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Jump to: Boom mic visible (1) | Character error (1) | Continuity (5) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Factual errors (1) | Spoilers (4)

Boom mic visible 

There is a boom mic clearly visible in numerous scenes near the beginning of the movie - almost distracting, it is so visible, unless this has been corrected before DVD release.
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Character error 

Newspaper Auction Notice: Seized Property for Sale reads "2BR", yet the man showing the house says it has three bedrooms.
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Continuity 

When Behrani is shown working in the convenience store, the Snickers bar he is holding is alternately opened/unopened between shots. It seems clear from his entry in the ledger he keeps that he has only eaten one.
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The morning after Lester and Kathy arrive at the cabin, Kathy emerges from the front door and her long hair is tucked into the back of her shirt. A moment later, it is loose.
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When Behrani and Esmail are talking in Esmail's bedroom, the pillow shifts position from horizontally behind the lower lumbar part of Esmail's back, to standing vertically up to Esmail's shoulders, then back to the original horizontal position behind his back.
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During the scene where Carol gets out of her car and starts attacking Lester, she leaves the car door wide open. When Lester walks away, the door is closed, but no one ever closed it.
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Kathy spills a significant amount of gas at the station when filling the canister, however, when she drives off, there is only a very small amount on the ground.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The first time Kathy drives to the house, we see the view of her sitting in her car through the windshield. As the camera tracks around to the driver's door, the camera operator is reflected in the windshield near the rear view mirror.
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Factual errors 

The county may have the right to attach property to satisfy a business tax lien, but the process is nothing like in the movie. First, the lien is bought by an investor who is paid interest from repayment of the lien or sale of the property. This usually takes many months or years. If the property is sold, the money remaining after the lien is paid goes to the property owner or estate - it is certainly not kept by the county.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

After Esmail is shot, the police officer kicks the gun away twice.
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Continuity 

When Esmail turns to face the cops near the end, he has the pistol in his outstretched hands. There is a cut to the cops, then back to Esmail as they shoot him. When they shoot him, the gun is not in his hands, and when he hits the stairs after being shot the gun is already on the ground.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the hospital, when Behrani views Esmail's body. He kisses his dead son. As he does Esmail's eye flutters.

Revealing mistakes 

Towards the end of the movie when Behrani and his wife are lying dead on the bed, Behrani's eyes open/close repeatedly.
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