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Goofs

Continuity 

On the beach in the rainstorm, Melanie moves in to kiss Jake with her hand grasping in his face. In the overhead shot, Melanie is throwing both her arms around his neck.

Continuity 

While in Tiffany's, Andrew asks about Christmas in Ireland and Melanie says that is four months away, which would mean that it's now August or September. But for most of the rest of the film, everyone in Alabama is in long sleeves. It wouldn't be cold enough for those types of clothes.
At the reception at the end of the movie, Mel's dress is clean and dry. But on the beach , immediately beforehand, it was dirty and wet from the storm and sand.
When Melanie's parents are arguing about the volume on the television while on the phone, Pearl says, "They could have heard it all the way at Joe and Lurlynn's house," but Lurlynn is married to Clinton, not Joe.
The tears on Melanie's face in the cemetery.
After Melanie visits the Carmichael estate, she is walking down the street in town with the sleeves of her dress pulled down past her shoulders, not up on her shoulders as they were in the previous shots.
When Jake and Melanie are talking inside of Jake's house, Jake is standing in front of some candles, and one goes out. In the next shot, it is burning again.
When Melanie and her mother are making jam, her boyfriend and her dad come in. Her mother takes off her pot holder but in a different shot the pot holder is still on.
In the wedding scene, Melanie's left earring switches back and forth from being caught in the veil and not being caught.
When Melanie is walking to the fair, we see a fire truck with "Pigeon Creek Fire Department" on its door with the initials "K.F.D." clearly present on the front right corner of the truck.
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When Melanie is in Alabama at Jakes house you notice that the leaves on the tress are starting to change color, indicating the weather is getting colder, autumn is coming. However in cooler New York (supposedly at the same time) the trees are still completely green.
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The length of the dark roots in Melanie's blonde hair changes frequently, and sometimes they completely disappear.
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When the outside of Pearl & Earl's trailer is shown, it is clearly a single wide trailer; but the interior shots show a larger, double wide trailer.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Jake is drinking the can of light beer, the camera is reflected on the bottom of the can.
When the wedding guest are running from the rain you can see a camera and the operator in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
When Melanie is walking through the battlefield, her sound equipment is visible, tucked into her boot.
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Errors in geography 

When Melanie's Father Earl returns home from the battlefield with Andrew he says, "Look what I found walking down I-58". If the movie is set in Pigeon Creek, Alabama then the only interstate anywhere close to that is I-65.
Andrew mentions to his mother that they will be staying at The Golden Cherry Motel. There really is a Golden Cherry Motel (it was seen in the movie Norma Rae) but it is located in Opelika, Alabama, which is nowhere near where this movie is supposed to have taken place.
Melanie jokingly asks if the Piggly Wiggly ran out of soap. There is no Piggly Wiggly within 100 miles of where the story is set.
Melanie drives past a sign on her way home in Alabama that says "Greenville". Greenville is about two or so hours from the beach. If that's near where she lives, there's no way she would be a kid and at the beach by herself or whipping by the beach after the wedding. If she lives near the beach, she wouldn't be driving through Greenville.
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The street where Melanie is dropped off to go in the back entrance of Tiffany is not located anywhere near the actual Tiffany store.
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Factual errors 

When lightning strikes sand, or sandy soil, it fuses the sand into a glass-like solid mass known as a "fulgurite." Real fulgurites are usually partially hollow tube-like structures having a granular exterior. The clear glass objects shown in this film are not likely to have been created by lightning.
When Jake is driving Andrew to Melanie's house, the gear selector is obviously in park, not drive.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Melanie's outfit changes in the fair scene from a dress with cowboy boots, to blue jeans and a jean jacket. Update: Several hours had also passed by with it being light out when she was wearing the dress to being late at night when she was in her jeans. It's a small town so it is possible that she went back home, changed clothes and came back to the fair.
Earl (Melanie's Father) refers to I-58. There is in fact no highway numbered 58 in the United States Interstate System. There is, in fact an I-58 that spans the width of Virginia from coast to westernmost tip. But not Alabama as is referenced in the movie.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jake is driving his truck, the gearshift is visibly up in "park". This is also obvious when Earl is "driving" his truck.
Jake bumps a gravestone which wiggles back and forth, showing that it is made of a light material such as foam board (apparently it does not wobble as though it were a loosely fixed stone as some have suggested).
In the graveyard, after Jake tells Melanie to leave, she bumps into the "stone" dog on top of a grave marker, which wobbles more than a loosely-fixed decoration would, revealing that it is made of foam.
When Jake throws a bone into the lake for the dog to fetch it, the dog can be seen later on emerging from the water. But it is clearly a fake dog with no natural movement.

Spoilers 

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Plot holes 

The big revelation of this movie is that Melanie has been living under the surname "Carmichael" in NY, and that is the name the fashion industry knows her under. But several of her former friends in Alabama reveal that they know of her designing career; one of whom even says he's read stories about her on the Internet! Why would the town be so so surprised then to learn that she had been living as a Carmichael instead of a Smooter?

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