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Continuity 

When Connor first drives the Cadillac through the windows and down the hill the front right fender is dented, but a few seconds later there is no dent any more.
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Anachronisms 

Regarding the smoke from the Cadillac's front tires, the car is a Cadillac Eldorado somewhere between a 1971 and 1978. Beginning with the 1967 model year, all Eldorados were front wheel drive. They shared the same drive train as their sister, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
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Character error 

Melanie compares Connor to the Tin Man of The Wizard of Oz, saying he was born without a heart, implying that this was the Tin Man's condition. However, the Tin Man's backstory (revealed in the book but not the film) explains that he was once an ordinary human, who had to be rebuilt as a "heartless" Tin Man after his body was destroyed in an industrial accident.
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During the initial scene where Sergeant Major Volkom meets Connor Mead, Volom complains there were never any films made about the Korean War. This is incorrect. There were numerous films made, including a major Korean-made film released in the USA. (Four American-made Korean War films were Pork Chop Hill staring Gregory Peck, The Steel Helmet staring Gene Evans, Fixed Bayonets! starring Richard Basehart and Gene Evans, and MASH with Donald Sutherland, both the inspiration for M*A*S*H and based on a book written by an in-theater MASH doctor. The major Korean-made film released in the USA was Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War. As a veteran of the Korean War, Sergeant Major Volkom would certainly have been aware of at least the first film, "Pork Chop Hill" (1959). As an actor who has been in the business since 1962, Robert Forster himself may even have been aware of the Gregory Peck film.) He also states the war "lost more men than 'Nam." Actually, it was around 2,000 less.
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During rehearsal, when the bride and groom are facing each other, they're told by Sergeant Volkom to turn 180 degrees. They do however turn 90 degrees, facing the room (as they should). Had they in fact turned 180 degrees they would of course be standing back to back instead.
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Sergeant Major is supposed to be a Marine Staff Non-Commissioned officer, but uses the Army's "Hooah" response, rather than the Marines' "Oorah" (equivalent to Navy's "Hooyah"). Similarly, his nickname "Sarge" is an Army or Air Force term, Marines are very insulted by it.
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Continuity 

While Jennifer Garner is dancing with Daniel Sunjata she is wearing closed shoes but runs to the kitchen when she hears a commotion. She then appears in the kitchen wearing strap sandals.
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During Connor's speech, Sandra's makeup is messed up with black smudges under her eyes, but when the camera angle changes, the smudges are gone.
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When Conner meets Vonda, he orders them both a drink. As they talk, his glass is noticeably empty sitting on the bar, but a moment later he takes a drink and the glass is full again.
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When Connor and Jenny are cleaning up the cake mess, Jenny is at one moment holding the bride, but the camera angle changes and she is suddenly holding the groom.
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When Jenny is trying to piece the cake back together while talking to Brad, the amount of frosting on her fingers changes during shots. Sometimes they are completely covered, and other times there is hardly any frosting on them.
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When we see Jenny sitting on the swing, she should have left some footprints as she walked through the snow.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Connor chases after Sarge and the girls down the hill in the gold Cadillac, a wireless earpiece can be seen in Connor's left ear.
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Factual errors 

If Sarge fought in Korea, even assuming he was barely 18, he would be about 80 years old in 2009, more like the grandfather of the bride. Instead he looks like he's in his early fifties, so maybe he was born around the time of the Korean War, but not old enough to have fought in it.
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The subtitles represent the Olympic archer's name as Kako. This common Japanese name is in fact spelled Keiko.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Connor goes to his prom dance we can hear "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats setting the action after 1982. After the prom, Connor goes to with his uncle to a place where we can hear "Get Down Tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band (released in 1975). Approximately two years later, Connor says "I got the new Poison," and shortly thereafter, "Nothin' But a Good Time" (released in May 1988) begins playing. Therefore we can assume that the dance was in 1986 and there were no anachronisms present.
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Nadja/Nadia is not strictly a Russian girl's name, but is common in many countries throughout the world. Famous Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who shares a nationality with the Nadja in this movie.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Conner's iPhone rings during the rehearsal dinner, he answers it and talks, but it's upside down during the entire conversation.
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When young Connor and Jenny are shown together in 1982, he says his parents died a year later. However, later in the movie his brother says Connor was 7 when his parents died which would have made he and Jenny 6 when they were on the swing and she gave him the camera. The actors are clearly much older than 6. Maybe 11 or 12.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Connor locks the girls in the Ford Expedition. They seem to forget that they can still unlock the doors from the inside.
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Continuity 

When Conner crashes his uncle's Cadillac, it is seen going in to the lake. Later in the scene, it is seen parked in front of the lake.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Connor tries to break up future Brad and future Jenny's wedding, he passes through them like a ghost, but his foot catches the priest's robes and makes them move.
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Revealing mistakes 

While Conner is taking pictures at the wedding we see the flash on the subjects in the scene, but there is no flash on the camera and no remote flash units are seen anywhere in the room.
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