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Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the kids are running through the halls of the school, they run past a window that seemingly reveals it is dark outside. In actual fact, they are running past doors leading into classrooms, in which the lights are turned off because it is the weekend.

Character error 

In the opening sequence, there is a newspaper with a wrestling article featuring Andrew "Clarke". In the credits, Andy's last name is spelled "Clark".

Continuity 

During the discussion the Club has while sitting on the floor, Claire's hairstyle changes back and forth from one shot to the next.
While Bender is crawling through the ceiling, you can see the chain for his wallet while he's crawling in both directions (flipped shot); the first scene his lips are moving (telling his joke), the second scene, they are not moving.
After Claire puts on her lipstick, she puts the cap on and puts it in her purse. In the next shot, it is in her hands again, and then she puts it away a second time.
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When Bender sticks the knife into the chair it is leaning slightly to the left side of the screen. The movie cuts back to Andy and back to Bender where Allison steals the knife that is now leaning to the right side of the screen.
The clock in the library changes during the same scenes throughout the movie.
When Bender is staring at Allison while she bites her nails, his white shirt had been pulled low, exposing a part of his chest. In the next shot of him, seconds later, when he has obviously not moved, his white shirt has been pulled back up.
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When the principal and Carl are talking in the filing room, the label card on the file drawer is slanted up and sideways. In the next shot it is perfectly down, then switches back to up and slanted.
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When Allison takes her lunch out of her lunch bag there isn't a plastic bag filled with Captain Crunch, but a few seconds later it appears there.
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When Mr. Vernon comes in and asks why is the door closed, you can see the chair he later uses to keep the door open, near the corner of the wall. When he goes back to get it, the chair has moved a foot to the right.
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When Bender is looking through Claire's stuff, he brushes his teeth with a makeup brush while looking in a pocket mirror. He puts down the brush on the table and looks in the mirror. He then sets the mirror on the table before tossing the brush onto the table a second time.
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After Claire wipes the lipstick from her lips, it reappears and disappears during the rest of the scene.
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Claire's hairstyle changes throughout the movie.
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Allison's eye makeup changes from scene to scene.
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The pimples on Claire's chin appear and disappear throughout the movie.
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Before Allison tells Andrew about how her parents ignore her, her left eye make-up is smeared. While Andrew is questioning what's wrong, it isn't smeared as much. When there is a close-up of Allison's face, it is back to normal.
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When Mr. Vernon is chasing John Bender around the school, in one of the shots where Bender turns the corner, there is a large stand-up bulletin board and a small table to the very bottom right of the screen. When Mr. Vernon turns this same corner, the small table is gone.
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When Brian is talking about the banquet at the end of his physics club, the camera cuts to Allison smiling at him while she's drawing and she's sitting up. When the camera cuts to Claire a second later, Allison is resting her head on the desk.
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When Principal Vernon is caught looking through confidential files by Carl the janitor, the position of Carl's arm as the two discuss the situation changes from on top of the cabinet to inside the drawer with each cut.
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Bender's arm when he's motioning for Brian to move.
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Claire's father puts his hand on Claire's shoulder when they're in the car. In the next shot his hand has jumped to her other shoulder.
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Principal Vernon brings Bender into the janitors closet after he is caught in the gym, and while in the closet he insists that Bender punches him by pointing at his own chin. When camera angles change you will see that his hands alternate while pointing at himself, from left hand to right hand.
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When Claire is eating her sushi, her left hand is on the table. After John questions her "ability" to eat the sushi, Claire's hand is immediately up at her head.
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The position of the chair after Bender takes the screw from the door.
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When the principal leaves the library after hearing the loud noise, the toilet seat protector is stuck in his pants. The scene directly after has no toilet seat protector anywhere.
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After Allison makes her crunchy sandwich, her soda has the straws making a perfect "V" . In the next shot with Bender going through Brian's food, Allison is seen in the background with her straws pointing to just one side. While Bender gives his 'life at the Johnson house' story the camera shows Allison once with her straws back to their original "V" position, and then again after Bender jumps up onto the staircase just subsequent to his cigar story.
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Factual errors 

In the end credits, "Illinois Film Commission" is misspelled "Illinois Film Comission."
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In the end credits, one of the high schools used is listed as "Main North High School" when it was the already-defunct Maine North High School.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the beginning of the movie Bender has two matching shoes, in the gym he has one white shoe and one black. In that same scene he loses one shoe, but a scene later he has two matching shoes again. This is because he's stolen a pair of shoes and only puts one on, then later the other.
Throughout the movie it appears that Bender is wearing Claire's diamond earring in his left ear, even though she doesn't give it to him until the very end of the film. However, it is actually an ear cuff that is worn anywhere above the earlobe on the outer part of the ear. It is clearly seen when he puts on her earring.

Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the film when Brian was writing the essay/letter, he kisses the paper. There is nothing written on the paper.
When Bender is ripping pages out of books the pages are blank but when he throws the book at Brian you can see some pages have pictures and writing on them as they fall to the ground.
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