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(1995)

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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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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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Character error 

Tommy mentions that he and Michelle's brother used to steal doughnuts from Safeway - however, Safeway does not have any stores in Sandusky, Ohio.
Richard says that Tommy's brain is "is clogged with malted hops and bong resin". However, it's the grain in beer that's malted, not the hops.
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At the beginning of the movie, the name on Tommy's office door is listed as "Thomas R. Callahan III," but near the end, he is introduced to the crowd as "Tom Callahan, Jr."
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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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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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As Tommy is preparing to pitch brake pads, it's revealed that he has a clip-on tie. Once inside the building, it's clearly a tie-on type.
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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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While waiting to depart, we see a shot of Tommy and Richard's plane waiting at the gate, and it's clearly a two-deck 747. Later, there is an exterior shot of the plane in flight and it's another type of plane, with only a single deck.
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When Richard is telling Tommy about his 1967 Plymouth GTX he says "I dropped in a 440 Magnum with a six-pack" (3x2v carburetors). But when the hood comes open it has a 440 Magnum with 1x4v carburetor - the original engine on this vehicle.
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When Tommy, his father, and the executives are in the brake pad division and Tommy is doing "Kung-Fu" with the moving hooks, his father catches him and tells him to come on. As soon as Tommy takes a step toward his father, the hooks stop moving, but clearly no one turned them off.
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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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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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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 Tommy and Richard are listening to the Carpenters on the radio and the hood of the car comes loose and flies up, the music stops even though neither Tommy nor Richard turned off the radio.
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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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The plane Tommy and Richard fly on to Chicago is depicted as a 747 (at the gate in Sandusky) and an L-1011 (mid-air shot as the plane is on final approach) but the interior is that of a Boeing 767.
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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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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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In the airplane lavatory the bottom half of Tommy's tie gets in the blue chemical liquid of the toilet, which is permanent. In the following scene in downtown Chicago the tie is like new with no hint of blue chemical stain.
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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 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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When Tommy is rushing to his history final, it's cloudy outside and the pavement is wet as though it had just rained. Yet when he runs into the building and encounters the locked door, the sun is shining and the pavement is completely dry.
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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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Near the beginning of the movie when the group is walking the factory floor, Big Tom asks Danny how his new son-in-law is, indicating that Danny is probably in his early to mid-40s - which he looks. At the end of the movie, Tommy is addressing his employees and asks Danny if he remembers when they used to burn ants together with a magnifying glass as kids, which would indicate they are approximately the same age. Tommy, however, is only 25 years old; 15 to 20 years younger than Danny.
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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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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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When Tommy and Richard go to Chicago to talk to Zalinsky, they can't get a flight and have to sneak onboard as flight attendants. A few minutes later, when they are outside, Michelle shows up. How did she manage to get a flight when they couldn't?
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The toy hand that Tommy uses to flick off Richard moves between takes.

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 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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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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Errors in geography 

At the airport, Tommy's love interest is trying to fly to Cuyahoga Falls, but there's no airport in Cuyahoga Falls. She would fly into the Akron/Canton airport which is about 30 minutes away from Cuyahoga Falls.
When Tommy and Richard come back from the airport, as they pass through town you can clearly see a Toronto Dominion sign (Green with big white TD written on it) on the corner of the street, just as they turn right.
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The deer they hit is a red deer native to Eurasia.
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When Tommy and Richard pose as flight attendants Richard says if they hit anything it will be a mountain. There are no mountains between Sandusky and Chicago.
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While there is an Interstate 94 which runs through Detroit, Michigan; the city shown in the background of the freeway sign is not Detroit.
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At the time this film was made, the airport in Sandusky only flew small planes to the nearby Lake Erie Islands. Certainly no airliners as depicted in the film.
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Factual errors 

When Ray starts the hanging engine, the fan blows Richard's toupee off of his head. The fan on a car engine sucks air toward it rather than blow air away from it as indicated.
In the beginning of the movie, Tommy rushes to take his American History Final. The first question is "Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and __________ Hancock were Framers of the Constitution." Tommy puts Herbie instead of "John." However, while Madison was at the Constitutional Convention, Hancock and Jefferson were not. In fact, Jefferson was in France as our Ambassador to that nation.
Throughout the movie it is implied that Sandusky relies only on various factories for its economy. However, Sandusky is home to Cedar Point, one of the most popular amusement parks in the world, which brings in lots of tourism to the area.
When Tommy and Richard are trying to board a flight from Sandusky, OH to Chicago, the plane at the gate is an Air Transat L-1011. Air Transat is a Canadian charter operator and would not operate flights between those two cities.
No Cadillac has moving seatbelts similar to those indicated.
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At the wedding reception, we view some of the scene through Richard's camcorder. However, most of the cuts between shots could only have been made with multiple cameras.
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Just as a group of suits are about to enter the work floor of the factory, Tommy's father insists everyone wear a hard hat. Yet on the floor, several employees are not wearing them, violating virtually every safety code imaginable.
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When Tommy is changing clothes in the airplane lavatory the end of his tie gets in the toilet, then he hits the flush button and the toilet sucks his tie down with such a force that it pulls his face down to the bowl. In actuality this blue water recirculation type toilet has a metal flapper in the bottom of the bowl and is designed as a simple gravity drain with no suction at all.
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In the scene where the Greyhound bus drops Rob Lowe off in Sandusky, the driver is wearing dungarees and a shirt. Greyhound drivers are uniformed.
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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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Both Beverly and Tommy would not have received Big Tom's shares of stock right away. After Big Tom's death, his estate, including all his shares of stock, assets, liabilities, and so forth, would have had to have gone through probate. The probate process takes many months, if not years, to close, so the Callahan factory would not have been in any danger of a hostile takeover by Mr. Zalinsky. Consequently, because of probate, any outstanding bank loans or monies due Big Tom's Estate would have been handled by the Executor, and the factory would be able to operate as before.
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Miscellaneous 

Sandusky, Ohio is a mere 300 miles from Chicago. Therefore, Tommy and Richard could have easily driven to Chicago by car in only a few hours.
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When Tommy is reviewing the posting of the History 201 grades, all the names are in alphabetical order save one mistake. 'Bollen, Max' is above 'Blackburn, William'.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Bees don't fly at night, but there are no bees around Tommy or Richard. They are faking being attacked by bees.
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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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When Tommy runs into the glass door after a successful sale, he leaves his makeup imprint on the glass.
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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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Obviously, Tommy's dad (Brian Dennehy) is a large man, yet at his funeral the coffin is ridiculously small for his stature.
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Tommy and Mr. Zalinsky are seen going up an elevator to the board meeting, yet how could there be a crash test level so many floors above the street, containing cinderblocks, concrete floors and test vehicles?
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In the scene where Bo Derek exits the swimming pool, she's wearing a bikini. But in the scenes before and after that, characters are wearing jackets and the trees have no leaves, so it would be too cold for swimming.
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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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