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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The music heard during the "Jazz Fest" sequence rarely matches the video.
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Continuity 

As Dave drives towards Tobie's at the end of the film it's beginning to get light. When he arrives, it's pitch black again.
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When Dave and Tobie are walking on the seashore Dave is seen on the right of her in a long shot but when the angle is changed to medium he is on the left and back on her right when the angle is changed again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the walkabout scenes at the Jazz Festival, there is a close-up shot of a baby. The camera's shadow is clearly visible on the baby.
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Errors in geography 

After his first date with Evelyn a shot of a sunrise over the ocean is shown. In California the sun sets over the ocean but does not rise over it.
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Factual errors 

When DJ Dave Garver leaves the radio station KRML to go rescue Tobie, he puts on a 5" demo/air check reel on the tape recorder. A reel of this size could hold, at maximum, 600 ft. of tape. Playing at 7 1/2 ips (which is the speed most radio station recorders recorded/played music back at using 2 channel, 2 track recording - common for commercial/broadcast recorders), this would have given only 15 minutes of recorded music/voice before the tape ran out and "dead air" would have been transmitted from the station. Yet, Dave Garver made reference to Sgt. McCallum that Tobie lived way outside of town. The movie also conveys the driving time Dave Garver took to get to Tobie's house. Considering that, the fight scene at the house and when he leaves the house with Tobie at the end his request to play Misty is heard over the air, Dave would have had to mount a 10" reel containing 3600 ft. of tape (1.5 hours of recording at 7 1/2 ips). Radio stations would normally have had such reels for recording entire shows. They are not used for demo/air check tapes.
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Revealing mistakes 

The VU (audio) meters on the KRML control board are motionless during music and voice input, indicating that the station is either off the air during filming or that the actual audio source is elsewhere.
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In the scene where Evelyn creates a disturbance as Dave is having a business meeting with an executive from a San Francisco station, there is a close-up of the box containing the audition tape he originally sent to the station she runs. The return address reads Dave Garver, Radio K.M.R.L. (not K.R.M.L).
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Character error 

At the radio station, when Dave threads up the tape recorder to play back his previously recorded demo tape so he can leave the studio to save Tobie from her "roommate", he mistakenly twists the tape in the machine. This would have the effect of playing the back side of the tape. At best, a very muffled playback of the tape would occur if the tape were threaded in this manner. At worst, nothing at all would be heard.
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Continuity 

When Evelyn cuts up Tobie's hair, a chunk of it lands on her left eye. In the next shot, the chunk of hair is nowhere in sight, and Evelyn made no move to brush it off.
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