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The Benchwarmers (2006) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Reggie Jackson was born in 1946. For he and Mel to have been tuba camp together, it would have to have happened in the early 1960's. The photo depicts hairstyles and clothing more suited for the 1970's. Also, this would make Mel a person who should be in his late 50's or just turning 60. His character is far young then that in the film.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Near the end of the film when the Ms. Pac Man game is shown, the sound of the Ms. Pac Man machine is incorrect. The sounds it is making are from a Pac Man game. This is especially noticeable during Ms. Pac Man's demise.
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When the 3 men first pull up to Mel's house, David Spade makes reference to Clay Aiken but that was dubbed over a word that starts with B.
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Boom mic visible 

As Clark jumps into the bushes during the first doorbell ditch, you can see a boom mic reflecting in the window.
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Character error 

When Nelson is lying in the middle of the baseball field after getting the 'beef stew', he starts to get up, but once Gus and Clark reach him in the next shot he is still lying on the ground.
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Number 7 says Mel's last name is Carmichael but Mel says to that his last name is Schmegmer.
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Mel says the tournament will be a round robin tournament, yet when it starts it is single elimination. Round robin means you play everyone.
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Howie is said to have agoraphobia, which is a fear of open or public places. However, Howie shows more symptoms of heliophobia, which is fear of sunlight.
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Continuity 

In the first tournament game, when Gus is saying he needs to get the other guys involved more, the black kid who almost gets the grand slam at the end of the game is up. When Gus turns around to pitch, the boy has changed to a different boy.
During game 1 of the tournament, the sky repeatedly changes from day to night.
After beating the kids on the field, the team goes back to Richie's place. When Gus says, "In the meantime, you know the best part about winning a baseball game?" Richie sets down his can. In the next shot, the can is back in his other hand.
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When Gus hits a home run, the ball goes flying and hits the man with Brad in the swimming pool. His nachos go flying and the tray lands between his legs. In the next frame he picks up the tray from his left side.
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In the game against Waynes Hardware, they send Howie to hit the ball. The girl gives him a bat and he holds it upside down. The camera then changes to Carlos' drunk point of view, and we see Howie holding the bat up on his shoulder. In the next frame, he was holding the bat in front of him pointing it down and swinging it around.
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When the Benchwarmers are looking at K.I.T.T., Clark is standing looking at the car. In the next shot (the camera looking in through the window of the car.) Jon Heder's hands are clearly seen on the edge of the open window and in the next shot he's standing there like he was before.
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The hand guard on Howie's (plastic) sword is gold-colored; when he is lifted into the air after winning the game against Wayne's Hardware, the hand guard is silver.
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When Jerry is introducing Carlos, in a certain shot the arm he is holding the beer bottle in is relaxed and at his side; in the next shot, he is holding up the bottle (just about) parallel to his chest.
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Right before they notice K.I.T.T., in the background there's a brunette lady wearing a pink top and white bottoms. She had already walked out of the pizza place. Then, you see her walk out of the pizza place again even though she was already outside moments before
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When Clark, Gus and Ritchie are in Mel's house for the first time and they sit down to have sandwiches, notice how only Mel, Clark and Ritchie order sandwiches, yet soon after (when Mel says 'Gentlemen, it is time we brought this cause into the public eye') it appears that Gus has a sandwich in front of him that he hadn't actually ordered. Not much later in that scene, one of the shots shows the table in front of Gus and the sandwich isn't there again. When they all get up to look at the 'prize', you can see clearly that the sandwich is there again.
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Nelson is standing next to Mel when Clark, Gus, and Richie first go to his house. After the "something" is cleaned off his face, there is a shot of Mel with his hands on the table, then an over-the-shoulder shot of Nelson, where you see Mel's hand around Nelson's shoulders, then it cuts back to Mel's hands in front of him again. There is not enough time for him to move that quickly.
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During their very first game against Jerry's team, when Ritchie is catching he is clearly seen sitting on a bucket. But after Gus' first pitch, the bucket is gone.
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During one of the away games Number 7 (the robot) is delivering newspapers a couple scenes later he is in the dugout.
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At the beginning of the movie, the establishing shot shows the 3 kids playing baseball on the field and then moves in on Gus' truck pulling up to a house, where we see a lady pushing a stroller past the truck. The next shot is a medium shot of Gus getting things out of the back of his truck, and cuts to the kids playing as he looks at them. When it cuts back to the medium shot of Gus by his truck you can see the same lady walk past the truck again.
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When Gus, Richie and Clark are at Mel's house, Clark says "But, why would any of these teams agree to play us?". Right after he says this, in the bottom right of the screen you can see Gus picking up 1 of 3 juice boxes. These were not there in the previous shot and they disappear in the next shot.
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After being hit with the hot Potato, Number seven accidentally runs over the dog, shaving one side of the dog. Before the camera pans to the wide shot, the front wheels of number 7 are touching the dog. However, once the camera pans to the wide shot, number 7's wheels are further away from the dog then they had been in the previous shot.
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when Marcus is hiding in his 'castle,' he is seen through the window of his tower and then closes the windows of the tower. In the next shot, we are viewing his reactions through the open windows of the tower.
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During the championship game, The Benchwarmers are losing 9-0 in the first inning. On the scoreboard it says they have 9 errors which is probably true, but later in the game when the scoreboard is shown they have zero errors.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Mel and the construction crew are in the field discussing the plans for the new stadium, a fly lands directly on the camera lens (it's in the upper right-hand corner of the screen).
The lighting backdrop can be seen in the reflection of Shmegmer's Darth Vader door greeter.
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At the scene of the final tournament, where the camera is facing the water slide, you can see the Goth people's shadows behind the slide.
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In the part where Gus, Richie, and Clark are in Schmeglers house they run to their seats. When Richie and Clark go to their seats they pick the second and third chair from the end and when they sit down you can see a hand pull the first chair away. In the next scene the first chair is missing.
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Factual errors 

In their very first game, Gus says that the score is 17 to nothing. This should not be possible. Richie and Clark are first to bat, and each get 1 out. Then Gus is up and scores a run. Richie or Clark have to be up to bat after Gus, so they would score the third out, therefore causing the end of the inning. In innings 3, 5, 7, & 9 Gus would get two at bats. Assuming the game is 9 innings and the Benchwarmers are the visiting team and assuming neither Richie nor Clark reach base the most runs they could score would be 13.
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Throughout the movie the kids are watching the game via the Internet. They are using Netzero dial up but are watching the game at Broadband speed.
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Mel says the ballpark builders have 24 hours to build the ballpark. This is impossible because it would take over 24 hours to lay the cement and let it dry, let alone build the rest of the park including the pool and slide, which would take several days to finish by itself.
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In the credits, Gorf is mistakenly referenced as Centipede.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After the opposing team in the finals of the tournament let Nelson get a hit, when rounding third base, he does not touch it on his way to home plate. Because of this, the home run should not have counted. However, in order for the base runner to be called out, the opposing team must challenge the play. The proper procedure would be before throwing the next pitch, throw the ball to the base that was missed. Then announcing to the umpire that the base runner failed to touch the base. If this is not done before the next pitch then the base runner is safe.
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Plot holes 

When Ritchie, Clark and Gus are leaving Pizza Hut, Mel and Nelson appear to be getting out of K.I.T.T. But Mel makes a comment on what Gus had said to Jerry inside of the restaurant.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Howie races back into the house after retrieving the cookies, he runs in his closet and pulls the cord on his door to close it. For a split second, you can see the string snap off the door and the door does not get closed all the way.
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