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Parenthood (1989) Poster

(1989)

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Continuity 

When Gil and Kevin are playing the arcade game "Bad Dudes", the arcade game to the left, known as "The Main Event", is powered off at the beginning of the scene and then is powered on in the last shot.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kevin catches the ball near the end, the same audio of both boys falling and groaning was edited in twice.
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Continuity 

In the classroom scene where Nathan sings to Susan, she writes BONUS across the top of the blackboard. It is written much smaller in some subsequent shots, then goes back to the larger writing.
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The ages of the babies in the final scene are inconsistent with the time frame and the birth orders.
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Set in St. Louis, Missouri, but the license plates outside the baseball stadium during the opening credits are from Florida.
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The horse seen at the beginning of Kevin's birthday party has a small sliver of white on its forehead, the horse that Gil rides off on at the end of the party has white all the way down the front of its head.
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When leaving with Tod, Julie takes her bag twice.
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During the car ride back from the baseball stadium at the opening of the film, Karen is not wearing her seat belt. In the next shot she is wearing it.
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At the school play, Taylor shakes off her ears and hat. In the next shot, she has her hat on again.
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Helen is sitting in the chair, looking at the pictures, Julie comes in and they begin to argue. When Julie runs to her bedroom and Helen jumps out of the chair, the pictures fly all over the floor. In the next scene, when Julie is picking up the pictures, they are dropped in one pile on the floor.
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When Helen gets out of the car after her carnival date with Mr. Bowman, she's wearing tan shoes. When she enters her house a minute later, she's wearing white shoes.
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"Cowboy" Gil starts out with only two balloons, then the camera cuts crowd reactions. When the camera cuts back to him, there at least ten balloons, inflated and tied into his balloon sculpture, which he calls lower intestines.
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As Gil is trying to get the kids into the car during the opening credits sequence, the same white Toyota Camry passes by twice.
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At the end of the scene where Helen and Garry walk and talk as they leave the racing grounds, it cuts to an overhead shot showing racing cars they've walked past are suddenly in different places.
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The racing ground scene begins with a shot of a gray car and a black car about to set off down the track. After a shot of the green signal lights, the gray car changes to a red car.
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When Helen is comforting Julie on the couch after she comes home with the police, she is barefoot. When the two get up to go to the kitchen, she is wearing shoes.
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During the "Electric Ear Cleaner" scene the girl is asking her mum what the item is and is looking straight ahead seemingly at her, whereas her mum is stood behind her. This is apparent for the next few shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Entire crew visible, reflected from car as Frank talks to Larry.
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Steve Martin's stand-in is visible when "Cowboy" Gil rides the horse. The stuntman's wig is a different shade of gray than Steve Martin's own hair.
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Boom mic can be seen moving in the reflection on the trunk lid of Frank's classic car as he checks it for scratches after Larry has brought it back after taking it out without his permission.
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Errors in geography 

More proof that the film was shot in Florida, not Missouri: we see black lane markers on the freeway; the type of grass on the lawn.
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Another sign that the movie was shot in Florida rather than Missouri where it's meant to be set: the booth where Julie and Tod pick up the pictures is in front of a Publix, a grocery store found ONLY in Florida until 1991. The first Publix outside Florida opened in Savannah, Georgia, in 1991.
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A billboard for the Orlando Sentinel (local newspaper for Orlando, Florida) is visible at the baseball stadium, but everyone around Gil and his family are wearing St. Louis Cardinals clothes, foam fingers and inflatable bats. St. Louis, Missouri, is 1000 miles away from Orlando, Florida and Gil drives home from stadium, it's unlikely they (and everyone else) travelled all the way down to Orlando with young children just for a baseball game. Ergo the scene is presumably supposed to be set in St. Louis.
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Factual errors 

Julie is described as having an SAT score of 1291. SAT scores are multiples of 10.
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Miscellaneous 

During one of the baseball scenes, a ball is hit into the outfield. The player appears to have caught it, but a ball appears on the ground beside him. Yet when he reaches into his glove to throw the ball home, it is there, while the ball on the ground is still in sight.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the first Little League game, the player scoring the winning run (2nd across the plate) does not touch home.
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