Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

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Revealing mistake: As Kevin is flying off the front porch on the toboggan, you can see the small wheels mounted on the bottom of the sled to aid in its "jump".

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Revealing mistake: When Harry trips on the fan string throwing feathers all over him, the fan sound is heard running but there's no air blowing at him as the feathers are falling around him undisturbed. A few shots later, we see the fan on and blowing feathers around the room which is what it should have been doing.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin goes to the grocery, he buys Tide detergent. While walking home, the two bags break, but no Tide detergent falls out.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is leaving the church after talking to the old man that lives next door to him, he runs home. Between leaving the church and getting home he is wearing one pair of trousers, when he gets home he is wearing a pair of jeans, then when he is setting up the traps for the bad guys he is back to other pair of trousers.

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Revealing mistake: When the family is rushing all over the house because they're late, they show Brooke coming down the stairs and Heather going up the stairs. Then the scene goes to Mitch Murphy and then comes back to the family rushing. The scene shows the same shot of Brooke and Heather going down and up the stairs.

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Factual error: When Kevin's mom leaves Paris to return home, the plane shown departing the airport is a DC-9. No airline uses this plane for trans-Atlantic service - it doesn't have the required range.

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Continuity mistake: When Joe Pesci places his hand on the red hot doorknob on the front door of Kevin's house, he places his hand on the doorknob sideways, but after he sticks his hand in the snow, he looks at his hand and the letter M that was burned into his hand is straight up and down, not sideways like it should be based on how he grabbed the doorknob.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Kevin prepares to ride his toboggan down the stairs, the front door changes position between half open and completely open.

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Revealing mistake: When Marv is trying to break into the basement with the crowbar but slips on the ice, he hooks the crowbar on the sill of the door and then slips again. The crowbar then falls on his head. The mistake is that when he slips and the crowbar is hanging it is not hooked on the sill of the door, but is obviously hanging by a wire as it swings freely in front of the door.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is putting washing in and taking clothes out of the dryer, he places the orange bottle of liquid on top of the washer with the handle facing away. On taking the clothes out of the drier and closing the door, he turns to see the metal heater scaring him by saying "Kevin." Look over his left shoulder when the shot comes back to Kevin, the orange bottle now has it's handle facing outwards, and the top isn't on properly.

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Revealing mistake: The morning the McCallisters are rushing to get to the airport, the kid from across the street is bothering one of the van drivers. In the scene where the van driver says, "Gee, kid I dunno, hit the road," you can clearly see the kid mouthing the words as the man speaks.

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Continuity mistake: Kevin goes out to cut the top off a tree to use as a Christmas tree. The tree top he drags in is much smaller than the one he decorates.

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Factual error: When Kevin's mom stays behind at the Paris Airport to wait for a flight home, she is shown in a gate area in front of a huge picture window. Outside can be seen an aircraft, a 727 in Eastern Airlines livery, in what is actually Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Eastern never flew to Paris and the aircraft would not have the range for such a flight. Also, you can see a sign that lists Terminal E and F, which are at ORD. They do not have these at Paris ORY.

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Revealing mistake: When Kevin rides the rig on the rope to get to the treehouse, you can see that it was a stuntman who is much taller than Kevin and looks nothing like him.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin goes outside the first time and sees the cars in the garage, the light isn't on. When it shows the garage again in the next shot, the light is on.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Kevin is hanging up ornaments on the Christmas tree and he sees Harry peeping through the window by the reflection of the ornament, the reflection is not entirely accurate. It shows Kevin facing the camera with both the tree and window behind him. The reflection should have shown Kevin with just the window behind him and slightly to his right, based on his original position.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is searching in Buzz' chest, some objects appear or change place after he throws the Playboy magazine away.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin says, "I made my family disappear" and runs around the house, he runs to the foyer and spins in a circle. The window near the stairs is dark meaning it's dark outside. He run upstairs and the window in Kevin's parent's room is also dark. The lights are on too. He then goes to Buzz's room and the kitchen and it's light outside. No lights are on.

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Continuity mistake: When Marv comes to the back door while Kevin is washing dishes, Kevin turns on the Johnny & Snakes movie. Then he goes to get the pot and puts the pot by the back door. The whole time he has his sleeves rolled up, but when he opens a drawer to get firecrackers, his sleeves are rolled down. In the very next shot they're rolled up again. The shot changes too quickly for him to roll them back up.

