Factual error: At the start in 1989, when Mike is dancing with the cheerleaders and also just before he goes after Scarlet, in close-ups of the crowd cheering there is a man (with a white baseball cap) wearing a Paramore t-shirt. However, Paramore (a Grammy-nominated American pop rock band) formed in 2004. The style of t-shirt he is wearing is actually one of the officially licensed Paramore merchandise.
Continuity mistake: In the shot just after "Mark" tells Scarlet about Alex and the new girlfriend, Nicole (at the victory party), we see Jane's car driving down the block (towards the camera) headed to Ned's home and there are multiple black tire tracks (burned rubber) on the road at the intersection. After a close-up of Jane and Ned in the car discussing 'Halo', it cuts back to the intersection as the teenagers cut them off, and the tire tracks are gone.
Visible crew/equipment: Before the start of the last basketball game, when Ned calls out, "Jane!" for the third time in the shot facing him as he tries to pass someone, the actors' green T-mark and three other tape marks - one yellow and two red - are visible on the floor ahead of Ned. (Visible on DVD fullscreen.)
Visible crew/equipment: When Mike satiates his hunger in Ned's kitchen, just after Ned says, "That's your can now, we'll label it like that," the reflection of a crewmember moving around is visible in the cabinet's glass pane, to the left of the screen. In the other shots of the same angle we don't see movement, so we know it's not Mike's reflection.
Continuity mistake: Before the '89 basketball game begins, Mike is on the court with the cheerleaders and when he pulls off his blue snap warm-up pants he is wearing the grey uniform shorts and jersey. However, after Mike poses in the close-up, he is wearing the blue warm-up pants again in the next shot from behind the cheerleaders - note his jersey number "0", which is visible between the cheerleaders.
Continuity mistake: At the restaurant, after Ned does his wine tasting, when the waiter pours wine into Jane's glass he holds the bottle in his left hand, as his right hand holds the cloth napkin, then lifts the bottle away from the glass when he is done. Next shot as he still pours wine in Jane's glass, the wine bottle is now in his right hand as he holds the base of the bottle with his left hand.
Continuity mistake: The morning after Mike's party at Ned's house, when Ned finishes vacuuming the rug in the overhead shot the wood floor immediately surrounding the rug is clean, but in the next shot there is a mess right beside the rug, which would have been visible in the previous shot had it been there.
Continuity mistake: On the bridge, when Mike topples into the water headfirst, the distinctive treads on the heels/soles of his shoes, as well as the light colored brand logo on the heels, are visible. After the newly transformed Mike appears at Ned's home wearing the same clothing, when Ned pulls the rug out from under Mike, his shoes' soles are completely different.
00:17:40 - 00:19:05Super Grover
Continuity mistake: When Mike walks into Health class, Mrs. Dell's lectern and stool (upon which the basket of condoms and another basket sit) stand directly in front of the chalkboard, but funny how they are both conveniently gone when Mike knocks Stan to the floor, in front of that chalkboard.
00:44:45 - 00:47:25Super Grover
Continuity mistake: During Mike's first class (before Maggie walks in), when he's on the cell with Scarlet, who is asking where he is, a cheerleader sits down behind Mike and places her right arm up with her hand at her chin and her left arm is down. However, in the next shot when she asks Mike if he would consider a 10th grader, now it's her left arm that is up and her right arm is down, instantly.
Continuity mistake: When Mike is talking to the basketball coach right before the team photo back in the 80's, Mike passes a basketball to the coach. There is then a shot of the coach and Mike reaches for the towel on his shoulder, then the shot switches to Mike and he reaches for the towel a second time.
Continuity mistake: When Mike swings his lightsabre and causes Ned to slam backwards onto the floor, Ned drops his own lightsabre onto the floor beside him, with its red glow pointing toward the front door. Next shot the lightsabre is turned the opposite way, with its red glow pointing toward the kitchen.
Continuity mistake: When Mike grabs a lightsabre and shouts, "Ned, Ned, Ned, I'm telling you...stop it!...Now!" his arms are extended out with the lightsabre held aloft, and his tie hangs properly. It cuts to Ned turning on his lightsabre's glow effect, with Mike and his raised lightsabre in the foreground. In the next shot, as Mike's arms are still extended out, his tie is now dangling over his right arm.
Continuity mistake: When Ned is attacking Mike with the sword and then skewers his suit jacket, as soon as Mike fumbles out of the jacket both of his long shirt sleeves (one of the cuffs hangs out of the jacket sleeve) are suddenly folded up on his forearms, between shots. Additionally, the dangling left shirt sleeve cuff repeatedly moves in and out of the suit sleeve, and even after the jacket is discarded the cuff folds up, down, back up and so on.
