Continuity mistake: In the Little Miss Sunshine pageant there is a girl who, in the talent competition, does a dance in a cyan-colored uniform-type costume. Her act is before Olive's, which is the very last act, however after the girl's act, she can be seen in one shot being led towards the stage and in another having makeup put on, both times in the same costume. Neither of these should be happening if she has already done her act.
Continuity mistake: In the mad rush to get to the hotel, the family gets off on the exit and is trying to decide what to do. During this time, the camera angle changes several times. During this change, the traffic behind them disappears, and reappears between shots. Most noticeable is a semi that vanishes and reappears.
Continuity mistake: During the dinner scene at the beginning of the movie, there is a round polystyrene pot on the table that moves between shots. In the long or close up shots, it is right in front of the Popsicle box, whereas in the side shots, it is in the centre of table, quite a distance from the box.
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Continuity mistake: When Dwayne has his outburst after discovering that he is color-blind, observe the wheels of the VW stopped at the edge of the highway. In close shots the tires are next to a raised curb, while in distance shots the full tire is visible, right down to the point where they touch the pavement, indicating no raised curb.
Continuity mistake: When the family arrives at the Redondo Suites Hotel, they pull into the middle of the parking lot. When the funeral home van is there, the van is in an entirely different spot with bushes at the front bumper. Then, when they are leaving, the van is back in its original space.