Jingle All the Way

Factual error: When Howard is running after the bouncy ball he is on the second floor of the Mall of America, however, you see him run through the LEGO store which is located on the lowest floor of the Mall of America, which is impossible if he was on the second floor before.

Plot hole: How would Arnold know about the cop hitting the bus when he was running away from him during the parade? He was far past him at that point.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the scene where Jamie and Howard are in Jamie's room, as Jamie is drawing, keep an eye on his picture. It is inconsistent between shots.

Continuity mistake: When we see Howie reach his hand to pat the reindeer, he is clearly wearing gloves. As the reindeer snaps at his hand, we see he is no longer wearing gloves.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Howard is 'going to work' and Jamie is trying to talk him into staying, at first the cereal bowl has only a little bit of cereal. Then in the next shot, it is almost full again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene with Sinbad and Howard in the radio place, Sinbad gets enraged, then throws the package (thought to be a bomb) and Howard hits the deck. The package lands at Howard's head, but in the next shot, it's way over to his left.

Factual error: When Howie's (Arnie) vehicle breaks down, he's on a landmark bridge in Minneapolis, crossing the Mississippi River at Nicollet Island. He's at essentially Zero Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, as the river is the dividing line between East and West Hennepin. He pushes the car off the end of the bridge and rolls to a stop at a diner. This is the landmark Mickey's Diner in downtown Saint Paul, some ten miles away, the one located at 36 Seventh Street West. Howie should have looked even more exhausted than he appears in the film.

Continuity mistake: When Howard is first talking to the Santa in the department store the Santa tells him to "Have a little respect for the suit" then part of it slides off like it was glued on. He then sticks it on again. Problem is, when they are fighting at the conmen's hideout, he takes him down by pulling his beard - that is now held on by an elastic cord and snapping it back. Granted it is not the same scene, however the only thing that happened between these two shots is them driving to the hideout and he would have had no reason to change it.

Factual error: When Howard runs into Ted and the reindeer, the reindeer's antlers are still in velvet. Velvet is shed in August, at least four months before the Christmas Eve setting.


Continuity mistake: Howard knocks the wiseman's head into the fire. In the wide shot before he notices, the head is no longer in the fire, but in the next shot, it is once again in the fire.

Continuity mistake: In the scene, when Liz (Rita Wilson) is making cookies, Ted (Phil Hartman) comes in. In the shot, when she is scooping the cookies off the baking tray onto the plate, she only has 1 on the plate. The camera then goes to Ted, and in the next shot, nearly all of the cookies are on the plate. How could she have done that so quickly? They were so neatly arranged on the plate, and none were broken.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Howard is in Ted's house stealing the Turbo Man doll, and he catches the wiseman on fire, we see a shot of carollers outside. The ground is covered in snow and the sky is overcast. Howard then kicks the wiseman's fiery head out the door in the direction of the carollers, and the carollers scream and run away. It is now sunny outside and most of the snow is melted.

Continuity mistake: When Howard is breaking into Ted's house he uses a credit card to get in. The camera shows a close up of the lock and door knob from the inside twice, both times you can see that the door is not shut properly.

Continuity mistake: At the end of his jetpack flight, Howie is diving headfirst straight down towards the ground. Then when the camera changes shot to see his landing, he hits the ground at a completely different angle, on his back. Furthermore, he suffers no injuries - that costume must be very well padded.

Continuity mistake: At the part where Howie is in the neighbours' house "stealing" the Turbo Man the head of a statue catches on fire. He tries a couple of times to get the fire out. In one shot the head is right next to his foot and in the next shot the head is gone. Then in the very next shot the head is back and he kicks it out the window.

Continuity mistake: During the parade you can clearly see trees in the background with plenty of green leaves.

Revealing mistake: Certain parts of this film were made during the fall months, not winter. In the background of the high up shots during the parade, leaves can be seen on trees (in the distance). Also, the grass is surprisingly very green, in several locations.

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Continuity mistake: Myron and Howard are in the restaurant while Myron is drinking an uncapped beverage. During their conversation, the camera cuts to reveal the bottle now capped.


Revealing mistake: Before Howard rises from the float as Turbo Man, we see several shots of the band marching down the street. In two shots you can briefly see Howard (as Turbo Man) in the background on the float. This is before he is shown coming out. (01:03:40)


Plot hole: When Howard gets the remote controlled car to trip Myron up, he takes it round a corner and is able to control it perfectly even though he can't see where the car is.

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Howard Langston: I gotta tell you, Santa, there's something about this place that doesn't seem quite... Kosher.
Mall Santa: Kosher? This coming from a guy who assaulted a toddler for a super ball?

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Trivia: The parade scenes were filmed on the Universal Studios backlot in "Courthouse Square." The film's special effects artists then digitally composited in some elements of a street in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where the film is set. The sequence took three weeks to shoot and involved hundreds of extras.

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Question: How come the little girl didn't give Howard back his ball when he tried to retrieve it around the mall?


Answer: Most likely, she decided to keep it and not want to give it to Howard which is why she put it in her mouth.

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