Continuity mistake: When Ned and Mike stop for the "glorified midget wrangler", Glenn's right hand goes to his pants' pocket in the shot facing the Lamborghini, but next shot his right arm is extended for the crossing children. The proximity and position of the kids to one another also changes abruptly between shots.
Continuity mistake: In the courtroom, when Mike finishes "reading" the letter to Scarlet he drops it on the case file box, with its black extendable handle retracted below the bar (wood rail), but when Scarlett picks up the paper the extendable handle is pulled up well above the bar. (Visible on DVD fullscreen.)
Continuity mistake: When the "Nedmobile" pulls out of the driveway to head to the courthouse, we see Glenn, the crossing guard, at the corner and the entire sidewalk to the right, from the driveway on down. When Ned stops, in the shot from behind Glenn there are two trees at the curb, which were not there in the previous shot. (Visible on DVD widescreen.)
Continuity mistake: Before the start of the last basketball game, when Ned (wearing a "cloak of invisibility") calls out to Jane, the people surrounding the seated principal change depending on the angle of the shot. For example, in the shot facing Jane there is guy in a green hoodie, wearing a bandana on his head, that disappears in the side shot.
Continuity mistake: At court, after "Mark" reads the supposed letter from Mike, he drops the paper onto the box. When Scarlet picks it up and sees that it is merely directions to the courthouse, its writing differs. The direction of the folds in the paper also change from when Scarlet picks it up and the next close-up.
Continuity mistake: When Mike returns to Hayden searching for the 'janitor', as he is speaking to the real janitor saying, "There's an older guy with white hair...," Mike's black sunglasses are in his left hand, but when it cuts back to the close-up it's back in his right hand.
Continuity mistake: After Ned shows up for the '89 team photo, in the shot facing the team when he and Mike are walking over to their places, players 23 and 24 are kneeling as Mike passes them. In the next shot facing the photographer, those two teammates are walking behind Mike just before kneeling. Coach Murphy also moves from beside the last teammate to behind and has thrown the ball to Mike, between the shots as well.
Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Mike is warming up in the gym, just as Coach Murphy says, "Hey, Gold," as he's walking in there is one basketball on the top tier of the rack (the last ball Mike takes is from the bottom tier), but when Coach Murphy says, "Got a little inside info...," the top tier is empty.
Continuity mistake: When Principal Masterson and Ned are driving to Ned's house, just as they are driving behind the teenagers, in the interior shot from the POV of the back seat the rearview mirror is gone from the windshield, yet it is visible in the previous and following shots.
Continuity mistake: During Ned's attack on Mike, Ned pulls the rug out from under his friend, after which the rug lies bunched up on the floor near the front door. As the scene plays out the rug's position changes between shots, particularly after Ned kicks Mike in the groin when Mike falls on his back with the rug under him.
Continuity mistake: When Ned falls over the upstairs banister in his house, Mike leaps over and lands on the rug beside Ned's head. After Mike says, "I feel great," his feet are on the patterned rug, but next shot he is standing farther back - note the rug's pattern (just before Ned pulls it out from under him).
Continuity mistake: Before the '89 basketball game, in the first shot of Mike joining the cheerleaders on court, the bare chested guy wearing a Native American headdress is dancing beside the free throw lane, near the backboard. In the next shot that guy is now dancing half a court away, in front of the stairs opposite center circle (note the "Lets win" poster). The same thing happens a few shots later.
Continuity mistake: At the start, while the cheerleaders are doing their thing center court, before Mike joins them he is standing with his arm on Ned's shoulder, leaning on him. Then, in a shot of the cheerleaders he is seen in the background standing with his arms crossed, but when it cuts to a different angle he has his arm on Ned's shoulder once again.
Continuity mistake: In the gym at the start, when Mike is shooting baskets by himself (before the team photo) he is standing beside a 3-tier basketball rack, off which he grabs the basketballs for warming up. There is shot from behind him as he reaches for a ball and the top tier is empty, but in the next front shot the top tier is full, then as Coach Murphy walks in the top tier is empty again.
Continuity mistake: At the start in the gym, when Mike is alone shooting baskets (before the team photo) he is standing at the center of the 3-point line, but in each of the overhead close-ups of the hoop we see Mike's reflection in the backboard (top right) and he is standing closer to the hoop, on the free throw line - note the dark free throw lane. (Only visible on DVD widescreen.)
Continuity mistake: After the fight with Stan, Mike gets sent to the principal's office. There is a poster behind him that says "Your Career For Life Is" and at the bottom, a star. In the first shot, the poster is above Mike's head, but then in the next shot, Mike's head is covering the star.
Continuity mistake: Just after "Mark" tells Scarlet about Alex's new girlfriend at the victory party, there's a shot of Jane's blue car (headed to Ned's home) as it nears the intersection, which is a short distance away. It cuts to an interior shot of Jane and Ned in the car discussing 'Halo', and through Jane's open window we see the distance she is driving and the side street view. It then cuts back to the shot of them nearing the intersection and two problems arise: one, in the close-up they drive a far greater distance than they do between the exterior shots, and two, the view outside Jane's window differs as well.