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Continuity mistake: When the first shot of the rigged rope is shown outside of the upstairs window, the rope appears to be horizontal. Yet, when Kevin rides down it, the rope appears to now be sloping downward towards the treehouse.

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Revealing mistake: When Kevin lands in the treehouse, he's at the back with his feet through the wall. Given where the rope is tied to the tree, he would have hit into the tree or the door frame of the treehouse, not at the back wall.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Kevin is shooting the BB gun at action figures he has lined up along the laundry chute the baseball player figure he sets up is leaning against the left hand side of the laundry chute frame, yet when he begins to shoot at the figures the baseball player is standing up straight on its own and not leaning against the chute frame any longer.

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Continuity mistake: Right after Marv loses his shoes on the tar covered stairs he goes back outside to go in the window. When he's running in the snow you can see that he is wearing little pink booties so his feet don't get cold. When he is getting into the police car at the end, you see a short shot of his feet when he's almost in and you can clearly see he has black boots back on.

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Other mistake: Toward the end of the film, there is a scene where Macaulay Culkin rides a rig on a rope from his house to the treehouse. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern try to follow, but Culkin cuts the rope with a hedge cutter. Problem is: The rope is slack when Mac cuts it. With the weight of two grown men, it would have been stressed like a guitar string.

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Continuity mistake: When Marley enters the store, his right boot swaps from soaking wet to dry between shots.

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Other mistake: Kevin rides down the stairs on his sled and out the door. He originally lined up the sled at the top of the stairs, but it is clear that the stairs lie to the right of the door. His sled went straight down the stairs, therefore making it impossible to go straight out the door in one movement as shown.

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Revealing mistake: When Kevin screams from putting on aftershave, the shot cuts to the spider running behind the toilet. You can see white tiny pellets being thrown at the spider from behind. This must have been to make sure it kept moving during the shot.

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Audio problem: When Kevin is going through Buzz's private things he finds a picture of his girlfriend. Sickened by her appearance, he smashes the picture. But the smashing sound starts before he hits it.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin plays the video when the guy comes to deliver the pizza, the guy on the video says "Hey. I'm gonna give you to the count of ten." When Kevin first saw the movie, the word "Hey" was never spoken. The line immediately before "I'm gonna give you to the count of ten" was "I'll tell you what I'm gonna give you, Snakes".

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Other mistake: When Harry and Marv are making their way across the rope to the tree-house, you can see them dangling in a long shot. It has to be stuntmen because, despite the 12 inch height difference between the characters, they seem to be the same size while hanging there.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Harry tells Marv to go down to the basement door, Marv slips on the icy stairs and falls down to the bottom of the stairwell. At the bottom of the stairs from the camera shot from above you can see an accumulation of snow on the stairs and in the bottom stair well. Yet when Marv finally opens the door and enters the basement all the snow that had accumulated in the stair well has now disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Kevin goes flying into his treehouse and breaks out the wood, the amount of wood missing changes from one scene to the next.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin's father leaves the table to stop Kevin from annoying Buzz, the Pepsi bottle is going to fall, In the following shot, the bottle is not falling and the dishes have moved.

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Continuity mistake: The morning that Kevin wakes up looking for his family, his hair changes in each scene and stands up straighter on top.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is preening himself in the mirror while giving a running commentary of his washing habits, you can see the shower gel (facing forward), aftershave and deodorant to his left by the sink. When it cuts to a close shot, a bottle of fragrance has mysteriously appeared by these items and the shower gel is facing away from Kevin.

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Revealing mistake: When Harry and Marv are crossing the "rope" to the treehouse in the far away shots it is something thinner and resembling more like a steel cable, not a rope as Kevin had put up.

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Continuity mistake: When the McCallisters leave Chicago, they are flying on a DC-10. The plane that arrives in Paris at the end of the flight is a 757. If they changed planes en route, don't you think that the McAllisters would have noticed that Kevin was missing? He isn't old enough to hold his own passport and his parents would have to be there when he boarded the second flight.

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Continuity mistake: Kevin sits down with a meal before the Wet Bandits arrive at the house consisting of macaroni and cheese on a plate. When Harry eventually makes it to the dining room, he is pelted with feathers. Look at the table to the left. A three part microwave meal still in its white plastic container now sits on the plate.

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Continuity mistake: In the shot where Buzz is eating the slice of pizza, he is shoving it into his mouth all bent up. In the next shot from another angle, he is eating it flat and it seems to be a whole new slice.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the robber is breaking into the basement, the steps and concrete by the door are icy. However, when the camera angle changes and it shows the same scene looking out of the basement, there is no ice at all.

