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Character error 

During the swimsuit competition, when Stan calls Rhode Island's name, you can see California on deck to be called next, but Stan immediately skips to New Jersey.
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Anachronisms 

In the opening of the movie the actress playing Young Grace still has her baby teeth, which would make her between 6-8 years old. The date is shown as 1982. Later in the movie when Matthews is trying to find a female agent to go undercover and they bring up Hart, you see her birth date to be 2.11.1969. That would have made the child at the beginning of the movie 13 years of age.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Gracie begins her "talent", one of the wine glasses is tuned to the wrong pitch, so she drinks from it and lowers it to the correct pitch. Lowering the water level in a wine glass raises the pitch of the note it plays when the rim is rubbed.
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When Gracie is giving her final interview, the audio says, "I would take them out." But, the visual very clearly shows her saying, "I would take them down."
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When Eric is trying to convince Gracie to do the pageant in the beginning in the gym, he says, "It wouldn't be like that. You'd be an important member of the undercover team." She says, "Yeah, in a thong." After she says that you can clearly see that in the next shot where she is kicking the dummy in the head that she is saying thong again.
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Character error 

When the "top ten" finalists are announced, there are only seven names called.
Throughout the entire movie Miss California is known as Leslie Davis but when she's called as one of the top five finalists, Stan calls her Leslie Williams.
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When the Russian appears to be choking, Gracie says twice "he's turning purple", implying that he is not able to breathe. However, throughout the scene he makes sounds, which could not happen if he was not getting air. (The Heimlich maneuver should only be used if the victim can't make any sound at all.) In any case, the airway of an adult man is too large to be obstructed by a peanut. Possibly the filmmakers intended the Russian to be faking it, and Gracie to be mistaken about everything, not just her course of action but also the reason for it.
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At the first night of the pageant, when Gracie and Cheryl share a hot chocolate in Gracie's room, Gracie's roommate sits up in bed and claims she's "in the middle of a REM cycle". REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement, which is generally the deepest part of a sleep cycle where we dream. To wake up from that she would be unlikely to be so coherent and alert.
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In the first scene that shows the bomb maker at work, little circuit boards designed specifically to help solder to integrated circuits are on his desk. Yet the camera then moves to show him doing it the hard way under a magnifying glass with bare wires. He's got the boards right there under his nose and yet doesn't use them.
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Continuity 

Miss Ohio is played by two very different-looking actresses.
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When Miss Rhode Island is doing her flaming baton routine, the batons are clearly scorched black, but when her routine is over they appear unscorched, without having been extinguished.
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Cheryl hits Gracie with the roses and all the petals fly off. After Gracie steals the crown off Cheryl's head, Cheryl hits Gracie with the roses again, but some of the roses have reappeared.
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When Gracie enters the dressing room in her swimsuit she has a towel wrapped around her, covering the pin, but the men are able to see the dressing room on their monitor.
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When Gracie is coming out of the hangar after her makeover Eric is seen leaning on the car, and when the shot is seen from his back we can see him standing away from the car. In the next scene he is again resting against the car and he again stands away from it.
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When Gracie jumps out at the guy who has the gun at the talent portion of the contest, she doesn't hit the table of water glasses, but in the news coverage it shows her bumping the table as she runs to jump on the cowboy who was just lighting a cigarette.
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When about to go onstage for the top ten finalists, one of the girls puts curlers into Gracie's hair; when she comes out onstage, her hair is perfectly straight.
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The Steadicam operator, who's standing on the front part of the stage during the finale, disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Gracie is answering her question on the one most important thing our society needs, Stan is to her right. But when she leaves the stage he is to her left.
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When Gracie is practicing walking down the stairs in her dress in the middle of the night, she pulls out all of the weapons from under her dress. As she is doing this, her shawl is alternately on/off her shoulders several times.
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When Grace and Eric meet with the pageant representatives, Ms. Morningside stands to defend the program against being labeled a beauty contest. The reflection in the contestant photos behind her shows Grace and Eric standing but then in the next shot they rise from their chairs.
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When walking on stage for the swimsuit scene, Gracie is seen stepping off a couple of seconds too soon. The shot is then cut and Gracie is seen stepping off from her position again.
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At the orientation breakfast, Gracie only spreads some of the cream cheese on her bagel, yet when talking to Hawaii, it is neatly spread all over the bagel.

This is because Gracie continues to spread cream cheese on the bagel as the other girls talk/argue. You can see this action through the floral centerpiece.
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When Victor says he is leaving, and Gracie is in his room, and he gets toilet paper from the bathroom, the toilet paper changes from his hand from underneath his arm.
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In the club, when Gracie is trying to get Cheryl to confess if she's done anything illegal, the paint spots on Cheryl's right cheek disappear and reappear.
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When Gracie and Eric first meet Victor in the restaurant, Victor's hand jumps on and off of Eric's shoulder.
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When Gracie trips and falls onstage, her hair is caught in her liberty crown. The next shot has her hair neatly groomed.
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While Gracie is waiting to be announced as a "top 5" finalist the camera flashes to her three times. Cheryl, Miss Rhode Island, who was already announced, appears and disappears in the line-up.
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The position of the microwave door when Gracie is heating up her TV dinner at the beginning of the movie.
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Gracie's pizza slice changes size randomly between shots.
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After Gracie and Cheryl have hot cocoa, Gracie has her cup at the door but when she walks back, the cup is on the bedside table.
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After Gracie kicks her quilt when she is angry in her flat, the quilt changes positions in different shots.
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When Eric and Gracie are fighting in the gym, near the end Eric throws Gracie on the floor she is clearly going to hit the floor on her left shoulder, yet in the next shot she hits the floor on her back.
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The clocks in the background of the police station which show times around the world jump 15 minutes when Eric says "So who's buying me lunch?"
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When Miss Rhode Island comes to Gracie's door with the hot chocolate, as Gracie first opens the door, the thermos cap is obviously not screwed tightly enough. As the two talk to the door, the cap switches to being tightly closed and stays that way.
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When Gracie brings Starbucks coffee to work, Eric says, "Where is my frappuchino?" But when he picks it up, it's clearly not a frappuchino.
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When Victor and Eric are discussing that Gracie does not have a talent, Eric is drinking out of a cup. The cup is gone in the next shot.
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The amount of water in Eric's glass when meeting with Kathy and Stan for the first time.
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Errors in geography 

