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The Rules of Attraction (2002) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Paul gets kicked out of the guy's room for hitting on him, he lights a cigarette with an ordinary disposable lighter, but we hear the distinctive sound of a Zippo.
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Continuity 

Sean's "secret admirer" takes each of the rings off her fingers and lays them on the side of the bathtub. When she turns on the bath water, the shot of her hand shows one of the rings still on.
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When Lara does a hand stand while talking to Lauren, her shirt covers her stomach even though she rolled it up before she started.
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In the split screen sequence, when Sean meats Lauren in the corridor, she takes off his glasses, but when the screens join she's clearly standing too far away to have been able to reach them.
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The label on the whiskey bottle that Sean is swigging from throughout the party changes from a generic label in close-ups to Jack Daniels in the long shots.
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When Paul and the others walk into the hospital with their OD'ing friend, the wheelchair is standing on the right of the door. In the next shot, Paul unfolds that same wheelchair.
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When Paul leaves his dorm room to take Harry to the hospital he leaves his leather jacket on his door. Upon reaching the hospital he has the jacket on.
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At the end of the world party when Sean puts the whiskey bottle on the end table it has the cap on, even though he had just been drinking from it.
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When Lauren and Lara snort cocaine, traces of cocaine disappear and reappear around Lara's nose.
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When Sean and his drug dealer fight, the cocaine around the drug dealer's nose disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Sean and Lauren have their final conversation outside in the snow, Lauren's coat is alternately buttoned/unbuttoned between shots
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In the main scene where Sean and Lauren talk for the first time, the camera shows the perspectives of both characters facing each other. Lauren supposedly takes Sean's glasses off to see his eyes, yet we see her hands removing the glasses from her perspective, but for Sean, what is shown is Laurens face. To be accurate, Sean wouldn't be seeing her face; he'd see Lauren's hand/palm removing the glasses, not her face if this action was taking place at the same time. In addition, she would have had to move her arms & shoulders to remove Sean's glasses, yet she clearly makes no movement at all. Finally, when the camera pans backward and we see both Sean and Lauren facing each other, they are at least four feet apart. Yet neither moved according to the camera. Four feet is too far for Lauren to have casually reached out and grabbed Sean's glasses without stretching, moving forward, then back to her position in the pose where we see them both facing each other.
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Errors in geography 

Although the location for the film is a fictional northeast college called Camden, there are two palm trees that can be seen in the parking lot of the hospital scene.
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Factual errors 

In Victor's monologue he states that he flew to London on a DC-10, a three-engined aircraft, yet in the shot on screen we can clearly see that the plane is a four-engined Boeing 747.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the secret admirer cuts her wrist in the bathtub, air bubbles escape from her blood vessel before the blood. There are no air bubbles of that size in the human bloodstream - it was obviously an appliance (or other skin addition) that was not filled to capacity.
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When Sean Bateman opens the first love letter from his secret admirer, he looks down at his lap in response to the silver star confetti before it actually empties from the envelope.
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