Corrected entry: The scene with Carolyn cleaning the dirty house herself is totally impossible given everything we're told about her character. We are over and over shown how Carolyn is obsessive about details (matching her gardening clogs to the tip of her pruning shears, for example) and her agency is Burnham and Associates - meaning she either owns the business or is a partner in it. You don't get to be that level without hiring a paid cleaner to come in and do a thorough job on the house before trying to sell it; this a basic first step, and omitting it is like having a brand-new patient come in and get surgery without even filling out a health history survey or consent form. (And again, nor is it in Carolyn's character.) This, it's a character decision that benefits the plot - in this case, trying to show poor Carolyn humiliating herself to sell the house - despite making no sense.
Corrected entry: When Caroline and Buddy are caught at the drive-thru, it's not clear exactly what time it is, but given the brightness of the day (no long shadows), and her statement about being starving after the "workout we had this morning", it's probably no later than early afternoon. Then, we see them pulling into the parking lot of the motel, in full dark, and it's clear they haven't talked much, if at all, since the drive-thru incident - yet the full darkness would indicate it's been several hours later (even in winter when it gets dark at 4:30 p.m.) Sure, they could've been stuck in traffic, but not for that long, and if they were starving, no way would they have driven terribly far to Mr. Smiley's either.
Corrected entry: Ricky is filming Janie through the window, and she's undressing for him. The camcorder is wired to Ricky's big screen TV so you can see what the camcorder lens see right on the TV. Yet when Ricky's father comes into the room and hits Ricky, the camcorder falls to the floor, and there's a shot of it sliding into a corner of the room without the wires. Of course the wires could be pulled from the camcorder during the fall, but even afterwards you can see everything on the TV screen as well. Also when Ricky's dad goes to the window to look out at Jane, you can see the TV is off - there's no picture. Then, as he's walking out, the TV is back on with the picture of the camcorder's view while laying on the floor. (01:07:40)
Corrected entry: During an early dinner scene, between the two windows on the far wall there is a lamp on the table and the picture is offset. However, in a later dinner scene, the one in which Lester throws the asparagus, there is no lamp and the picture is centred between the two windows. Interior decorating aside, nothing else in the room has changed. (00:06:59)
Corrected entry: When Carolyn was driving home before she noticed the new car in the driveway, if you notice, she starts turning the wheel when in the background, she's going straight. (01:11:15)
Corrected entry: At the end of the cheerleaders dance routine, you can see Janie accidentally kick her hat before picking it up again. (00:15:44)
Corrected entry: In the scene where Lester dials Angela's phone number and then hangs up, Lester quickly strolls out of Janie's room and down the hall, then turns to his left two times to head down the stairs, and there is a window high up in the stairwell that should be on the same side of the house as Janie's window. When they show the house from the vantage point of Ricky Fitz's house (while he is videotaping Janie), it shows that Janie's room is in the corner of the house. This is not possible based on the view of Lester walking out of her bedroom. (00:23:44)
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ricky's father is waxing the back of the car, and the joggers approach, the angle in which his father first notices the joggers is wrong. From his perspective, when he does notice the joggers, he would be looking at the reflection from across the street, not able to notice the joggers. If you keep a close eye on the scene he never looks at the right angle at all, which would be over his left shoulder. (00:46:50)
Corrected entry: During the scene in which Ricky and Jane are watching his recording of the plastic bag floating around, the shot changes from seeing the T.V. with the video to just the video. When there is a close up of the video, it is in widescreen format. Ricky's camera is a camcorder, which would have produced a boxlike image, like that which is shown on the T.V. in the farther shots.
Corrected entry: When Lester is in his car on his way to Mr. Smiley's blasting "American Woman" and openly smoking a joint, a motorcycle cop is shown in the rear window right behind him. The motorcycle comes in from directly behind him and sweeps across the screen. I would guess this is a police escort blocking traffic for the scene, or some less than well thought out background film. Either way, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense that he would fail to notice the motorcycle sweeping across one of his rear view mirrors. (00:56:08)
Corrected entry: When Lester is shot at the end, the barrel of the gun is just around the middle of the back of his head; but when Ricky is looking at him, you don't see any exit wound. With the placement of the gun, wouldn't the bullet come out the middle of his forehead or even between his eyes? (01:51:24)