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Other mistake: When Kevin is shooting the toys off the laundry chute with Buzz's BB gun, he's looking through the scope with his closed eye.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry is telling Marv when the Christmas lights on the house are going off, right before they are going to rob the house, they show the dashboard of the van. There is nothing on it. When they pull into the driveway, there's paper and other things on the dashboard.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry and Marv are first stalking Kevin in their van, they pull up to the curb and stop at an angle to it. In the next shot, the view out the back of the van and the view of the van from the front show the van parked parallel to the curb.

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Continuity mistake: The iron that hits Marvin strikes his forehead, but after, the imprint is across his whole face.

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Jack Vaughan

Continuity mistake: When Kevin is hiding in the nativity set, you can see him on the right, just covered in the green robe. When it changes to the close up shot, he's now holding a shepherd's staff, which would have been visible in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: The plane for Paris leaves in the morning - around 10 am. Shortly after take-off (it is still morning in Chicago) it is dark outside the windows. Even though the flight path from Chicago to Paris goes a bit north, it would not get dark that fast.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: The Murphy's basement is shown to be dripping water from when Marv flooded the kitchen earlier but when the crooks are hit by the old man at the end of the film, the floor is dry even though the faucets are still running.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Fuller is drinking a Pepsi, a crew member is reflected on his glasses.

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Continuity mistake: When Kate is calling for Kevin she has snow on her hair, but in the next shot that snow is gone.

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Revealing mistake: When Kevin's cousin Fuller is trapped behind the kitchen chair during the spilled soda incident, the "wooden" chair back which hits him in the nose actually bends when it hits his face.

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Continuity mistake: As Kevin runs away from the nativity scene after hiding from the Harry and Marv, his scarf is done up to the right (over his right shoulder). When he reveals himself from the nativity scene from under the green robe, his scarf is done up to the left (over his left shoulder).

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Factual error: Assuming the McCallisters left Chicago mid-morning as the story suggests (say, between 9 and 10am), and allowing for an 8 hour flight and 7 hour time difference, the flight should be arriving in Paris somewhere between midnight and 1am. However, the footage of the plane landing suggests it is around twilight.

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Revealing mistake: When talking to John Candy in the box van, the view outside the window screen is a projection, and the picture is not moving - at this point they're supposed to be driving.

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Character mistake: When the family comes home, Kevin says he went shopping and bought milk, eggs, and fabric softener. We never seen him unload the eggs onto the conveyer belt at the store nor did we see the check-out lady scan them.

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Continuity mistake: When Marv and Harry first attempt to break into the McCallister's house, Harry tells Marv to go to the basement, and he goes to the front door. With the front steps covered in ice, Harry slips and falls down the steps, and his crowbar clanks down at the bottom of the first step. When Harry gets up and continues trying to get up the steps and into the house, the crowbar disappears - it is not in his hands.

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Audio problem: When Kate is riding in the truck with the Kenosha Kickers playing "Deck the Halls", drums are heard. When the drums are not heard, the drummer is still seen drumming.

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AAL117

Revealing mistake: When Harry tells Marv to go back while they are climbing across the rope, in the shot facing them front-on, you can see Kevin in the background about to cut the rope. If you look closely this is not Kevin, it is his stand-in.

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Continuity mistake: When the robber with the beard gets hit in the face with an iron, the iron hits him on the face, and leaves a mark slanted to the right. It also leaves a mark on his nose. When the two robbers are talking after they have been tricked and before Kevin puts the spider on one of the robbers, the iron mark is vertical and there is no mark on the nose anymore.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kevin is decorating the Christmas tree you can see a crew-member reflected in the Christmas bauble.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin's mom is in Scranton at the airport counter, her coat is resting on her shoulders so that it's open. In the next shot, the coat is closed more, so the sides are close together.

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Revealing mistake: When Marv is about to hit Harry, who has the spider on his stomach, you can tell that, for two shots, it's a fake spider. The real spider is brown. In the shots where Marv is standing about to hit it, the spider is black and motionless.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kevin is going to swing over by the tree house on a rope, before he goes you can see a crew member reflected on the wall by the window.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin and Buzz are fighting over by the pizza you can see a cup filled with Pepsi but in the next shot the cup is facing down of the table.

