ted are driving with the dog on top of the car, when Ted opens the door you can see the camera operator, and the boom mic reflect from the car door.

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Continuity mistake: When Puffy the dog goes crazy, he bites Ted's neck and Ted crashes onto the counter, smashing into some wine glasses and cups. Between a closeup and a wideshot, the smashed glass that lays around Ted changes. Also in the closeup Ted is fully on the counter, yet in the wideshot he is half on the counter, with his legs hanging off of the side.

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Continuity mistake: When Pat is spying on Mary, the first morning he spies on her, Mary leaves her house and walks down to a deck and she throws Herb an apple. In a wide shot, on the barrel next to Herb is a cup, yet in the following closeup a bottle of whisky appears from nowhere.

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Revealing mistake: When Puffy the dog bites Ted and pulls him along, Ted digs his fingermails into the floor, they scrape along, making marks. If you look very closely you can see faint pre-made marks made in the floor, where he drags his nails along.

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Continuity mistake: When we see the first shot of the meeting Dom is holding, you can see the meeting table with loads of sheets on it. Then it changes to a shot of Dom standing by his big pad (just before Ted runs and yells "Mary's a fox!"), and the sheets on the table have moved around and some have vanished.

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Continuity mistake: When Pat is round Mary's, he is holding the dog. Between a wideshot and closeup, the way he holds the dog changes.

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Factual error: Ben Stiller takes Cameron Diaz to the prom in 1985, but picks her up in a car made well after that; it has the newer-style headlamps.

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Continuity mistake: There is a scene where Ted and Mary are on a date and Mary is eating corn dog. There is a cut from her holding the corn dog where she and Ted talk and she doesn't eat any of it at all. Next shot showing the corn dog however, and there is a lot less than there was a couple of seconds before.

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Continuity mistake: When Mary says to Ted "I have a lot of fun with him" about Warren, her hair falls over her eye. In the next shot it is pushed back.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ted is sitting on his bed, he pulls out his wallet to look at a picture of Mary. When he first pulls it out, he is looking at it from the side. But when they actually show you the face of the picture, it is upright.

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Continuity mistake: When Ted is laying in bed, he gets up and pushes his blue and red sleeping bags further down the bed, just before taking his picture of Mary out of his wallet. Between shots the position of the sleeping bags changes greatly.

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Revealing mistake: When the investigator takes Ted's head and starts slamming it on the table after Ted got finished telling them about the hitchhiker, Ted's head never hits the table but his own hand.

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Continuity mistake: When the dog is dead, Pat tries to revive it by using some wires. When it fails, he puts the wires on the couch then peeks into the kitchen to see what Mary and Magda are up to. Then in the next closeup of the dog, the wires how moved to laying on his stomach.

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Continuity mistake: The crowd that watches the guy fight with Warren and Ted near the beginning keeps on changing. People move where they're standing between shots and the arrangment of the crowd changes throughout the scene between shots too.

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Factual error: When Ben Stiller gets done "cleaning the pipes", he looks around the bathroom for "the missing hair gel", it is shown hanging from his ear when he answers the door. This is somewhat unrealistic. This glob of "hair gel" would never have hung onto his ear for as long as it did. It would have dripped onto his shoulder long before he reached the door.

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Continuity mistake: When Ted and Mary are sitting on top of the car, Mary looks at her watch to see what the time is, but if you look closely, her watch is facing the camera, so there is no way she could have seen what the time was.

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Continuity mistake: When the dog is on fire, Pat gets a vase of water and pours it on the dog. In a wide shot the dog is on it's back, with all fours pointed up in the air. Yet in the closeup of the water being poured on the dog, the dog is on it's stomach just sitting down properly. This is obviously due to the switch of the fake dog to the real dog.

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Continuity mistake: Ben Stiller gets "hooked" with Warren's fishing line, getting a hook that quite noticeably has the prongs sticking out of his cheek when they are removing it. In the next scene, however, no scar, and no sign of the injury exists.

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Deliberate mistake: The man kissing Cameron Diaz in that last shot (when the homeless guy shoots the drummer) is not Ben Stiller, noticeable by his much taller, slender figure.

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Continuity mistake: Tucker shows his ID bending its left side in the wide angles, yet in the close-up it appears straight.

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Visible crew/equipment: Just before Warren's fishing hook gets stuck in Ted's lip, the camera pans from showing Warren fishing to Ted and Mary. Here you can see the reflection of the crew on the ground and finally on Ted and Mary when they are standing there.

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Continuity mistake: When Ted sees Mary for the first time in years, the hood on his sweatshirt changes from his back to his right shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: When Mary has lunch with three friends, in a wide shot one of her friends picks up her drink and brings it to face level. In the following closeup of her, she brings the drink to her face again.

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Deliberate mistake: When Ben Stiller gets done "cleaning the pipes", he looks around the bathroom for "the missing hair gel", he should have known where it was simply by his senses. Earlobes have feeling in them. He should have felt something wet on his earlobe. He also would have felt it dangling from his earlobe.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, when the camera is focused on all of Mary's suitors in her apartment, you clearly hear Matt Dillon say "Dom?!" off camera (as if he entered the room and was surprised to see Woogie there). A few seconds later, he bursts through the door, sees Woogie and says "Dom?!".

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Continuity mistake: Ted makes fingernail marks in the floor when Puffy is pulling him along. Two things wrong: His fingernails aren't even touching the floor when he makes them, and the marks seem to disappear in almost all of the long shots.

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Factual error: When Magda uses her police scanner to listen to Healy's conversations, she explains it just picks up cellular phones, This is incorrect - in the 90s, police scanners picked up conversations on "cordless" landline phones (in a short range), but not cell phones.

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Visible crew/equipment: Ted confronts Tucker and Healy at Healy's apartment. After Tucker says they need a drink and Ted is yelling at Healy, a red object with a black dot appears on Healy's face for an instant.

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Continuity mistake: As Ben drives up to Mary's house to take her to the prom, you see the front of the house and the front door with the door knob on the left side of the door. When the door opens though the handle would have had to be on the right. No way the door could open the way shown in the movie if the handle was on the left.

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Continuity mistake: When we're introduced to Mary's neighbor sunbathing, the Kool packet next to her changes positions between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: While Healy and Tucker throw speed at the house, the cucumber slices on the couch move around between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ted confronts Tucker and Healy at Healy's apartment, three piles of dog feces are visible on the floor (next to the door,) when he enters. Several minutes later, when Ted leaves, only one pile is visible.

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Continuity mistake: When Ted is fighting with the dog, the carpet under the table changes back and forth between flat and bunched up.

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