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What a Girl Wants (2003) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The registration number of the taxi the young Libby leaves in is, at first, CYP 44V - when her bags are thrown in. This is recycled footage from shots of the same vehicle (CYP 44V) which we see the older Libby and daughter Daphne leave in towards the end of the film. Additionally, as the younger Libby leaves, after her bags are thrown in, the registration number changes to MMX 902L (a vehicle seven or eight years older).
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Peach and Pear meet the twin boys when they're talking to Clarissa, they wave and say "tood-a-loo," but their lips do not move.
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When Daphne is being sprayed by the shower head before they go to the Royal Dress Show, she is screaming but her lips are not moving.
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Character error 

In the photo montage of Daphne's emergence into society, "auction" on one of the headlines is spelled "aution".
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When Henry says referring to Daphne "She's got my eyes" he is mistaken. Her eyes are blue while his are a very dark brown. He needs to see a shrink or at the very least an optometrist.
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In the Invitation inviting Daphne to Peach and Pear Orwood's Coming Out Ball, the invitation reads "Miss Peach and Pear Orwood invites..." whereas an actual British society invitation would read "the Misses Peach and Pear Orwood invite..."
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Lord Orwood claims that the chandelier was given by Napoléon Bonaparte to Josephine after the Battle of Borodino. The Battle of Borodino took place in 1812. Napoleon had divorced Josephine in 1809. He would have given the chandelier to his wife Marie Louise, whom he married in 1810.
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When Daphne meets Ian, she asks if he's playing a Gibson J200 guitar, and he replies affirmatively. We never get a complete shot of the guitar, but we can see that it's a cutaway model - the Gibson J200 does not have a cutaway.
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During the tabloid photo montage following Daphne's changing of ways to a "presentable young lady", a photo is mislabeled "Chelsea Charity Aution". It ought to say "Auction".
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In front of the portrait of his ancestor, Henry tells Daphne that Field Marshal Bingley Dashwood lost an arm at the Battle of the Nile. Field Marshal is the highest rank in the British army, but the Battle of the Nile was a naval engagement.
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Continuity 

When Ian first comes to Dashwood Manor and is arguing with the security guard about having an appointment to see Daphne, the size of the gap in between 2 of the gate's metal bars changes from wide during shots of Ian speaking to very, very thin during shots of the guard speaking.
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When Glynnis is on the phone at breakfast she takes out her earring while on the phone. When she hangs up the phone the missing earring jumps from the left ear to the right ear.
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When Daphne climbs the wall of her father's house, the guidebook she was holding disappears. When she arrives at the wall it's in her hands and when she starts climbing, the book is gone.
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Every time Daphne leaves the booth she tries on clothes in, she never had the clothes she took off though she pays for the ones she has on.
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Daphne's bedroom is obviously not part of the house we see from the exterior. Daphne's room's interior shows it as a corner room (a window is on the long wall) with a bay window. But the Dashwood house is a flat-front, and When she and Glynis and Clarissa talk to Lord Dashwood out their windows, Daphne is supposedly in a room in between the other two, with a single French window opening onto a balcony.
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At breakfast, Daphne's hands repeatedly change position between shots.
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Daphne's bra strap shows when she is speaking to Ian Wallace after their "great day", but in the next shot it has disappeared, though she never moved her arms.
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Henry and Daphne repeatedly switch positions between shots as they dance.
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When Daphne is making herself over as a "proper young lady" you see her removing her nail polish, and later in the montage she's wearing it again.
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in the last scene when she is dancing with her dad and having conversations her left cheek is touching his left shoulder and cheek but as the conversation progresses the camera shots keep changing and her right cheek is touching his right cheek, back and forth and back and forth again and again.
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When Daphne and Ian fall from the boat in to the water, and then climb back in to the boat, she is on the right (camera view). However in the following closeup she is on the left.
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When Henry, Glynnis, Clarissa, Alastair, Daphne, and Jocelyn are discussing where Daphne should stay, to avoid the scandal, Jocelyn turns slowly to the right to face Daphne. In the next shot, when she says "Oh, the girl must stay here", she is completely facing Daphne, with no true indication she had completely turned in the split second.
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When Daphne is spotted through the window by Clarissa she runs away from the house and is met from the opposite direction by Henry who was in the house when she ran away.
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When Armistead and Daphne are on the dock at the party, right before Daphne pushes him into the water, Armistead starts rubbing Daphne's arm with his right hand. But in the shots from behind Daphne, it's obvious that Armistead is only miming the action and rubbing his hands in midair.
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Errors in geography 

When Daphine is riding in the number 8 bus in London it says "Trafalger Square" in the front. The actual number 8 bus does not stop at or near Trafalgar Square.
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US ringer style used on a British phones.
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Factual errors 

All invitations from Queen Elizabeth II are commands, forwarded by the appropriate member of the royal household. As such when the film says 'Her Majesty the Queen invites you to the Annual Garden Party' in reality the invitation would read 'The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite Lord Dashwood and the Honourable Daphne Dashwood to a Garden Party'
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Both Henry and Daphne are referred to incorrectly. As the hereditary Earl of Wycombe Henry Dashwood would not be referred to as 'Lord Dashwood' as he is in the film, but 'Lord Wycombe' whilst Daphne, as the daughter of an Earl would not be referred to as 'Miss Daphne Dashwood' But Lady Daphne Dashwood. In fact it states early in the film that Henry has given up his seat in the House of Lords, but as hereditary seats are attached to peerages, not individuals, the only way for him to do this would be to give up the peerage altogether, and as such become 'Mr Henry Dashwood'.
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When Daphne is introduced at her first function, the introducer is wearing 4 miniature medals. Two WW2 stars and two WW2 medals. His medals are mounted incorrectly. His Defence Medal and his 39-45 Medal are the wrong way round.
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During Henry's press conference near the end, there is a shot behind his head showing the entire audience. On the far wall opposite Henry, two Union Jack flags are hung vertically. The one on the right is hung upside down. The proper way to hang the flag dictates that the thick white stripe in the upper left-hand corner is on top of the smaller red stripe, as correctly seen on the flag on the left.
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In order to move in any direction a boat needs a means of propulsion, in the case of a rowing boat that will be oars. After falling into the water Daphne and Ian climb back on the boat and start making out lying down at the bottom. No oars, no person rowing. In the next shot, while they are still on the bottom, the boat is moving forward under the bridge, which is physically impossible.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the New Jersey wedding in the beginning of the film, during the father-daughter dance, there is a shot of the bride's back where you see that only about 5 out of the 30 buttons on her dress are actually buttoned.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Henry arrives at his press conference to withdraw his candidacy, Clarissa is wearing a solid brown barrette on the back of her head. After Henry punches Alistair in the face and Clarissa is kneeling over him, she is wearing a different barrette.
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