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Factual error: In the scene where Kevin swipes the toothbrush from the drugstore, he slides across a skating rink on his knees while being chased by the cop. Ice is slippery, but not THAT slippery (especially when it's been skated on). Kevin would have only slid a few feet before coming to a stop.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where John Candy and Catherine O'Hara are in the van and John Candy plays the clarinet, he never changes the positions of his fingers, but he plays a different note.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kevin's sleigh flies through the entrance door, the person riding it is an obvious stunt: Bulkier and way bigger than Kevin.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Kevin goes to climb the shelves, we can see that the tarantula is fake as it doesn't move, nor would its legs be spread out if it was holding onto the side of the glass tank as shown.

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jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When Kevin is dancing to 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree' in the living room, the position of the record player is straight, but in the next shot it is halfway crooked.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is shopping for groceries the paper towels are in the cart, but in the next shot the paper towels are on the conveyor belt.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kevin is getting ready to light the firecrackers you can see a crew member's face reflected on the dishwasher.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Marv is in the basement he closes the door behind him while he is getting ready to be hit by the iron you can see a crew member reflected on the basement door.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry slips and somersaults down the Mccallister's iced front door steps for the second time, his hat falls off at the base of the stairs while he's tumbling, yet in the subsequent shot showing Harry, he is wearing his hat again.

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Continuity mistake: When Marv slips while walking down to the basement, he lands on the right side of the steps. When the angle changes, he is laying on the left side.

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Revealing mistake: When Harry walks around the side of the house towards the front door, in the shot which shows Harry walking from side-on, this is obviously a stand-in, given this person is much taller than Joe Pesci (who plays Harry). It is also the same stand-in when we see Harry in the behind shots as he holds onto the railings while he tries to climb the steps.

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Continuity mistake: When Marley comes into the drug store to see Kevin, the wrapping paper is leaning on the shelves, but in the next shot the wrapping paper is gone.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts the spider on Marv's nose you can see a box of junk is almost halfway off the steps of the attic but in the next shot at the start of the film the box is no longer halfway off the steps.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is washing dishes, there's Bubbles on his hands, but in the next shot there's no bubbles on his hands.

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Continuity mistake: Harry and Marv both get hit with the paint containers on the stairs. Look at the front doorway when Marv gets hit. The cord (from the hot implement attached on the doorknob) is in an 'S' shape and lots of micro machines litter the doorway. Harry then gets hit. When he gets up to go up the stairs after Kevin, the cord has moved and the micro machines are well clear of the doorway.

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Continuity mistake: When the 2 burglars are breaking into the McAllister home, the tall burglar gets hit square in the face by an iron...he has iron marks on his forehead and cheeks but not his nose...how could the iron not hit his nose?

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kevin is in the house and he locks the front door, a crew member is reflected on the mail holder.

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Continuity mistake: In the supermarket when Kevin puts the groceries on the conveyor belt, he sets the tissue paper standing up. The next shot of Kevin shows the tissue on its side and farther back, the next shot it's back to its original position.

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Continuity mistake: When Mrs MacAllister is trying to get on the plane to Dallas, it is light in Paris. The movie cuts to evening scenes in Chicago. That cannot be. If it is evening in Chicago it is either night or very early morning in Paris - too early for it to be light. And when the plane takes off, it is darker than during check-in - showing that it is evening and not morning. December dusk in Paris is noon in Chicago.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Right before Kevin destroys the shelves after climbing up to reach the metal box, the box with Buzz's life savings (on top of the shelves in his room) moves between the overhead and ground shots.

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Factual error: Kate flies American Airlines to Scranton, but that airline did not serve Scranton in 1990. Also, a DC-10 is too big to be serviced at Scranton.

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Revealing mistake: Towards the end when Harry walks up the frozen stairs, you can see it switches to a stuntman when he slips and lands on his back.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts the groceries on the belt, there's 2 packs of toilet paper. One in the front and one in the back behind the orange juice. When she scans the orange juice, the other pack of toilet paper isn't there.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is shooting toys off the laundry chute, his rifle is cocked by pushing forward on the slide, then pulling back. Later, when Kevin is shooting Marvin in the pet door, Kevin pulls back on the slide, then forwards to cock the gun.

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Revealing mistake: When Marv is at the basement door trying to regain his stance, as he steps onto the icy ground, the "ice" bends and distorts the light just like a piece of plexiglass.

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jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When Kevin climbs on the shelves in his brother's bedroom you can see the spider switch to left and right.

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dell

Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts the food in the casher you can see a lot of people next to him, but in the next shot there's only one person behind him.

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