Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal (2001)

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Continuity mistake: When Hal's co-workers bring him a cake for his promotion, Rosemary takes a slice out for herself. They change shots a couple times, and the size of the piece missing from the cake changes several times, and the layers of the cake change as well.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal and his best friend are having a chat at the bar, Hal's best friend's beer refills after every scene when he takes a drink of it.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal is confronting the two guys that made fun of Rosie he points to Rosie outside the restaurant and her shoes change from brown and black clogs (which is what she was wearing throughout the scene) to a plain black slide. Watch, it is totally obvious because they show her shoes several times before they suddenly change.

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Continuity mistake: After Rosemary cuts the cake, she lays the knife down and in the next few shots the knife changes position from laying down to sitting up back to laying down again.

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Continuity mistake: About the cake - not only the size of the slice changes, but the type of cake too. In the first shot, it appears to be vanilla on top, chocolate on the bottom. Second shot, it is all chocolate, and the third, it is chocolate on top and vanilla on the bottom.

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Continuity mistake: At the DoubleDoor Inn, where Rosie is seen dancing with the guy with spina bifida, we see the other guests applaud and approach them once they have finished dancing. And if you look closely you will see that Hal joins the crowd at the right hand side of your screen. But as it cuts to the next shot where Rosie is walking away from the crowd, we see Hal catch up with her from the opposite side where he was standing with the crowd.

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Continuity mistake: This mistake happens when Rosemary and Hal make up for the first time. Rosemary is standing in the doorway and she is holding a tray containing two coffees. As the shots goes from Hal to Rosemary, you can clearly see the coffees switch sides on the tray.

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Continuity mistake: In the first club scene, Jason Alexander is dancing with a swaying woman, behind them is a woman wearing a headband and sleeveless pink top; as the camera pans around the corner to Hal's new dance partner who is holding on to the railings, the same girl with a headband is dancing next to them, only this time with a different guy.

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Continuity mistake: After two men insult Rosemary, Hal goes back into the restaurant. In one shot the restaurant door is nearly closed behind him, shot change and the door is much wider open.

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Revealing mistake: When Rosemary is carrying Hal out of the front door if you look closely at his shirt you can see it moving around from the wires that are keeping him suspended.

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Continuity mistake: When Hal and Mauricio are talking about Rosemary, Mauricio is reading a paper. Between shots he goes from holding the paper by his chest, to holding it by his legs.

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Revealing mistake: At the end of the film when Hal and Rosemary reunite, Rosemary hugs Hal. In one shot, you can see Paltrow's thin hands, and beneath her shirt sleeve, the end of her fat suit's arm.

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Continuity mistake: When Hal is visiting Rosemary's parents for the first time, right before they start to eat, it is dark outside with crickets chirping everywhere. But when they start eating, you can easily see sunlight through the windows and all over the dining room.

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Continuity mistake: When Hal is talking to his best friend in the gym when his best friend talks about "cankles," the machine weights in the back change numbers from frame to frame.

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Continuity mistake: After Hal asks Katrina on a date, and he thinks she's messing him about, Katrina takes a pen from her bag. In one shot she holds the pen so the nib is upright with no lid on, yet in the next shot she is holding it the other way round, and the lid is on.

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Continuity mistake: When Rosemary breaks the bench in the 4-star restaurant, her dress goes up, and she's wearing either a dark blue or black g-string; but in the next scene, when she's getting up, her g-string is red.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack and Dave are talking about the promotion, in a shot behind Dave, Dave has his hand raised, but in a front shot his hand is down on the table.

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Continuity mistake: After the elevator stops, Tony puts his right hand on the top of Hal's arm but when the shot changes it is on Hal's shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal puts the petroleum jelly on his face, the amount and location of it changes frequently from shot to shot.

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Continuity mistake: When you first see Rosemary's friend Lee Boy as his true self he has a noticeable mark on the left side of his face. Towards the end of the film it looks as though the film has been reversed because the mark is now on the right side.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Hal goes outside after his special "seminar" in the elevator with Tony Robbins, he hails a taxi and walks over to open the door when he notices that a woman is also opening the door. As the shot pans back from the taxi and he is apologizing to her, you can clearly see a boom microphone reflected in the triangular window, moving back and forth.

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Deliberate mistake: Throughout the movie, you can see the size of true-size Rosemary, particularly her waist and legs. Notice the size of undies she was going to purchase when she and Hal first meet. Notice the size of her bathing suit bottom. However, in the scene where she throws her purple nightie undies at Hal and he catches them: the panties are WAY TOO BIG. Especially the leg holes, which could go around her true-size waist.

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Continuity mistake: When Hal has "contagious conjunctivitis", Rosemary touches his cheek with a majorly fat hand, but at the end when they're hugging at Rosemary's go-away party, her hands are shrunken and skinny.

