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Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Poster

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Boom mic visible 

Boom mic reflected in the glass when Big John first notices Ronald sitting at their table.
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Character error 

Ronald tells Cindy that we first landed on the moon on his birthday, so that would make his birthday July 20, 1969. However, after fooling around with Patty on the night of the dance, Ronald is seen marking a calendar and saying "17 years, 3 months and 5 days" was a long time to go that far with a girl. The dance was on October 16th so that would make his birthday July 11th, not July 20th.
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Continuity 

After receiving the envelope with money from Cindy, and Cindy is gone with her friends, Ronald rides away and the shadows are suddenly different.
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During the slow song at the dance, you see the lead singer with his back to the audience, then he turns around to sing into the microphone. When it shows Cindy dancing with her date, you can see the lead singer behind them with his back still to the audience.
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After their "break-up", Ronnie rides up to Cyndi's house on his bike. When she parks her car, she puts her purse strap on her shoulder. However, when she gets out and closes the door, she puts the purse strap on her shoulder again.
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In the gym dance scene, the actor who plays the African-American nerd who replaces Ronald is seen at one point dancing behind Ronald (presumably as an extra) while he should be in the gym's bleachers with Ronald's former nerd friends.
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The brand of beer held by Ronald and Iris at the New Year's Eve party.
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The license plate on Cindy Mancini's car disappears and reappears.
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The direction of shadows cast by the girls at cheerleader practice changes radically.
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When Cindy goes to get on the lawnmower with Ronald, she is wearing silver bracelets on her left arm. After she is sitting behind him, the bracelets are on her right arm.
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Fran's position after Quint throws the wine on Cindy.
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In the opening sequence, Ronald is wearing white socks, then black socks, then white again. When he gets to school, he is wearing black socks.
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During the "breakup scene", Ronnie's collar is buttoned to the top and then it is open. It flips a few times throughout the scene
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When Ronald and Kenneth are carrying books down the hall, then Kenneth opens the classroom door, he has a purple book on top of his pile, on the next shot from inside the classroom, he has an orange book on top.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Striking crew members are visible with picket signs at cheerleader practice.
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When Cindy, Fran and Barbara are watching Bobby on TV in his football outfit, they finished watching it. Then Cindy says "Bobby's got a lot on his mind right? Football and everything?" Barbara is near the TV after turning it off. She says to Cindy after Cindy's question, "Yeah". In the reflection of the TV, the crew is clearly visible.
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Errors in geography 

In reality there's no way that the kids could have climbed the wall to get into the airplane graveyard. It is located on Davis Monthan Air Force Base and is under constant surveillance. You cannot even stop your car on the side of that stretch of road without military personnel showing up. There also are no dumpsters anywhere near that part of the road. That scene was actually filmed elsewhere in Tucson rather than near the boneyard.
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Revealing mistakes 

Actor's mark visible on the floor near Big John during the dance scene.
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Spoilers 

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the end of the movie, Cindy's last word is "definitely", however her mouth isn't moving when she says this.
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