Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy (1995)

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Continuity mistake: The deer knocks the rear-view mirror off the windshield, however, when the boys are driving down the highway and the car hood flies off, you can see the mirror again, then it's gone and then it's back again.

Revealing mistake: When Tommy is trying to bend the car door back you can see a wire holding the door in place so that Tommy can hit it as hard as he wants and it won't go back in place.

Continuity mistake: During the sales trip the two main characters stop at a gas station to get gas. during this stop Tommy bends the door back and after some struggle gets it to the normal door position. Before Richard gets back to the car however there is a shot of the door all dented up but in place. When Richard pulls the door off it falls to the ground and there isn't a single dent on it. (Also, is it me or does it seem a little ridiculous that someone that loves his car so much didn't notice the large dent down the edge of the door as he faced it while walking from the station to the car?)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tommy and his 'girlfriend' are sitting in the boat and about to get picked on by the kids on the shore, Tommy's Life jacket changes. One shot it's got a white line and a button on it and in the next shot, they're not there. Then the line and button show up again.

Continuity mistake: In the "fat guy in a little coat" scene, you can see Chris Farley's reflection in the window; he's wearing only a white T-shirt. When it cuts back to him, he's in David Spade's coat, trying to rip it.

Factual error: You hear Richard unzip his pants when he sees the woman diving into the pool, but even before he goes to the window he is wearing boxers. Boxers are all buttoned, they don't have zippers.

Continuity mistake: Tommy is celebrating with his father the recent engagement. First you see them pouring the champagne, then second you hear the champagne bottle being opened. (There is only one bottle of champagne.)

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Suggested correction: This isn't how it happens. The cork pops during the transition, then we see one glass already filled and the third glass is being poured. This is a common technique to imply a celebration is occurring and to avoid wasting valuable movie time watching someone pour 3 glasses of champagne.


Factual error: Rob Lowe gets into his red Cadillac and is strangled by the motorized seat belt - no Cadillac model ever had motorized seat belts.

Visible crew/equipment: When Rob Lowe arrives on the Greyhound, the camera starts from high and moves down. Its reflection is visible in the windshield of the bus.

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Continuity mistake: When Tommy is changing in the small airplane bathroom, the tie that he has on before it gets stuck in the toilet is different then the one he has on after he gets it unstuck.


Revealing mistake: When Richard (David Spade) vacuums the "moths", you can clearly see they are little balls of cotton or other material being blown by a chute of air to make them appear as if they were flying.

Factual error: When the two are travelling the country to sell the brake pads, when they go to Detroit, it is not Detroit. The Detroit skyline looks nothing like that and the Detroit road sign appears to be added/airbrushed in.

Visible crew/equipment: Before Beverley comes out of the pool, a crew member and a boom mike are reflected in the glass door that Big Tom closes.

Deliberate mistake: The huge bruise on Tommy's face, from the board hitting him, disappears in less than a day.

Continuity mistake: When Tommy is changing in the bathroom, there is some paper towels in the sink. In the next shot it dissapears, and then it comes back along with a coat hanger.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of scene 14, where Tommy is driving and the hood pops up, you can see a clear view of the motor, and there is no oil can. When they stop, after the hood gets ripped off, Richard points out the can.

Character mistake: When Tommy is looking at his grade, the names are suppose to be in alphabetical order. However, "Blackburn, William" appears after "Bollen, Max" when it should have come before.


Continuity mistake: Tommy and Tom Sr. are celebrating the engagement and drinking champagne. In one shot, Tommy is holding the glass in one hand, while in the shot immediately following, he holds it in the other.

Continuity mistake: When Chris Farley and David Spade get into a fight on the side of the road and David Spade hits Farley with a can see and hear Spade drop the 2x4 twice. [He doesn't drop it twice. He breaks half of the board and if falls. Then he drops the other half.]

Continuity mistake: When Tommy and Richard pick up the hitchhiker, the close ups show the windshield with many more small spider cracks in it than later scenes with the car where you only see a few large cracks instead.


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