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Plot hole: In the end when Mauricio meets the dog loving girl his tail is seen wagging through his pants, which he says it does when he's happy or nervous. Since it's so plainly visible, how come Hal (or anyone else for that matter) never noticed it?

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Revealing mistake: As they're leaving together from Rosie's house at the end, Rosie stands up in the car to wave at people. The car sinks down with her weight when she puts her second foot inside the car, not when she takes it off the ground which is when all her weight would be on the car.

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Factual error: When Jack Black wants to be with Gywneth Paltrow, he decides to join the Peace Corps and leaves soon after. Anyone who has served in the Peace Corps or ever applied for service, knows that it takes months, and in some cases even years, to complete the application process. Therefore, it is impossible to decide to join the Peace Corps one day and commence service shortly afterwards. No one, even people who work at Peace Corps Headquarters, can swear-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer until after their first 3 months (out of a total of 27 months in country) of successful completion of training.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal goes to congratulate Ralph on getting back together with Rosemary, the amount of dandruff on Ralph's black shirt keeps changing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Rosemary and Hal are talking in the fast food diner Rosemary's chair breaks and she is looking at Hal on her side, but when the camera changes view she is laying on her stomach.

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Continuity mistake: As they're leaving the house at the end, just before they drive off, they show the car from front. Behind them, you can see Jason Alexander with his hands in his pockets. Next shot is from behind the car and he has his hand up in the air waving.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Gwyneth is stripping at the end of the bed they start out with a front shot. She puts her hair behind her ears and there is none on the front of her. Then they switch to a back shot. She now has her hair pulled forward where it is lying on her chest.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the restaurant when Hal is about to find out what Rosemary really looks like, Rosemary is sitting with a green napkin in her lap. When she starts to fall, from the booth breaking, the napkin is still in her lap. When Hal rushes over to help her up, the napkin is nowhere in sight.

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Continuity mistake: When Rosemary gets into Mauricio's VW at the end, the car drops down rather significantly (for comedic effect). However when Li'iBoy (who is heavier than Rosemary) and Ralph were in the right side of the car when it pulled up to the house, it wasn't leaning at all.

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jerimiah

Visible crew/equipment: When Tony Robbins slams the limo door to confront Jason Alexander, a crew member can be seen in the door's reflection.

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William Bergquist

Visible crew/equipment: When in the elevator, Tony says "OK, hypothetical situation..." and as he talks, to the right of the screen you can see some equipment moving around.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black are in the restaurant, you first see her with a clip in her hair, but after she falls down it is gone.

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Audio problem: When Hal is talking to Katrina, after he's been de-hypnotized, in the over-the-shoulder shot of him facing her, we hear him talking but his mouth doesn't start moving until he turns to look away from her.

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jerimiah

Continuity mistake: In the scene in the gym, where Mauricio is telling Hal that Rosemary has cankles, from shot to shot, the black towel that Hal has in his hands continually jumps from being on his shoulders, to being in his lap.

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Continuity mistake: When Hal is sitting in the elevator with Tony after it stopped, he is talking about a "severance pop." In this shot, the collar is his shirt is sitting out over his black waistcoat. But in the next closeup, it is nicely tucked under the waistcoat.

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Continuity mistake: When Hal's dad is on his deathbed, his hospital gown is wrinkled, including a large fold across his stomach. There is then a shot of Hal with his dad in the foreground and the gown is perfectly smooth. The next shot shows the dad again and the wrinkles are back.

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Jeff Swanson

Visible crew/equipment: When Jack Black and Jason Alexander are in the gym, Alexander talks about cankles. Watch the upper left hand part of the screen. The boom mic dips into the shot at least twice.

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Revealing mistake: When the "real" Ralph is first shown at the Peace Corp office, he has an unattractive and nerdy appearance/voice. When arriving at Rosemary's party in the car, when saying "Amen to that", he suddenly looks fairly attractive and his voice sounds less nerdy. Then when saying "Good luck Hal", his voice becomes nerdy again.

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Continuity mistake: After Mauricio hits his head after explaining to Hal about being beat up in gym class, some of his shake-on hair becomes dislodged, leaving five or so bald spots on the back of his head. In the very next shot from the back, the bald spots are filled in again.

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jerimiah

Continuity mistake: In the scene with Hal and Mauricio in the bar, they both have a beer. In the shot where Hal asks if things are okay between Mauricio and his girlfriend, Hal takes a drink from his beer and Mauricio is holding his beer down by his chest. In the next shot Hal is suddenly not drinking his beer anymore and it is out of sight and now Mauricio's beer is by his mouth.

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Audio problem: In the restaurant, when Hal is standing at the hostess table asking about the booth before Mauricio calls on his cell phone, you can see the hostess' reflection in the small mirror or window next to her and the movements do not match. The mouth in the reflection opens to say yes before she does.

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