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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the beach party, when Lana and her two friends get on the stage to sing, neither one of the friends' mouths move at all, although backup singers are clearly heard.
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When the vice-principal says, "Oh, come on, girls, it's a ball, not a snake," her mouth doesn't match the words.
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Character error 

When Paolo sets out to brush Mia's hair, he orders his assistant "Helga" to hand him the brush in make-believe German. He says, "Brüste, Helga," which translates as, "Breasts, Helga." The correct word for "brush" in German is "Bürste".
When Clarisse is first introduced, she is crossing her legs. But, in the princess lessons scene, she tells Mia that royalty never cross their legs, only their ankles.
When Queen Clarice and Mia are talking to the police after Mia hits the trolley car, the queen tries to claim diplomatic immunity as a way to get out of the ticket for the accident, which the officer promptly denies, as Mia is not subject to immunity. However, traffic tickets have never been included in offenses excused for diplomatic immunity. Thus, even if immunity had applied to Mia, she still would have gotten a ticket.
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At their second meeting, Clarisse tells Mia to wear "stockings, not tights" on her next visit. However, the garment that Mia is putting on in the back seat of the limousine, en route to the consulate the next day, is a pair of tights, not a pair of stockings, as the queen specified.
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The Genovian motto written in Latin "Totus Corpus Laborat" has a grammatical error in it. The motto should actually be "Totum Corpus Laborat". Totus is a masculine form of the adjective, but the noun corpus is neuter.
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Mia misquotes Shakespeare's Juliet as saying, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet..." Juliet's line is, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".
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Continuity 

When Mia finds the letter from her dad, the sun is streaming into her room. Meanwhile, the ball is getting underway, and it's nighttime.
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Before Mia slides down the firepole during the opening scene she is wearing glasses. When she gets to the bottom of the pole she isn't wearing them then when she walks across the room to leave she has them on again.
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At the state dinner, Clarisse asks Emperor Sakamoto if he wants to look at some pictures. He says no and takes a sip from a spoon of what appears to be soup. However, the soup hasn't been served yet.
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When Josh is hit with the softball, the ball bounces out of sight. In several consecutive shots, the ball is nowhere around him. However, when another boy yells at him to "pick it up", the ball suddenly appears next to him, and he throws it home.
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In the scene when Mia packs her bags to run away she slams the door and shocks her cat. The cats looking out of its house has a different face than the cat further on sitting on the letter Mia drops.
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When the band is done playing in the auto shop, the guitarist walks away. A moment later, he is back talking with some girls, like he has been there all along.
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When Mia is sitting with Jeremiah, Lana says, "Sunglasses girls!" and she and the other two put on glasses. But when Lana stands up and faces Mia, her glasses are gone.
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In the very opening scene when the camera moves to Mia's window, you can see her hand opening the blinds as she is looking out. In the very next scene, she is opening it again.
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During the state dinner scene, when Mia drops a grape on the floor it can clearly be seen as green, but when she bends down to pick it up, it has changed to a red grape.
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When we first see Mia after the makeover, she is wearing make-up: eye shadow and lip gloss. But when she turns to look at herself in the mirror, eye shadow has disappeared and her lip gloss has become lighter.
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Mia is reading one of the books in the garden, before the scene where her grandmother gives them to her.
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When Joe says, "Going up" (in the limo), Mia falls forwards instead of back.
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Mia begins her speech at the end of the movie by stating that it stopped raining, but when Paolo gets let in after her speech, he is wearing a rain coat and is soaking wet.
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When Mia and the Queen spend the day together, Mia takes a bite of her corn dog. When she offers the queen a bite, the corn dog is whole again.
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The Queen's scarf changes in between shots during the 'Order of the Rose' scene.
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Mia's bathing suit jumps from her right hand to her left between shots when she is explaining to her mom about her first kiss and the foot pop.
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Before the "order of the rose" scene, as Mia is driving up the hill she explains that it is the shortest way to the consulate. Later when the police offer to take them they turn down the hill.
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The cucumber slices that Paolo puts over Mia's eyes change from having part of their skin peeled off to having a continuous peel around their circumferences. As her make-over occurs within a relatively short period of time, there seems to be no reason for the slices to be changed.
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When Mia is walking by the group of cheerleaders tormenting her about her public speaking anxiety (..."bullimic convention?"), Lana sits down, then sits down a second time without ever getting up in between.
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When Lilly and Mia are on the roof of the school after the beach party, Mia's hair changes position in between shots on her shoulders.
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Errors in geography 

On the way to Musée Méchanique, we see Mia and her grandmother driving over the Golden Gate Bridge toward Marin County. However, Musée Méchanique is located in San Francisco.
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Miscellaneous 

When Mia is driving the Mustang up hills with her grandmother, it is implied that it is a manual because it keeps drifting backwards on hills (it even drifts all the way down a hill and hits a bus). Also there is a close-up shot of her putting both feet on the brake pedal. Later in the movie when she's driving to the ball in the rain, the car stalls and she lays down on the front passenger seat. You can clearly see the gear shifter and it is an automatic. Therefore it wouldn't drift backwards on hills.
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Plot holes 

Helen tells Mia that they (the Queen, Mia's dad and Helen) were planning on telling Mia about her heritage when she turned 18. However the letter from Mia's dad was for her 16th birthday and it has the royal insignia on the letter head. Wouldn't that give it away?

Revealing mistakes 

Prior to Mia breaking the finger from the Genovian statue, the seam in the finger can be plainly seen.
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When it is raining and Mia uncovers her Mustang, the car is already wet, possibly from previous takes.
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When we first see Michael at the auto shop he's practicing with his band. They show two girls watching the band. One of the girls says, "He fixes cars, he plays guitar... and he can sing -He is so hot! -He is wicked sweet. ". While she is saying this the camera is set on Michael, who is playing the keyboard, not the guitar which indicates she is not talking about Michael but the guitar player who can be seen talking to the girls later in the scene.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

In the opening shot in Mia's room, the camera pans past a small stack of books. These are the same books that Queen Clarisse will give her at their second meeting.
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In the scene when Mia and Michael kiss by the fountain, Michael puts his hand behind his back. In the next shot it is by his side, and he puts it behind his back for a second time.
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When Mia takes the trash out in the opening sequence, the neighbor's mailbox has his last name printed on it. When Queen Clarisse arrives to talk to Mia after she has run away from the consulate, Mr. Robutusen is getting his mail and there is no name on the mailbox.
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