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Raising Helen (2004) Poster

(2004)

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Continuity 

When Helen stops at the magazine stand and sees Tinka on the front of the magazine, her bag moves from her shoulder to her arm depending on which camera angle it is taken from.
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Character error 

When Nilma introduces herself, she introduces herself as Nilma Prasad, and when Helen is looking for a new job, she refers her to her husband Ravi. However, when Helen shows up on the used car lot, she asks for a Ravi Patel instead of a Ravi Prasad.
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Pastor Dan at the Lutheran school agrees that "heaven, hell, purgatory, everything" (paraphrased) is part of Lutheran (a protestant denomination) belief, but purgatory is particular to Catholicism, and one of the larger points of difference between Catholic and Protestant churches.
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Continuity 

Audrey's hair alternates between messy and straight between shots.
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Helen takes the hair stick out of her mouth twice when she is getting ready to go to the club at the beginning of the film.
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At Lindsay's birthday Jenny's daughter, Jasmine, has a broken arm. During the scene at the Davis house (after the funeral) a woman is talking to Jasmine and Oliver, her arm is not broken. But it is again in the next scene.
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At the fashion show, Paris Hilton is seen arriving and sitting down in the section of seats next to where Helen and the kids are. Later, when Sarah sees Paris's dog, she is sitting across the catwalk.
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When Jenny confronts BZ in the hotel room, the hand she points at him changes between shots.
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In the beginning of the film when the sisters are in the kitchen there is a pot on the stove with something clearly visible and when they cut back it is gone.
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When Helen goes to the church to meet Pastor Dan before going to the hockey game, the cleaning lady stops vacuuming and walks away twice - once when Helen walks up the first time, and again when Pastor Dan sees her and she turns and trips.
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When Helen is in her kitchen you can see Henry's picture on the wall with a basketball, the next see you see a picture of Sarah above it.
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Helen is at the newsagent's and is happy for Tinka's success. Her bag falls from her shoulder to the forearm, but in the next shot the bag is back on the shoulder. In the next shot, the bag is back on the forearm.
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When Helen discovers the children in the closet, the mirror reflects them sitting along a wall with no hanging clothes above them (just a hat on the wall). When she goes inside, we see them huddled low under hanging clothes.
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In the final scene, the ship "Miss New York" is docked in one shot. In the next wide shot the ship can be seen leaving port. In a third, seconds-later wide shot, the ship is again seen passing the same point on its departure.
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When Sarah crawls across the catwalk, her stuffed animal goes flying to the other side. Yet in the next cut someone hands her the stuffed animal and it is on the same side that she's on.
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In the post funeral scene where neighbors are delivering food, Helen accepts a cake then shifts it to her left hand to accept a casserole. The next neighbor holds out another casserole and Helen shifts the first casserole to her left hand which is now empty. When she takes them to the kitchen the cake is on the counter stacked atop another cake.
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Factual errors 

St Barbara was an early Christian martyr. There never would be a "Saint Barbara Lutheran School" (or church, for that matter). The only saints Lutherans venerate would be characters in the New Testament, like St Paul, St John etc (original disciples).
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Revealing mistakes 

When Henry and Sarah are fighting over which bed they get, you can see Sarah mouthing Henry's lines as he's saying them.
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When all the children and Helen are talking at the table, Sarah's hands move between shots.
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