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What About Bob? (1991) Poster

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Boom mic visible 

After Dr. Marvin throws Bob out of the car, he drives away. The boom is reflected in the windshield.
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When Bob arrives at Lake Winnipesaukee and steps out of the bus, the boom microphone and a frame with white linen is reflected in the window of the bus.
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Character error 

When Anna picks Bob up on the road and they discuss their issues, Bob never puts on his seat belt, which is inconsistent with the paranoid nature of his character.
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The weapon over the mantle is incorrectly referred to as a rifle when clearly it is a shotgun. Bob also refers to it as a rifle later. Shotguns are smooth-bores, not rifles.
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When Bob first meets Dr. Marvin, Bob states, "There are two kinds of people in the world..." Then Dr. Marvin says that maybe Bob's wife didn't leave him but instead he left her. Bob responds by reversing the statement to say that his wife left him and that he didn't leave her. Then Dr. Marvin agrees with Bob's version.
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Continuity 

After Dr Marvin has his breakdown near the end of the movie, the doctor taking care of him in his home believes he has left Leo sedated in the bedroom. He then accompanies Fay, Lily and Bob into the hallway where he gives them instructions. At one point he takes out his prescription pad with the intention of writing, while simultaneously telling them what he intends to prescribe. At the moment the doctor merely touches his pen to the pad, Bob begins to question his choice of medication causing the doctor to pause and reconsider. He then states that Bob may be right and that he would rewrite the prescription. The problem is that he never wrote anything to begin with as the pad is empty as he walks away from them down the hall.
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When Bob goes to sleep, there was no alarm clock. However, when Leo comes to wake up Bob next morning, an alarm clock is prominently made visible (showing time as 6).
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The photograph of Lily in Dr. Marvin's office changes between the wide shot and the close-up.
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During the chicken dinner, the amount of water changes in Siggy's water glass.
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Leo can't give Bob a ride back to town in the rain because the car is at the marina, so Bob stays overnight. The car isn't in front of the house in the morning. But when the TV crew leaves after its 7 a.m. broadcast, the Marvin's car is in front of the house.
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Bob can't go back to the Gutman's that rainy night, and it pours and pours and pours, forcing Leo to agree he stay the night. Next morning when GMA crew arrives, the ground is dry. The stairs are dry to sit on, even at 7:00 am, for the family to discuss how the interview went.
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The sailboats in the background during the conversation on the lawn at the lake.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In widescreen versions, the Steadicam operator is reflected in the window of the general store.
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Errors in geography 

The lake is obviously not in New Hampshire as evidenced by the abundance of Longleaf Pine trees, which only grow as far north as southern Virginia (where the lake scenes were filmed).
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Leo Marvin lives in New York City and vacations in New Hampshire, yet his family vehicle has NH plates.
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Factual errors 

When Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfus) finally makes it home for his surprise birthday party, the guests sing "Happy birthday, dear Marvin," instead of singing "Happy birthday, dear Leo."
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In the scene where Dr. Leo Marvin is receiving a traffic ticket from a NH State Trooper, the trim on the Trooper's uniform is yellow/gold. In fact, NH State Police uniforms have green piping on the pockets and epaulets of the shirt, and a green stripe on the outside leg of the pants.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Marie from Good Morning America is interviewing Dr. Marvin and Bob, Leo inadvertently calls her "Joan" the first time he speaks to her. Joan Lunden plays/is the home-base correspondent for GMA. Leo had been rehearsing his speech to Joan Lunden all night, but Marie was the interviewer that came to his house. Leo froze up on TV and repeated his rehearsed message even though it was no longer appropriate.
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When the Good Morning America crew arrives for filming, the Sigmund Freud bust is on the mantle in the background. When the crew actually begins filming, the bust has been replaced by duck decoy for the full filming sequence.

The film crew is shown trying to decide exactly where and how to shoot the sequence. The shot then follows Bob and Leo outside while the film crew is setting up. It's not unreasonable to think that the crew would move things around to appease their own aesthetic (switching the bust for the duck). They were given plenty of time to do it in (20 seconds of screen time plus however long during the cut).
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Revealing mistakes 

Gil the goldfish changes species throughout the film.
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Bob's boat is obviously being pulled, not sailed.
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When Bob and Siggy are ranting in the bedroom, Bob holds a pillow with a nice white pillow case. When Leo breaks into the room and tells them to be quiet, Bob hides behind the pillow, now with the pillow case missing.
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