Continuity mistake: After Naomi arrives, as she and Scarlet walk toward the house, when she tells Scarlet, "You got the butt of a 12 yr old boy," Naomi's handbag is dangling on her right forearm and she is carrying her overnight bag in her left hand (viewer's right). However, in the next shot her handbag is up on her right shoulder and she's carrying the overnight bag in her right hand.
Continuity mistake: When Ned and Mike are fighting with the lightsabers, Mike hits Ned with his lightsaber and he falls to the floor. When you see the shot of Ned falling, look at Mike. He is only holding his saber with one hand. In the next shot, you see him with both hands on his saber.
Continuity mistake: Before Scarlet's date arrives, during the dance when Mike spins her in his arms, in a few shots Scarlet's hands are atop one another on Mike's shoulder and her bracelet is at her wrist, but in-between those shots in one shot her hands are apart gripping his shoulder and her bracelet is up on her forearm.
Continuity mistake: After being accepted to Hayden High, when Ned says, "You always had my back in high school, if your spirit guide...," Mike's left hand is up at his mouth in the shot facing Ned. In the next shot Mike crosses his arms, but when it cuts his hand is back up at his mouth.
Continuity mistake: During Mike and Ned's lightsabre duel, when Mike kicks Ned just after Ned says, "Covered by the local news," the chair in the kitchen behind him faces the foosball table (in the next room) with its back against the counter, yet in the previous shots that chair faces the front door.
Continuity mistake: In the school cafeteria, when Mike and Alex first sit at the table Mike and his tray are directly opposite Alex, but next shot they are seated diagonally to one another with Mike at the end of the table, then they're opposite each other again, and the tray's position still changes between camera angles in following shots.
Continuity mistake: When Mike and Ned are in Principal Masterson's office and she says, "I think Hayden would be lucky to have you," she stands up and removes her eyeglasses, but when she shakes Mike's hand she is wearing the glasses, and next shot they're off again. Then yet again, when she sits back down she is wearing them (in the foreground), just before Ned asks, "Would the lady mind if I smelled it?"
Continuity mistake: While Ned and Mike are waiting for the school secretary to get off the phone (for enrollment), when Mike opens the folder the faked science fair photo is at the top of the pile on the right. In the next shot, there is a photo on the left leaning on the inside of the folder cover and the science fair photo isn't at the top of the pile on the right, but when it cuts there are no photos on the folder cover. Then Mike closes the folder, but next shot it's open again.
Continuity mistake: In the ice cream shop, after Alex tells Mike that Maggie got into Georgetown, in the side shot when Mike leans forward to pick up Maggie's earpiece wire he asks, "Can you turn down the...," but his mouth doesn't move, and then in the next shot he leans forward once again to pick up the wire.
Continuity mistake: During Ned and Principal Masterson's conversation at the restaurant, after Ned tells her, "I'm the kind of guy who spends ten grand on Gandalf the Grey's quarterstaff from The Two Towers," Principal Masterson's hands are clasped on the table in front of her, but in the next shot she is holding the menu up in front her. Next shot the menu is on the table, but then up in her hands once again.
Continuity mistake: In Mike's first class, when he sees Maggie walk in while on the cell with Scarlet, his left arm is either in front of him with his left hand up near his mouth, or his left elbow is on the desk with his head leaning on his left hand. The switch happens twice.
Continuity mistake: After comforting Maggie when she was crying, when Mike invites her to his party she is standing with her arms down by her sides, but in the next shot when she says, "Yes, I would love to," her arms are instantly crossed in front of her. (Visible on DVD fullscreen.)
Continuity mistake: When Alex walks in on Mike dancing with Scarlet, in the background Alex's arm is out as he turns off the stereo with the remote and then puts his hands in his back pockets in close-up. Then two shots later, Alex's hand with the remote once again points to the stereo and then puts his hands by his back pockets.
Continuity mistake: When Ned walks into Principal Masterson's office and does the "peacocking" bit, in the close-up his index finger is at his chin as he holds his sunglasses by its arms dangling on his thumb, with the lenses facing down, but in the next shot the lenses are facing up between his fingers and his face.
Continuity mistake: During Health class, when Stan says, "Great, fine, wonderful! More for me," and dumps more condom packages on his desk, his pencil is to the left of his textbook, then next shot it's to the right of the book, and in the final shot when Mike slams into Stan the pencil is at the top edge of the book.
Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the scene in the cafeteria, in the very first shot take note of where Alex and Mike are standing; look for a guy in a blue striped shirt. He is near the grey bars. In the close up of Alex and Mike, he is now in the back talking to some other dude.
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