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Man of the Year (2006) Poster

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Character error 

Tom Dobbs says: "NASA spent 28 Million dollars creating the pen that would write upside down in space. Did you know that? The Russians, how ever, were able to solve this problem with a five-cent pencil! Writes right side up, writes up-side down. After five quarts of vodka, is still writing!" In reality, pencils were originally used by the American and Russian space programs but were discarded because they were impractical for usage in outer space: The wooden barrel is flammable, and the graphite dust generated conducts electricity.
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When President-Elect Dobbs addresses Congress in costume, he begins by saying "Thank you Mr. Chairman". There is no Chairman in Congress. He should have said Mr. Speaker.
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At one point, Dobbs makes a joke that if Mama Cass had given Karen Carpenter her sandwich, both of them would be alive. Mama Cass died of a heart attack, not, as is commonly believed, by choking on a sandwich.
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In the Laundromat, there is a sign in the background indicating no rollerskating, etc... Rollerskating is spelled "rollerscating". In fact this same sign also has the word "Strictly" spelled as "Stricly"
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In the paintball scene, at least one player does not have a hopper on his or her gun, and is therefore shooting blanks.
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Continuity 

When the people who break into Eleanor's motel room are in it, her door changes from being open to being closed and then open again.
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Dobbs has wedding ring shown in scenes prior to marrying.
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During the heavy snow scenes, only the cars in close-ups appeared to be using their windshield wipers.
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When Eleanor is in her hotel room, "Wheel Of Fortune" is playing on her TV, you can hear the contestant say, she wants the letter "S", the host then says "Yeah, there are two of them" and then when there is a close up of the TV, you can clearly see there are three S's on the board.
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The board on The Wheel of Fortune game changes. In the first shot, we only have two words. In the third viewing we now have an extra space on the bottom creating a one letter word, and the top left box has been mysteriously filled in with a 'C'.
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After Eleanor gets change for her dollar, we see her take the change, but when she walks out of the room back towards the machine, she is holding a dollar bill again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the scene where Eleanor leaves her bathroom before she is assaulted, the camera can be seen in the tiles on the left, just before she turns the lights out.
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While Eleanor is standing at the vending machine at the motel, a black car drives by from right to left. The camera is visible in the reflection off the side of the car.
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Errors in geography 

The movie is supposed to take place in Washington, yet it is quite clear at several parts of the film that the actual filming location is Toronto. This includes the obvious glass ceiling of the BCE Place and the road signs while the characters are driving.
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There would be no locations along any limited access highway in the Washington, DC area where one could park his car along the shoulder and use a payphone next to a lane of travel.
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Factual errors 

When President Elect Dobbs leaves his dressing room to perform on Saturday Night Live, no secret service agents are guarding his door, nor do any follow him to the stage set.
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In the movie, Delacroy wins the national contract to supply all voting machines for the upcoming election. This would be impossible, as all conditions for national elections are determined by each state, and not on a national level.
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Immediately after the election, Secret Service members refer to Dobbs as "Mr. President," instead of the proper "Mr. President-Elect."
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Since both the President and Vice President were elected by the same computer glitch, the President would have to be elected by the House of Representatives and the Vice-President by the Senate.
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President-Elect Dobbs us appearing to be choosing his Vice President after the election. Vice Presidential candidates are on the ballot along with the Presidential candidates.
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During the Saturday Night Live taping, the SNL cameras on screen appear to be recording in standard 4:3 aspect ratio, per the blue lines around the monitors on the cameras, whereas SNL is always recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio, as appear on the crew monitors on the set.
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The character of Dobbs is given a piece to say about NASA spending a huge amount of money developing a pen that would work under weightlessness, whilst the Russians simply used a pencil. This is an urban myth. NASA had nothing to do with the development of the pen - which also works underwater. It was produced quite independently by the Fisher company. The story also overlooks the fact that pencils are a potential fire hazard and that pencil shavings are also a hazard. Also that the Russians used pencils because they were *unable* to develop a pen that would work under weightlessness. When it came to the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project - the first international manned spaceflight - Russian mission commander Alexei Leonov arranged for the cosmonaut corps to purchase a stock of the pens and refills, and ensured that they were given the same 20% discount as NASA.
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When Dobbs in a guest on SNL, the studio TV camera viewfinders show a 4:3 aspect ratio, yet the studio floor monitors (used by the studio crew to watch the output) are 16:9 aspect ratio. If the studio TV cameras are shooting 4:3, then the studio floor monitors would also be 4:3.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Eleanor goes to the vending machine to get a soda and it will not take her dollar so she goes to the hotel clerk for change. Eleanor takes a one and a five dollar bill from her wallet, handing the clerk the five instead of the one. This explains why when she is seen exiting, she is carrying one dollar bills.
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When Dobbs uses the new computer to cast his vote, the screen gives him four choices of language: English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Although the language choices should be displayed in the native language rather than in English, many such devices often do not respect that convention and this could be another indication of bad Delacroy programming.
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Plot holes 

When the voting machine is shown in action, it shows the votes for each candidate and then calculates the winner. However, since the vote count can be seen, there is no need to calculate a winner. Also, a person could tell which vote count is higher and would not believe the calculations.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the group is playing paintball, at least one of the players doesn't have a hopper on their gun.
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Spoilers

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Errors in geography 

When the Delacroy hit man is calling in Eleanor's position during the snowstorm, he refers to Route 173. There is no such road in the Washington DC area.
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Factual errors 

The Constitution does not have provisions for a second presidential election. If the candidate who wins the presidency drops out before the inauguration, the VP-elect would take his place. If the election is found corrupt, then the House would vote.
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