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Continuity 

Coffee mugs on the diner table change positions between shots.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Tony Bennett is singing at the "Blue Palm" restaurant, the piano player's fingers and bass player are clearly not in time with the music.
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In the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray/TV version, the pager shows the fictitious 555 number, made to avoid privacy issues, yet we hear Bruce reading the original number.
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Character error 

Grace talks about the AB+ blood type as if it's rare and high in demand. In reality, AB+ is the least in demand because AB+ can accept any other blood type. O- is the most in demand because it can be donated to any other blood type.
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The word "prophecy" (the noun) is misspelled in the newscast headline, which reads, "Doomsday Prophesy" (the verb).
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When Bruce is explaining to his dog where he should pee, he repeats, "House, bathroom, bathroom, house" and points to the house when he says house and to the outdoors when he says bathroom. In one shot, though, he points to the house and says bathroom and the outdoors and says house.
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In the Stanley Cup, it is announced that the Sabres have "won their first championship in 22 years." This would have been their first championship, ever.
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Throughout the film, Bruce is excited about his opportunity to finally have his own live shot. In reality, every reporter at a television station have numerous live shots every week. No television reporter considers them to be all that special.
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When Bruce changes the teleprompter as Evan is reading it, Evan says "and my tiny little nipples went to France," yet the teleprompter clearly reads "and my little tiny nipples went to France."
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In the beginning when they are measuring Buffalo's biggest cookie, the tape measure is clearly not measuring the middle (diameter) of the cookie. The measurement would only be accurate by the diameter size.
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Bruce refers to the upcoming ratings "Sweeps Week." A ratings sweep period is a month.
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Bruce describes the Polish bakery in his news story as home of the "cream-filled Polski Pierogi". A pierogi is a meat or cheese dumpling, and would be sold at a deli or meat market, not a bakery - a paczki is a fruit or cream-filled fried pastry.
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Continuity 

The hood of Bruce's car is alternately damaged and undamaged between shots.
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Seconds before the monkey comes out of the hood's butt, the hood on his left(viewer's left) with the blue jacket has a thin mustache and a small soul patch on his chin. After the monkey has come out, he has a full goatee when saying Bruce is 'El Diablo'.
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The morning after Bruce enhances Grace's breasts, he squirts ketchup on his toast. When the camera switches back to him as he gets up, there is no ketchup on the toast.
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After the meeting, in the hallway outside of Jack's office, when Bruce is saying to Jack "I'm starting to get desperate man", his hands "jump" from open to close position between the cut scene.
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When Bruce is "playing jazz" for Evan, his thumb switches from being tucked when we are looking at Bruce, to extended when we are looking towards Evan.
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In the diner, Bruce clearly pours quite a bit of cream into his coffee. In the following shots, the coffee is still black.
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When Bruce is looking at the pager, his hand is around the screen in the close-up. In the long shots, his hands grip the edge.
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During the cookie scenes, the milk on Bruce's shirt and trousers disappears and reappears.
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When Bruce wants all prayers organized into files, file cabinets start filling up the room he is standing in. By the time the last cabinet is put in front of Bruce, the position of his head behind the cabinet changes.
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When Bruce chokes on the spoon in the diner, he removes it from his mouth with two fingers from both of his hands. When the shot moves to the old man and back to Bruce again, his hands have switched.
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Bruce sees Clint Eastwood in the mirror and covers it with his hand. In the next shot, he is not holding onto the mirror and walks out.
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When Bruce answers prayers at high speed (at the computer), he puts his coffee mug down on his left. When he answers all prayers "Yes", the mug has disappeared from his left, and he picks it up from his right.
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When Bruce crashes his car and is yelling at God for ignoring him, he faces the screen and says "Answer Me!" The top two buttons of his shirt are unbuttoned. The next shot only one is unbuttoned.
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At Niagara Falls, while talking to the owner of The Maid of the Mist, Bruce shakes his head, which makes his hair messy. The scene cuts to Grace. When it cuts back to Bruce, his hair is parted and neat.
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In the Bakery scene, Bruce is wearing a hairnet. When Bruce spills the milk along the line of kids, his hairnet is gone. When he's about to cut the film, his hairnet is back on.
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When Bruce Nolan and Jack Baylor are talking in the hallway outside of Jack's office, Bruce's collar changes from inside his jacket to outside of it, then inside again.
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In the diner, the ketchup and mustard bottles on the left next to the old man keep switching positions.
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At the end of the movie when Bruce is telling Sam to pee outside near the tree, Sam appears to be digging a hole at the base of the tree. (The hole is clearly visible.) In the next scene when Bruce brings the flowered chair outside to train Sam, the hole is gone (though the scene is thought to be just a moment later).
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At the diner, Bruce declines the offer of soup, only to be served it (and part it) moments later.
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When Bruce has all the prayers arranged as e-mails, the screen says 'xx.xxx.xxx unread prayers', but when Bruce reads from the screen, he says 'xx.xxx.xxx new prayer requests.'
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When Bruce made Grace orgasm, she knocked the toilet roll off of the holder, but when we see her stood outside the bathroom door, it's clearly back on the holder.
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When Bruce hides the gun before the diner scene, a red SUV pulls into shot behind him. As he runs to the diner in the next shot, the red SUV has gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Bruce is drenched in the rain, his microphone is clearly visible beneath his blue shirt.
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When Bruce looks at himself in the mirror, Sam enters the room to pee on the couch. The shot changes to Bruce, then back to Sam. On the right side of the screen, you can see the hand of the dog trainer, pointing to where the dog should be looking.
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When Bruce and God are standing on the water, you can clearly see the platform Morgan Freeman is standing on.
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When Bruce Nolan plays Clint Eastwood and a shot is fired from nowhere, he is shocked and parks the car in front a diner. Right when he (Bruce Nolan) parks his car and before he sees himself in the rear view mirror, in the side shot, there is a middle aged man standing near the pole wearing a hat, shirt and shorts, clearly a camera man.
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When Bruce looks for God prior to the '7 at 7' meeting, Morgan Freeman Can clearly be see hiding behind a pillar, and from Bruce's entrance, Bruce would be able to see God already. It's only after Bruce looks up the ladder that God moves from behind the pillar.
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Errors in geography 