When Grace and Victor are leaving the restaurant in New York, a bus drives by with a huge University of Texas Longhorns banner on the back of it.
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Miscellaneous 

At 1hr 29min 54sec the view of the audience shows perhaps the first 8 or 10 rows wildly applauding. All the rows further back appear motionless as if they are the cardboard cutouts mentioned in the commentary. Pausing the film at this point reveals exactly this, as the characters are not lit in the same way as the rows in front of them. (There are no highlights, it's just flat like wallpaper.)
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At 28min 7sec, Gracie Hart and Victor Melling exit the hotel for a walk down the street. Both they and a number of extras are wearing sunglasses. Whilst it may be sunny on some buildings, the street is deep into a city 'canyon' where no direct sunlight falls. It's really too dark for people to be wearing sunglasses in this street scene.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Grace comes back from the bar she is uncharacteristically and inexplicably wearing a corsage. The corsage is left over from a deleted scene at her father's wedding.
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When the FBI receive the first letter from The Citizen. The first sentence says "I write again from Misulu Montana". Whereas the correct city in Montana is "Missoula", this is purposeful misspelling as part of the code of the poem - as Hart later points out. Each word with "mis" is one of the code words and the letter immediately following is the next letter in the code. Put together, all the letters spell "united states" - hence Miss United States: Misulu, misnumbered, misinformed, mistaking, misery, miss divine... missiles, amidst, misadventures, mist, misers, misspoke. Though the rule of the code is not strictly adhered to throughout, the misspelling of Missoula is intentional and necessary to identify the code.
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When Gracie visits Eric at the pool, the depth indicators seem to be incorrect. While at first glance they look like "3 FT = 9 M", there is actually a decimal point, "3 FT = .9 M", which is correct (3 feet equals exactly .9144 meters, but close enough).
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Revealing mistakes 

As Ms. Morningside is trying to open a bottle of aspirin, her "assistant" Frank Tobin comes toward her, and she almost calls him by the actor's name (Steve Monroe). We hear her say, "Ste- Frank..."
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When Cheryl is twirling her batons, in one of the shots just before Victor and Eric are shown trying to get to Gracie, her stunt double is obvious.
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When Gracie is practicing gliding down the street, a large crowd can be seen watching the filming from the other side of the road.
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In the final auditorium scenes, the rear of the crowd is obviously cardboard cutouts.
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After Vic leaves and Gracie has to do her own make-up, Miss Rhode Island tells the other girls to help her. Miss Rhode Island grabs some lipstick and when she tries to put it on Gracie, the tip breaks off, but she twists it off and acts normal.
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All the FBI profiles have "Grace Hart" signed on their FBI badges.
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At the club, where the girls go to their table to consume yet more pizza, there are seven glasses of beer on the table, but they are not full. In fact they are all exactly the same amount of not full.
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The surveillance monitors in the van outside the Russian restaurant have time code windows starting with the letters "TCR", which indicates playback of a tape, not recording. Recording time code would have the letters "TCG".
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Gracie's, Victor's, and the FBI's room numbers at the hotel are the same (103).
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Stan announces that Gracie is the first runner-up he goes on to say, "Our new Miss United States is Rhode Island's Cheryl Frasier", what is heard is completely different from what he is seen saying.
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At the end when Gracie is stealing the Miss United States crown from Cheryl, Cheryl is hitting Gracie with her flowers and in the audio she is saying "Get away, get away, get away", but her mouth is saying something completely different.
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Character error 

At the morning breakfast with all the pageant girls, Kathy Morningside says she has been director of the pageant for 21 years, and then later in the movie while she's being arrested, she says 25.
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During Grace's Miss Congeniality acceptance speech Cheryl can be seen in the background flinching/jumping at something before trying to cover it up.
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Continuity 

In the scene where Gracie receives the Miss Congeniality award, after her speech, Miss Texas gets up onstage to congratulate Gracie, but is then shown in the crowd when the camera goes back to Victor and Eric. We can see it is her, as her nose has been broken, which Gracie had done earlier in the film.
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When Cheryl is receiving her sash for Miss United States, the stage hand starts to put it over her head, and in the next shot from a different angle, does it again.
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When Gracie says that she really wants world peace when accepting the "Miss Congeniality" award, the reverse shot shows her wiping her eyes with a tissue. In the next shot, though, the tissue is nowhere to be seen.
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After Frank is told to repolish the Miss United States crown, he tosses the old one in a sink full of rags and opens a new one. After he tosses the old one out, it is barely visible in the bottom left corner of the sink, nowhere near where it landed in the previous shot.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Gracie tosses Cheryl's crown towards the Statue of Liberty background, we can see a hand reach out to grab it.
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Factual errors 

When Gracie jumps the man in the audience because he has a gun showing in his waist, Kathy Morningside states "of course he has a gun. This is Texas..." Actually, carrying a handgun the way he did, where it was readily visible is considered 'open carry' and was illegal in Texas at the time of the filming (2000). The Texas legislature subsequently passed an "Open Carry" law in 2015, which went into effect January 1st, 2016.
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