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Encino Man (1992) Poster

(1992)

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

The convenience store where Stony and Link stock up on junk food says Food 7 Mart on the exterior shot. Inside, you can clearly see it is a Circle K, most notably, the wall ads for "Thirstbusters" as well as the wallpaper near the ceiling.
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Character error 

Stony says Matt has 18-inch biceps. Arnold Schwarzenegger's arms were 22 inches at his competitive prime. It's very unlikely that even a large high school student (which Matt clearly isn't) would be so muscular. Stony said his own arms were 4 inches, so he may have been exaggerating.
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Continuity 

When Link and his girlfriend are trapped by the cave in, Link is wearing a sort of crude hide shirt or jacket. When he comes out of the ice, he is only wearing a loin cloth.
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The ICEE stain on Link's shirt when he returns the stolen pair of sunglasses.
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When the teacher writes on the board, he puts a comma between "Cro-Magnon" and "Man". When the chart flips, the comma is gone.
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When the bully is writing "EAT ME" on Dave's forehead, in the first shot the ink is really light. In the next shot, "EAT ME" is very dark and visible.
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The napkin on Encino Man's shirt disappears and reappears throughout his dinner with the family.
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When Link and Stoney are in the convenience store and steal the Squishy from the machine, Link has it all down his shirt when they leave. When Link returns the shirt has no marks on it at all.
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Before Matt breaks into Dave's room, Dave and Stoney are sitting by the pool, drinking beer, with a keg behind them. After they hear the break-in, the keg and beer glasses are gone, and there is a bowl of tortilla chips on the table. The glasses reappear during the earthquake tremor.
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When Link is drawing with ketchup on the glass at Blades, the "hand" of his painting is slipping down the glass when the scene faces the ice. When it faces Link, the "hand" is perfect.
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When Link is dancing at the prom, Stony can be seen in the background. He frequently changes position.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When David climbs up the pool ladder, his mother bends over to talk to him. The crew and camera equipment form a clear shadow on her back.
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When Link and the guys first enter the school, the cameraman is reflected in the glass door that Link runs into.
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Factual errors 

No man can be held up by staples.
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When Dave and Stoney first discover the block of ice Link is frozen in, Dave knocks on it and it makes a hollow noise. However, the block of ice should be completely solid and therefore, not sound hollow.
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At the prom, a microphone is aimed at the head of the bass guitarist's stack. The sound comes out of the speaker cabinet underneath it, so the microphone should be about a foot lower.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Dave's mom asks Link if his necklace is old, Link nods in the affirmative. If Link was a caveman and still had very limited speaking skills, he wouldn't be able to comprehend the question. He also wouldn't comprehend "I'll be back" or "Wheez the Juice," which he saw people do. He could've seen someone nod and mimicked it at (unknowingly) the right time and right place.
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The high school-aged characters are seen drinking in a bar and from a keg of beer. Since the reversal of Prohibition, the legal drinking age in California has always been 21. However, no one checks their IDs and it is possible for high school kids to get their hands on alcohol through fake IDs or other means.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Stoney and Dave clean up the caveman, they take a Polaroid picture of themselves. Their pose when the camera flashes, is clearly different from the actual picture. Most notably, Stoney's face.
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When Encino Man drives a car on two wheels, you can see a wire holding up the car.
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When Dave and Stoney jump into the hole the rocks move like they are hollow.
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When David jumps into the car that Link is driving, you can see the stuntman's face.
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During the first scene lots of things fall down during the earthquake, but a full ten seconds after the shaking stops, the ICEE falls. In addition, there is a basketball seen later on the shelf above his bed, which, being round, should have easily fallen down, but is not seen.
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