In the scene where Bruce is sent to Niagara Falls to report, he starts by saying that he is reporting from Niagara Falls, New York. The view is obviously from the Canadian side of the Falls.
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Before Bruce "edits" the night sky, many stars can be seen. In downtown Buffalo, it is rare to see any stars at all.
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Factual errors 

The Stanley Cup prop looks nothing like the real Stanley Cup.
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Grace is prompted to drive to the party when the dog throws her the car keys. However, the key is a Ford key, and her vehicle is a Chevy Blazer.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Bruce licks his finger and touches his hip, smoke comes out of his hip, but the smoke isn't reflected in the window next to him.
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When Bruce puts both feet on the railing to "pull in" the moon, the background around him shifts from side to side.
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Flipped Shot: Bruce's Hair is parted on his left. When he meets God during the the town riots, his hair is parted on the other side for a split second.
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When Bruce is in the diner, you can see the strings attached to the sugar and creamer when they move into his hands.
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When Bruce is at the chili cook-off and the meteor strikes, the smoke stops rising when Bruce runs toward it.
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When Bruce and God are talking standing on the water, God bends over and picks up the Rosary beads. You can see fishing line making a V-shaped line in the water going from the beads to the top of the frame.
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When Bruce is in the car and parts the traffic, the traffic control signal blinks faster while the cars are moving.
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When Bruce carries the urinating dog outside, there aren't any wet marks on the ground or on the floor where the dog is supposedly going on the chair.
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When Bruce gets out of his car, you can see the black outline of the gun in his hand before he holds it up.
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When Bruce is typing answers to the prayer emails, the contents of the prayers do not match the subject lines. For example, one prayer that has "RE: New Car" in the subject line is actually a request to find a lost cat.
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(at around 30 mins) As the file cabinet closes after God thumps it, the drawer closes, but oddly the files within don't move along, and the file "Doctor", for example, stays stationary along both shots.
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When Bruce Nolan plays Clint Eastwood, and a shot is fired, the street where he is driving is clearly daytime, indicating its not evening but almost around 3 p.m to 4 p.m., but when he parks his car and gets out, the shadows and sun disappears, indicating its around 6 to 7p.m.
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When Bruce arrives back at the warehouse to talk to God, who isn't there first, a shadow (not Bruce's) is clearly visible on a column in the second row. Most likely it's the shadow of Morgan Freeman hiding and waiting for his cue, because in the following shot, he appears right behind a column in the first row at the same height where the shadow was cast on the column in the second row.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

At the end, when Grace is hugging Bruce in the hospital bed, and Bruce notices he has the beads in his hands, Grace's eyes open and she mouths inaudible words, but in the next shot, her eyes are closed again.
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Continuity 

When Bruce and Grace are hugging in the hospital, God makes Grace's prayer beads appear in Bruce's hand, startling Bruce. Several seconds before this happens, the beads are clearly visible, sticking out below Bruce's right hand as he begins to hug Grace.
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Factual errors 

At the end of the film, Bruce is apparently going to donate blood. However, he has just come out of the hospital having had medical procedures and received the AB blood transfusion seen in the earlier scenes. Individuals who have been hospitalized recently, who have been in surgery recently and who have recently received blood are ineligible to donate blood themselves. The waiting period is 3 months.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the very end of the movie, Jack Jozefson morphs into Morgan Freeman. During the morph, the 'FRANKIES' sign behind him is garbled into 'NKINKIES.'
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