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(2002)

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

In the first scene, Lee takes an assumedly freshly-typed letter directly from the typewriter with her mouth. But as she's walking down the hall toward E. Edward Grey's office, a circled error can be seen on the letter.

Anachronisms 

The letter that Lee masturbates to in the bathroom is dated July 27, 1999, yet earlier in the story she is seen reading the June 2001 issue of Cosmopolitan.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The typewriter shown during the starting credits has a typeball, but it sounds like a manual or daisy wheel typewriter.

Boom mic visible 

In the scene where Tricia O'Connor arrives and calls Lee submissive, a boom mic is clearly reflected in the window behind Lee, following her while she moves from left to right.
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Character error 

The 6/7/99 letter addressed to Mr. Ralbovsky has three typos circled, but Grey overlooked the incorrect grammar of the first sentence. There seems to be a word or phrase missing between "requiring" and "issued" at the beginning of the second line. As is, the sentence makes no sense. Also, there are two spaces between "Law" and the case number, and two line breaks instead of one between the paragraphs.
Lee is copying a one page document with the copier cover open. This might be okay if the page was positioned exactly right, but the page is in the middle of the glass instead of in a corner (which is usual) and after Grey tells her "good letter" she accidentally moves the page but continues copying. This would definitely result in askew copies with dark sections.
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Continuity 

Mr. Grey slams a letter on Lee's desk and he has circled the letter 'f' in the word 'knowledfe', which Lee has mistyped. When Mr. Grey brings Lee into his office and makes her bend over to read the mistyped letter she just placed on the desk, we see that the entire word is circled, not just the letter 'f,' as was seen before. Not only that, but the word circled in the letter Lee reads is "illuminatinh", rather than "knowledfe".
When Lee is being dried off by Mr. Grey, there are fewer scars and cuts on her torso than in the next shot, when he lays her on the bed.
When Lee picks up and puts down the mirror for practicing her job interview, her thumb is up. In all other views of her holding the mirror, her thumb is across the handle.
At Lee's sister's wedding reception, Lee's dad is drinking a beer. As camera looks over his left shoulder, he drinks the rest of the bottle with his right hand and his thumb is below the neck of the bottle. The camera shifts to a front view, but although the motion was continuously covered, his thumb is suddenly all the way up the neck and almost touching his lips.
When Lee is masturbating in the office toilet, she puts her left hand in her blouse, covering her breast. Moments later, still masturbating, Lee's blouse is closed.
Through most scenes in the office Lee wears plain stockings, especially when she is ordered to join Mr Grey in the library. When he asks her "What's going on with the sewing kit and the band aids?" her tights become white and patterned. On a journey home in the back of her Mom's car, the stockings are white and patterned after we had seen her wearing plain brown stockings.
Lee was bent over his desk and Mr Grey instructed her to pull down her pantyhose and underwear. When he had finished masturbating, she pulled down her skirt but did not raise her pantyhose and underwear. She walked to the door unimpeded and when she was in the bathroom, her pantyhose and underwear were in the normal position.
When Lee is sitting on Grey's table while keeping her palms over it, during several visits of her friends and relatives, a pot of peas and a pile of books are left over the table. Both the pile of books and the pot of peas seem to appear and disappear in different shots of the scene during a close-up.
The letter to Mr. Garvey that Lee reads while being spanked is dated June 16, but after she retypes it and carries it to Grey, it is dated June 14. Either this is a continuity error or Grey failed to circle the incorrect date as a typo.
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The classified ad at the beginning of the film indicated Grey's office street number was 2640, but a letter that Lee hand-addresses to him later in the film shows a street number of 2540. This may have been an intentional mistake on her part as she had been making mistakes on purpose for several days trying to get Grey to punish her. Besides that, why would she put the office address on an envelope for Grey that she is preparing in his office and thus is not something she'll need to mail? (She did not include her return address on the envelope)
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After Mr Grey sees Lee preparing to self harm and she starts to tidy her desk the strands of hair falling in Lee's face change. First two then only one (when she holds the pencils) then two again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A member of crew is reflected in the car window when Lee first arrives at the office. Lighting gear and boom mic also visible in the car window as the door opens.
During the shot of Lee with the White Out bottles on the typewriter in the foreground, the reflection (inside the lens?) of the camera operator can be seen - an outline of a head with an arm turning the focus ring.

Errors in geography 

In narration near the end of the film, Lee says she and Grey are married and have a honeymoon in the mountains, all in the same weekend. However, since they presumably live in southern Florida, they would've had to drive at least 10 hours each way to reach the nearest mountains in Georgia or South Carolina.

Factual errors 

The misspelling of Clermont is also visible on the sign for Clairmont Community College, where Lee learns to type.
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All the cars in the film have Florida license plates on the front of the car. Florida only has one plate in the back.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lee goes to Mr. Grey's office to apply for a job, rain falls only in the foreground. Closer observation shows that the background location is reasonably dry and not being rained on.
When Mr. Grey is typing his apology letter to Lee, his finger goes to hit the spacebar, but misses and he just continues typing.
Lee is bent over his desk and Mr Grey instructs her to pull down her pantyhose and underwear. When viewed in profile we see the edge of a bodysuit across her thigh. It's unlikely to be a tan line because she was completely covered (hiding her scars) while her girlfriends were in bikinis.
When Lee gets back in the car after her interview with Grey, the camera angle is in the back of the car looking straight between Lee and her mother. From this angle, one should be able to see Mrs. Holloway's face (otherwise she couldn't see behind the car while driving). Instead, we see the lower side of her head and the space above her right shoulder. To get a line of sight of the rear window with the mirror in this position, she'd have to scrunch down and lean to the right while driving. Worse, as the car drives away, the mirror remains at this cockeyed angle. Also in this scene (assuming they're supposed to be in the actual small city Clermont, FL as opposed to a fictional big city Clairmont, FL) when they drive away from Grey's office, a skyscraper can be seen in the distance (possibly downtown Los Angeles from the south if the scene was filmed in the morning).
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While looking for possibly discarded notes in the dumpster, Lee moves a box from Church Brothers Produce, a California and Arizona company. This would probably be an unlikely item to find in a dumpster in Florida.
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Peter washes clothes at Lucy's LaundryMart, which is a California chain with no locations in Florida.
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