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Tommy Boy (1995) Poster

(1995)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

At the beginning when Tommy is running as a youth, which would have been set in the late 1970s, several late model (1990s) cars are in the background.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Richard is looking at the girl in the pool though his hotel window you can hear a zipper noise (as if his pants zipper was going down), but later in the scene you can see he is wearing boxers.
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When Tommy and Richard stop to pick up the hitchhiker you hear a car horn that trails off as if someone was beeping as they passed by, but there is no car.
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Continuity 

When Tommy bends the car door back into position at the gas station, it is visibly dented and crumpled along the edge. Immediately after, Richard goes to open the door, it falls to the ground, and is in pristine condition.
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When the hood flies off the car the freeway has dozens of vehicles traveling in both directions. Once the car comes to a rest on the side of the road, all traffic has disappeared.
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Richard hits Tommy in the face with a 2x4 when they get into a fight. This board was nowhere in sight in the long shot of them getting out of the car, and not enough time passes between shots for Richard to have run off, found it, and returned.
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During the scene after Tommy and Richard are kicked out of Zalinsky Auto right before Tommy's love interest shows up, you can see the same reddish haired man in a suit walk by behind Tommy twice.
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Richard hits Tommy Boy across the side of his face with a board. It is revealed, during the lunch scene at The Cluck Bucket, that this left a huge bruise on Tommy Boy's face. Yet just a short while later, when Tommy makes his first successful sale to Ted, there is not a trace of any bruise on his face (nor is any sign of the bruise seen at any time later in the movie).
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When Richard's hair blows at Zalinsky's headquarters, he pushes his toupee back onto his head, and it's all ruffled and out of place. In the next shot it is back to normal.
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When Tommy Boy bends Richards car door in reverse at the Citgo gas station, it is obvious that the door was bent after tommy fixes it, but when Richard tries to open it it looks to be like new.
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Near the beginning, when Tommy's dad shows Tommy his office, the door reads "Thomas R. Callahan III." At the end of the movie, when Tommy is being introduced as the new President, he is introduced as "Tom Callahan Jr."
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The tag on Tommy's life jacket appears and disappears between shots in the airplane.
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In the airplane restroom, the door was not opposite the toilet, yet when Tommy pulls his tie out of the commode and falls backward, he goes through the door and into the aisle.
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While in Zalinsky's Board Room with the TV crew, Tommy gets Zalinsky to give his "I make car parts" line. As Zalinsky starts, he opens his shirt and undoes his tie, next shot his tie and shirt button are closed, then the next shot they are open again.
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Tommy reaches for the life preserver with his left hand. In the next shot, he is grabbing it with his right hand.
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In the last scene, Tommy's boat is in shallow water. Yet when the wind picks up, his boat is farther out in the lake.
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When Tommy is with his friends after finding out his grade, the smoking device in his friend's hand disappears and reappears between shots.
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During the last scene on Tommy's boat, there is no rope connected to the pulley wheel at the end of the boom of his sailboat. In the next shot when he sails away, there is a rope attached to it (this is necessary to be able to sail).
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When Richard hits Tommy with the 2x4 the break in the wood has a slivered edge. However, when the scene cuts to a different angle, Richard has a complete 2x4 in his hand.
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During many early scenes, Richard's car has no rear-view mirror. However, it is installed before the deer destroys the car and knocks it off with its antlers.
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The position of Tommy's boxers directly after he falls out of the airplane bathroom moves between the first and second shot of him on the floor.
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In the scene where Tommy wrecks and lights the toy car model on fire, the front axle and wheels are missing from the table in some shots, and the blue car is set on the table in different spots in some shots as well.
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When Tommy and Michelle are in the sailboat, the reflective disc and securing strap on the (screen) right side of his life vest disappears and then reappears.
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When the woman at the motel strips to go skinny dipping, her robe and bikini top move around at her feet between shots after she takes them off.
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When Tommy is backing up the car at the gas station, the door is open about one foot. Just before the door is torn off, it is wide open.
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At the end, when Tommy is sitting in the boat, we can see as the camera moves that the boat is only in about two feet of water. In the next scene, the boat appears to be in the middle of the lake, and in the next scene he is close to shore again.
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When Tommy and Michelle are in her office and she's packing her things, her necklace with the curved jewelry switches back and forth repeatedly.
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The toy hand that Tommy uses to flick off Richard moves between takes.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Before Beverley comes out of the pool, a crewmember and a boom mic are reflected in the glass door that Big Tom closes.
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When Tommy get out of the car to "tinkle," Richard slowly drives forward and a blue van passes by. You can see the camera in the reflection of the van.
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In the scene where Tommy and Richard stay at the Deer Glen Hotel, Richard makes a comment to Tommy about the moths inside of the hotel room. If you look closely you can see a member of the crew's hand throwing moths in the air at the base of the lamp behind the end table.
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When Paul arrives in Sandusky on a bus, a camera man and camera can be seen in the upper left-hand corner of the front window as the bus comes to a stop.
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Errors in geography 

Tommy and Richard are flying to Chicago however when they show the office building that Zalinsky's office is in, it is the Fox Plaza building in Century City, Los Angeles, CA.
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Factual errors 

At the beginning of the movie, Tommy rushes to take his American History Exam. The first question is "James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and _____ Hancock were all Framers of the Constitution." (Tommy writes Herbie). However, a University History Professor would know that while Madison was a Framer, Hancock and Jefferson were not. The latter two were not at the Constitutional Convention.
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Early in the movie Richard claims to have dropped a 440 6-Pack Magnum engine into his Plymouth GTX. In all later scenes with the hood up or missing, it shows that the car is actually equipped with a standard 440 4 Barrel, as indicated by the "440 Magnum Four Barrel" Air Cleaner. The Magnum and the 6-Pack are two different packages for the 440, impossible to confuse with one another. 440 4 Barrel engines are equipped with a single four barrel carburetor and round air cleaner, where 6-Pack engines are equipped with three two barrel carburetors and a massive oblong air cleaner that covers the entire length of the intake.
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When driving to McKeesport, PA "Tommy" and "Richard" hit a deer. The type of deer that is hit is a Mule Deer and they are only found in the Western States, not in eastern state of Pennsylvania.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the beginning of the airplane bathroom scene, Richard's double can be clearly seen entering the bathroom - the double's hair is much more gray than Richard's. Then, visible through the crack in the door, the double can be seen to go left as Richard comes back of the bathroom.
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There is an obvious stunt double for Paul when he is on the hood of the crash test car.
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Obvious stunt doubles when Tommy is driving with Richard drinking beers as they prepare for the "bees-in-the-car" ploy.
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When Tommy runs into the glass door after a successful sale, he leaves his makeup imprint on the glass.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the "stepmother" is laying on the bed talking to the "step brother", they are talking about how to stop the trucks and her night gown strap changes positions a lot.
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