Miss Congeniality

Continuity mistake: While Matthews, Gracie and the rest of the team plan their operation, items on the table change arrangement or position between shots, including soda cans and Clonsky's pocketed pen. (00:15:45)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Miss Rhode Island is announced by Stan Fields as the winner of Miss United States, she puts on a face of joy but in a split second shot later, she has a shocked look on her face. (01:34:20)

Continuity mistake: In the final scene when Gracie is accepting the Miss Congeniality award from Cheryl, Miss Rhode Island, there is a back shot where Gracie is shown blowing into a tissue, in the next front shot the tissue has disappeared. (01:45:05)

Continuity mistake: At the ceremony William and Candace are talking about the awards show while Sandra is trying to catch the killer you see the big screen TV. Even though William and Candace are talking their lips aren't moving on the big screen TV.

Continuity mistake: When Kathy puts on the crown, the letters she just finished writing are a bit scattered and also her glasses are lying on the bottom sheet. Before she picks up the letters to point them out to Frank, they are in a neat stack. The glasses seem to be gone, since she isn't too careful when picking up the papers and there is no sound of the glasses falling or sliding onto the table. (01:13:10)

Continuity mistake: In the scene in the bar when Gracie is talking 'girl talk' with Cheryl, the Rhode Island contestant, you can see Cheryl's hair hanging down over her right eye. As they switch camera angles, you can clearly see that her hair is now high up on her forehead. The camera angles repeatedly switch back and forth, with the hair differences easy to spot. (01:09:10)

Continuity mistake: When Miss Rhode Island is on stage doing her baton twirling (before the flames) in the front shot, you see that her hands are on the very bottom of the batons and in the next front aerial view her hands are now in the middle of the batons. (01:26:50)

Continuity mistake: When Gracie is doing her talent show with the glasses, she sees the gun guy, runs, then dives off the stage at him. But in the replay they show on the TV in the next scene, she hits her table full of glasses when she runs and causes some to fall off even though that never actually happened. (00:54:15)

Continuity mistake: Miss Vermont and Miss Alaska are seen in the top ten goup of finalists, but they were never called out originally as part of the top ten.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, when Miss Rhode Island is crowned, Gracie runs after Cheryl. When she runs, one of her dress straps is down, and when the shot changes, it is back up again. (01:39:20)

Continuity mistake: When Sandra Bullock is practicing her walking on the stairs, she tells Michael Caine that she has no talent. As he turns around to complain to Benjamin Bratt, she is halfway on the stairs. In the next shot, she's off the staircase entirely and running after Caine.

Continuity mistake: When Stan reads out that Gracie is in the Top 5, she looks at Vic, walks to where the other girls are and the camera changes to a shot where you can see the big screen behind her when he poses. Watch Kathy. In the shot with the big screen, she's standing apart from Stan and giving Gracie a disgusted look. In the close-up of Stan and Kathy a second later, she's standing right next to him. (01:33:00)

Continuity mistake: After watching the news, Kathy is discussing Gracie's mistake regarding the gun guy, Gracie's lips are an irridescent pearly pink, but in the close-ups as Kathy is threatening Gracie, her lips are now a matte rosy pink. The close-ups were done in pick ups. (00:55:00 - 00:56:15)

Continuity mistake: After the Top 10 are announced in the Miss United States pageant, the Pageant Announcer says, "We'll be right back with tonight's Swimsuit Competition." But when the end of the Swimsuit Competition is shown, there are a lot more than ten semi-finalists on stage. It's not a video recap from the preliminaries being shown to the audience, because contestants in swimsuits are shown coming offstage and being hurried backstage by the choreographer. (01:26:15)

Continuity mistake: At the swimsuit preliminaries, they show the row with Gracie in it, in the back on the left. In the wide shot right before they all step forward, they show her walk forward a bit without anyone else, and Miss Indiana turns to her right ands starts to walk off. In the close-up Gracie is in step with the rest of the row and Miss Indiana is closer to Miss Vermont. (01:03:40)

Continuity mistake: When Gracie exits the taxi cab upon arriving at the hotel you will notice her jacket is off her shoulder so you see her purse string, the state name sash and some flesh, yet in the next shot her jacket is completely on and covering her shoulder and then in the next shot her shoulder is exposed again and then switches yet again to her shoulder being covered by her jacket. (00:36:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Gracie throws the crown, it blows up the Statue of Liberty prop. When the camera shoots back to Gracie and Cheryl, Cheryl faints into Gracie's arms and the sash falls down from her shoulder. In the next shots of the audience and the runway, Gracie falls down with Cheryl, but Cheryl's sash is up on her shoulder again. (01:40:10)

Continuity mistake: When Gracie's being waxed, she shouts, and Victor says "Bikini wax", and immediately after that Gracie appears - pretty fast after the shout, don't you think? (00:32:40)

Continuity mistake: The paint splatters change several times between the shots of Gracie eating pizza and the ones back at the hotel. (01:08:20 - 01:12:10)

Continuity mistake: When Victor is talking to Matthews and Gracie about her not having any talent, it shows Gracie in the background stuffing two doughnuts down her dress. Victor gets both of these back from her, but it never showed her hiding the third doughnut that the dog smelled. The way the scene worked, there was a shot of Gracie stuffing the two doughnuts down her dress, and then a shot of her walking up to Victor and Matthews, so there would've been no time for her to stash the third one. (00:48:05)

Revealing mistake: Gracie hugs the Russian waitress in order to have a better view of the disc hand-off appear on the monitor. As she raises her left hand that holds the book/camera lens, we see that the digital feed that appears on the monitor stays steady and level, even though she is raising the book/camera lens higher and closer to her face. Obviously the feed that we see on the monitor is not taken from the book/camera lens. (00:04:10)

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Victor Melling: By the way, what are you planning to do for your talent: sing, dance, chew with your mouth closed?
Gracie Hart: I will do whatever you want me to do, Yoda.

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Trivia: Gracie's and Vic's hotel room in the movie are both marked 103 for some reason. The crew did it on purpose, for reasons unknown.

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