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Serendipity (2001) Poster

(2001)

Goofs

Continuity 

When Jonathan Trager is lying down looking up at the snow falling, the glove lands on his stomach below his hands, but in the next shot the glove is above his hands, lying on his chest.
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Anachronisms 

When Jonathan is on the subway in 1994, an advertisement for "Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical" (1997) is behind him.
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When Jonathan finds the receipt for the gloves the date on the receipt is in 1990, when he was supposed to have met her in 1994.
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Character error 

The constellation Sara calls Cassiopeia is not Cassiopeia. It's the wrong shape and the wrong number of stars, and Cassiopeia is not so close to zenith in the fall and winter skies.
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Jonathan says that Cool Hand Luke, his favorite movie, features the "The Man With No Eyes And No Name". The Man With No Eyes is named Boss Godfrey.
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When in the opening scene when Jon and Sara are fighting over the gloves, the older male shopper says that it is five days before Christmas. However, when Jon finds the receipt years later the date is 12/21 which is only four days before Christmas.
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Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) calls Dean Kansky (Jeremy Piven) "Gerald", Cusack's real life pet name for his life-long friend Piven. In mitigation, this could be considered Jonathan's pet name for Dean, an in-joke rather than a goof.
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Continuity 

When Sara is telling Eve that they are going to New York, the tickets she is holding in her hands disappear and reappear between shots.
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When Jonathan and Sara are in Serendipity the night they meet, their straws keep changing positions as they talk.
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While Sara is picking up her bag and Jonathan's scarf at Serendipity, she picks up his gloves too. Then when she puts the scarf on him, she is no longer holding the glove
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When Sara is seen getting in the second cab at the New York airport, Eve's black suitcase is seen in the front seat. But in the next shot Eve is seen heading to the cab towing the suitcase behind her.
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When Jonathan and Halley are in the apartment and the smoke alarm goes off, Halley jumps up, and Jonathan settles himself down on the bed, unearthing the red Bloomingdales bag containing the glove. When you see the bag come into view, Jon's holding a television remote in his left hand. When he picks up the bag and sits up, the remote has switched to the right hand.
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When Sara crosses the street to buy the Certs, she approaches and you can see the stand employee grab the five dollar bill out of Sara's hand. When the camera angle changes, Sara sets the five down on the counter, and then the man behind the counter picks it up.
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When Eve gets into the taxi outside the hotel, a couple exits the hotel and walks off to the left side of the screen, when the camera comes closer, focusing in on Sara, the same couple exits again.
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When Jonathan and Dean arrive at Serendipity, Sara and Eve are just getting in the cab. But when the cab drives off, there's nobody in the back seat.
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When Sara is having a conversation with the guy who cleans up the ballroom where Jonathans wedding supposed to be, Sara has a small spot of sweat on the back of her shirt. In the next shot the spot appears to be much larger.
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When Halley gives the traditional Groom's gift to Jonathan, he receive a white envelope, and when she says "open it", he opens a golden package, and the white envelope is gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflection of camera on crane is visible in Bloomingdale's' window during the opening credits.
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During the hunt for "Love in the Time of Cholera", the camera crew is reflected in the black Range Rover that passes in front of the bookstore that Jonathan and Dean are exiting.
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Errors in geography 

Stars are seen in the Manhattan sky at night. In fact, New York produces so much light that stars are invisible. (The director mentions this in the audio commentary.)
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The ferry that Sara is riding from San Francisco Ferry Building is seen moving left to right across the screen with the Bay Bridge in the background. This is the direction ferries travel on the way to San Francisco.
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Dean is an obituary writer for the New York Times. Jonathan asks a cab driver to take him to Dean's office on 42nd Street in Manhattan. The Times' office is on West 43rd Street.
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Sara has tickets for an American Airlines flight, yet the exterior shots of the plane she is about to board show a German flag and registration number.
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Factual errors 

At the end of the film, the leaves on the trees are clearly green, meaning that it is at least the end of May, yet it snows when John and Sarah meet at the skating rink. This is essentially impossible.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jonathan is reading Dean's letter, a person in the background can be seen mouthing the words "shooting a movie".
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Towards the end of the film a remark is made about "what happened to Spring?" referencing the rather mild weather. This scene appears to have been (re-)shot during the warmer months as many of the locals in the distance are wearing shorts and T-shirts yet everyone in the foreground has a few layers on (though not too many to appear ridiculous), however it's snowing later that day (or the next).
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

There isn't enough time for Dean and Jonathan to travel from New York to San Francisco at night and return to NY by noon the following day to attend the wedding. Typically, the last flights from NY to the west coast leave around 8:30 p.m. or so and there wouldn't have been enough time for the guys to get to the airport following the rehearsal dinner. Also, because of the time delay, they wouldn't have been able to get a flight from SF to NY the following day to make a noon wedding, no matter how early they left SF. A red-eye would be out of the question, since a red-eye would have left around 10 or 11 p.m. the night before - which is when their flight from NY would've gotten in.
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