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(2008)

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When Hancock picks up the police cruiser to protect the downed female officer, the car has no transmission or drive shaft.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the opening scenes, Hancock drinks Seagram's 7 whiskey from a 1.75 liter bottle. The bottles shown are obviously plastic, but when they roll on the ground, or are shattered, they sound like glass.
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Character error 

In the YouTube video of Walter the whale, Ray calls Walter a gray whale. Walter is clearly a humpback whale.
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When Hancock is shot inside the convenience store, he is shot one time in the abdomen. The TV News report says he had been shot multiple times.
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Continuity 

When Hancock throws Ray's car into the other cars and stops the train, Ray's windshield cracks. When Hancock drags the car into the driveway a few minutes later, the windshield is intact.
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Hancock talks to Mary while eating a banana, which changes from eaten to uneaten, and back again.
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Ray picks up a tri-colored towel, then opens a jar with a green and gold towel.
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When Hancock first arrives at Ray's house, the amount of spaghetti and meatballs in the bowl changes between shots.
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After impaling the SUV on the Capitol Records Building spire, Hancock is drinking in a bar. In close-ups he holds a bottle of beer in his left hand. In long shots, the bottle is in his right hand.
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When Ray is waiting in traffic on the train tracks, he talks on a cell phone at his left ear, then ends the conversation. In a later long shot, the phone is still at his left ear.
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In the Youtube scene, the full screen shots of the Youtube clip show the Youtube logo in bottom right corner of the clip. In wide shots, the logo is in the bottom left corner.
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When the train comes to a halt, the freight car behind the locomotive is a gondola. When Hancock walks around the locomotive and sees the rest of the train piling up behind it, the gondola is now a boxcar.
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When the SUV is fleeing the police, it turns a corner and crashes into the side of a car. In the next scene, the side of the SUV has no damage.
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When Ray is lying on the bed drunk, talking to Hancock, he asks Hancock to help him up. In the first shot, they grab each other's forearms for leverage. In the following shot, they use their hands.
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When Mary takes the fork from Hancock to straighten it out, the fork is straight a fraction of a second before she moves her hand over it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Monitors are reflected in Hancock's glasses throughout the movie.
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Errors in geography 

Ray holds a cup from Dunkin' Donuts, which has no stores near Los Angeles.

Factual errors 

When Hancock stopped the train, the impact speed should've seriously injured or killed the locomotive engineer.
During the shootout outside the bank, the bullet holes in the police cruisers are dented in, as if they were fired from the side of the car the officers are hiding on. If the bullets were coming from the other side, the holes should be bent outward.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the people are running away from the tornadoes, suddenly a strange character runs from the left to the right of the screen. The character is twice as tall as everyone else, and looks like a robot or an alien. It may be a street performer, on stilts and in costume.
After Ray meets Hancock for the first time, when the camera follows Ray and Mary's dog across the bedroom, what appears to be a crew member pushing the dog from behind the dresser is actually the shadow of the dog's tail on the wall. However, the dog is clearly watching something or someone behind the bed for a signal.
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When Hancock throws Michel into the air, then catches him, the car in the background, which is hit by the refrigerator later, is already damaged. Only the windows are broken, and that could've been caused by flying pieces of asphalt or the concussion of Hancock's landing.
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When Ray is on the train tracks, his seat belt is stuck. After Hancock flips the car, Ray is laying on the inside of the roof, with the seat belt undone. A seat belt is harder to unlatch when it has tension on it, as would be the case when hanging upside-down. Ray could have a car safety hammer, a small tool that can cut a seat belt.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Hancock and Ray are talking through the glass in prison, the cutout Hancock is about to make in the glass is clearly visible, especially running across Ray's right cheek.
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The size of the rolling pin Hancock uses to bash Mary over the head changes length between the counter top and striking range. In fact, the rolling pin seems to grow when Hancock holds it.
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Hancock first appears, in a drunken stupor, on a bus bench that faces away from the street, instead of toward the street, where passengers would normally approach and board buses.
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When Ray is about to be hit by the train, long shots show his car on the tracks. Shots from inside the car show that the car isn't on the tracks.
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When Hancock leaves the bank the hostages are waiting and standing behind the broken windows. They wait until Hancock walks out before they start running.
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During the car chase, Hancock breaks a bottle behind a suspect's car. In next shot, he holds a different, obviously fake broken bottle.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

The date on Hancock's Frankenstein movie ticket reads June 21, 1931. The movie was released November 4, 1931.

Character error 

The TV news announcer states that Hancock has been taken to "Los Angeles General Hospital." In the following scene, an exterior shot of the hospital shows the name "Mercy General Hospital".
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Continuity 

In the theatrical version, Mary flies to Hancock's trailer. After Mary gets out of the trailer, the top of her SUV is visible, and Mary begins to get into it. In the next shot, Mary and Hancock stand in front of each other, and the car is gone. In the DVD version, Mary drives to Hancock's trailer.
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When Mary is in the hospital bed, just after being shot, the blood stain on her shirt changes between shots.
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Factual errors 

Michel shouldn't have survived Hancock tossing him into the air. To throw Michel that high up, Hancock would have to use enough force to cause him massive internal injuries. The same thing would happen when Hancock catches Michel.
A flash explosion would not trigger a fire sprinkler. If it did, it wouldn't trigger every sprinkler in the hallway. Furthermore, modern sprinkler systems are connected to the building's fire alarm, which would've sounded.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the latter part of the movie, Hancock talks to Mary about the way they kissed. In the theatrical version, Mary threw him through the wall before their lips touched. The kiss is restored in the DVD version.
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When Mary reveals her powers, she says she and Hancock are brother and sister. They're regarded as husband and wife for the rest of the movie. The movie is hinting that Hancock and Mary are Zeus and Hera. In Greek mythology, Zeus and Hera were husband and wife, as well as brother and sister.
Even though both Hancock and Mary take damage throughout the movie, their clothes seem to be fine. In comics and cartoons, superheroes' protective abilities often include clothing and other items close by. Since both of them are invulnerable, it makes sense that the directors would apply that effect to prevent full nudity.
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Hancock and Mary are invulnerable to knives, yet they have pierced ears. They could've had them pierced in the past, at a time when they were together, and therefore mortal.
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According to the movie's premise, Hancock and Mary become mortal and weak when they are close to each other. However, the weakness happens over time, as they spend more time together. That explains why Hancock was unfazed when Mary threw him through the wall, and why Mary was unharmed when Hancock attempted to stab her in the kitchen.
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When Mary regained consciousness as Hancock distanced himself, she would've regained her gag reflex and choked on an endotracheal tube being used to maintain her airway. The device in her mouth was a Guedel or laryngeal airway, a much shorter tube that can be used in semi-conscious people to prevent tongue-swallowing.
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Revealing mistakes 

Near the end of the movie, when Mary is dying, the monitor has a label at the top of the screen that says 'leads off,' meaning the monitor isn't hooked up to her.
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When Hancock is dying, the paramedic shines a flashlight into Hancock's eyes. The assumption is that Hancock is unconscious, so his pupils should've been dilated. However, Hancock's pupils are fully contracted.
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