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(1998)

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Factual errors 

In the end credits musical listings, the name Jeremy (of Chad and Jeremy, who contributed 'A Summer Song' to the soundtrack) is misspelled as Jeremey.
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Character error 

Ms. Cross says, "These were just born", referring to a tank of full-grown neon tetras.
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The Swiss Army Knife Dirk gives Max says "Rushmore Yankee 1985-1997". Since Max is 15, this would mean he has gone to Rushmore since age three. But his first talk with Dr. Guggenheim reveals that he has only gone to Rushmore since second grade.
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When Mr. and Mrs. Yang meet Mrs. Whitney at the play, they ask, "Are you Mrs. Whitney, the English teacher?" She says "Yes" despite the fact that she is the math teacher.
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In the first close-up shot, the box with the "Perfect Attendance" and "Punctuality Award" pins appear from left to right. But when Max reads out the names of the pins (in the same order as above), he points at them from right to left.
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When Max is shown in the Model UN delegation as "Russia", he has an old, red Soviet Union flag on his desk (note the hammer and sickle), although the USSR fell in 1991. A closeup of Max's Swiss Army knife reveals that the story takes place in 1997, by which time the current white, blue, and red Russian flag was adopted.
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When Max hands Mr. Blume his school pins, they are shown. He then points to them and lists what the two were, but he labels them in an the wrong order.
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The supposedly unsolvable math problem appearing in Max' dream sequence is to prove that the area of an ellipse with semimajor axis a, and semiminor axis b equals (pi)ab, which is a routine calculus problem, and not ridiculously hard.
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Continuity 

In the elevator, Max and Mr. Blume swap their position.
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In the final party, Mr. Littlejeans is in the background of two consecutive conversations that ostensibly take place in different parts of the party hall - the conversation between Max's Dad and his Grover Cleveland teacher, and between Ms. Blume and Margaret Yang.
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When Rosemary Cross was talking with Max in her classroom after leaving her job, the students' artwork she previously had taken down just seconds before in the same scene reappears.
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When Mr. Blume is on the diving board there is a shot looking down on him and his cigarette is very close to burned up; but in the next shot he has almost half a cigarette left.
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When Max meets Blume, Dr. Guggenheim's hand holding his pipe.
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When Ms. Cross is grading papers in the library, before Max comes to refill her lemonade, she grades a paper with a yellow paper under it, and her smiley face stamp to the right of her hand. In the next shot when Max refills her Lemonade there is no yellow paper under the one she is grading, and her smiley face stamp is far off to her left.
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When Max is riding the replacement bicycle to Blume's work to sabotage his car, the rack on the back of the bike has nothing in it; when he gets to the gate and rides in, there is now a small pack attached to the rack (from which he pulls his tools in the next scene under the car).
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In the elevator scene at the hospital with Max and Herman, Herman lights a second cigarette while still finishing the first. In the shots that follow the old (almost finished) and new cigarette (full) switch locations and then switch back.
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When Dirk confronts Herman by standing in front of his car, Herman's son is in the front seat with his head in his hand, gesturing impatiently. Then he is suddenly sitting upright with his hand on the side visor.
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When Blume's sons lock him out of his Bentley, the shot of his hand on the door handle shows a car with different paintwork - two-tone black and grey rather than all-black.
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Amount of lemonade in the jug after Max refills Rosemary's glass.
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When Margaret Yang is flying the remote control airplane, it is a cloudy day. When the plane lands, its shadow is visible indicating the sun is out.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Max goes to meet Blume's wife, the camera and crew are reflected in the building behind them.
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When Magnus confronts Dirk and tells him about what Max said he did with Dirk's mom, a crew member is reflected in the window behind Dirk.
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When Max and Mr. Blume are walking outside Max' father's barbershop, crew members can be seen in store windows.
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Factual errors 

During the math class, the board is shown. y = f(x) = x^0.5. The question is to compute f(x+ deltax) - f(x). The first statement is accurate. The second statement is obtained by multiplying by 1 in the form of [(x+ deltax)^ 0.5 + x^ 0.5]/[(x+ deltax)^ 0.5 + x^ 0.5]. Thus the denominator of the second statement should be [(x+ deltax)^ 0.5 + x^ 0.5], NOT [(x+ deltax) + x^ 0.5]^0.5 as shown on the board. Interestingly, the third statement on the board has the denominator correct.
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When one the Blume twins get into their father's Bentley after school, one of them turns up the air conditioning. The automatic heater controls shown are not the same as those in the Bentley, which has manual controls. The controls are from a Mercedes-Benz C-Class 1994 or 1995 model year.
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Revealing mistakes 

The movie continually updates the time of year. But in the portion of the year labeled "September", the leaves on the trees are all red and gold and falling off. In "October", however, the trees are completely covered with green leaves.
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At one point a reporter is interviewing Max Fischer with a tape recorder. As he's holding it up to Max to speak into, it is very obvious that the tape recorder is not moving, the wheels inside are at a standstill.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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