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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When arriving at Annette's apartment to deliver the package, the doorbell rings before Sebastian touches it.
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Character error 

Cecile's cello teacher says "OK now let's try the G major scale. Once again. And remember, the 3rd note is sharp". The G major scale is G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G and the 3rd note is not sharp (#).
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Sebastian's Journal has the word "friendship" spelled as "freindship".
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When Dr. Greenbaum takes a note on billing for the book, a line is visible about Sebastian verging on psychopathic but it is misspelled as 'pyshopathic'.
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Sebastian tells Kathryn about what has happened "between Annette and I." The correct grammar is "between Annette and me."
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Continuity 

When Kathryn first shows Sebastian's diary to the camera, the front page says "Cruel Intentions". A short time later, the front page says "Cruel Inventions" (the movie's working title).
The first time the inside of Sebastian's journal is shown, "The Bet" page is opposite the page with Kathryn's picture and the phrase "I'm a bitch". At the end of the movie, Kathryn receives a copy of the journal and opens to "The Bet" page which is now opposite Cecile's page.
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After Valmont returns home from his therapist, while talking to Katherine, sits down on the couch and loosens his necktie almost completely. In the next shot it is shown almost completely tied again.
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Blaine's pile of marijuana changes size between shots.
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In the closing scene Kathryn looks up at the students after skimming through the pages of Sebastian's journal and they are all looking at her. They are all standing in a shaded area with absolutely no sunlight on them. Just a second later there's a closeup shot of one of the same students and there's sunlight on his face.
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When Sebastian goes to see Annette you can see her bra above her top but in the next shot you can't see it anymore.
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In the luncheon scene in Aunt Helen's yard, she leans down to hug Sebastian after saying the line, "You two are the best!" In one shot, she moves her left hand to his left shoulder, but in the next shot (close-up) her hand is not on his shoulder.
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When Katherine and Cecile are in the park kissing, Cecile's hair is behind the green clip, when the kiss it's covering the green clip, then when they finish the green clip is exposed again.
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When Cecile and Kathryn are talking secretly in a private room, the hair behind Cecile's ear alternates position from behind her ear to covering her ear.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Cameraman and crane visible in the front windshield of Sebastian's car while driving with Annette.
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The camera operator and camera are reflected in the windshield of the Jaguar as Annette drives out of town.
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Errors in geography 

When they are in the New York Subway, we can see a Los Angeles Metro train in the background.
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Factual errors 

When Bunny is arguing with Ronald, she remarks, "My husband and I gave money to Colin Powell!" Colin Powell has never run for public office to accept contributions for.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Annette meets up with Sebastian to have a swim the towel she places on the rail is black but when she gets out of the pool she grabs something white which is assumed to be the towel. In fact, the white thing is her bathrobe; before the swim, she places the black towel on the rail and takes off her robe, which is also placed on the same rail .
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Revealing mistakes 

When Annette and Sebastian are in the pool talking, a blocking cross is visible at the bottom of the pool, which both stand on at some point in the scene.
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When Sebastian goes up to the glass in his therapist's office you can see marks from when he hit his forehead against it in previous takes
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When Sebastian drives home after going to lunch with Clorissa, he makes a U-turn which forces the taxis behind to stop. However, they start honking when his car goes right - this was obviously planned because there was no reason to assume he would U-turn.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Kathryn is in the bathroom before giving Sebastian's eulogy she is wearing two rings - one on each middle finger. After she walks out of the church and Cecile gives her the copy of Sebastion's notebook she is no longer wearing any rings. Then, just a moment later after the headmaster takes her hand to find the cocaine in her crucifix she is wearing a ring on her middle finger again.
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After Sebastian gets thrown in front of the taxi at the end of the movie, the license plate number changes between shots (it changes from 3T18 to 9X24).
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Errors in geography 

In the closing scene as Annette is driving out of the city there are a few shots from the car (side on) where you can see sand and hills. Then it cuts to a front shot of the city, with no hills or sand in sight.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end when the doors of the chapel open and Kathryn walks out, a string attached to the bottom of one door is visible as it helps that door open.
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When the taxi hits Sebastian the stopping distance of the car is extremely long for it's speed. In reality from the speed of 40-50 Km/h the car should stop in a few meters presumably not hitting Sebastian. That's because the stunt was made with the car traveling at a modest speed and with almost no braking. Obviously the screeching tire braking sound was added later fact confirmed also by the nonexistence of the braking marks on the road.
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