We learn at the beginning that Brennan is 39. Later, during a bedroom scene with Dale and Nancy, we learn that Brennan was 17 when his brother, Derek, won a talent show by lip-synching "Ice Ice Baby." If the movie takes place in 2008, then the talent show was in 1986. "Ice Ice Baby" was released in 1990.
During the Catalina Wine Mixer, the band Uptown Girl responds to a drunken party-goer's request that "We Didn't Start the Fire" be performed by saying that they play strictly '80s Joel Music. "We Didn't Start the Fire" came out in 1989 and was a No. 1 hit in the U.S. so it should be in their play list.
When Brennan is showing Dale how good a singer he is, a samurai sword is on the floor between them. When Brennan stops singing and stands up, the camera angle changes. When it goes back to Dale, the sword is gone.
During the first schoolyard showdown, we see the 3 main antagonists, 2 boys and a girl, walking towards Brennan and Dale. As they approach, the girl is on the left, but when they arrive to confront the step-brothers, the girl is now to the right of the boys.
Brennan is in Randy's office asking to be given the task of the Catalina Wine Mixer. Derek comes in and says to Randy, "Did you tell him the deal?", obviously making it clear he already knew that Brennan was given the job. However, after hearing Brennan out, Derek then decides to give Brennan the job. (In the DVD extras, this goof is explained because an alternate take (entitled "Catalina Heart Attack") shows Randy giving the job to Brennan without Brennan needing to ask for it, or repeat his request to Derek. Then Derek comes in and says the same line.)
When Brennan is showing Dale the samurai sword with Randy Jackson's autograph hiss hands change position between shots. When Brennan is facing the camera he has both hands on it. During the shot over his shoulder he only has one hand on the sword.
When Dale and Brennan are throwing Christmas presents while sleepwalking, only two smaller boxes land on the top of the bed. When they come back for round two, there are several larger presents stacked up at the foot of the bed.
From the time when Brennan is hiding in the tree-house during dinner to when Robert is consoling Brennan after the bunk beds collapse, Brennan's shirt changes throughout the scenes between a solid, light blue shirt to a striped blue and white shirt. This is most noticeable during the bunk-bed building scene and when Robert is consoling Brennan.
In the scene where Brendan and Dale ask their parents for permission to build a bunk bed, there is a wide shot of the room showing everybody, and in this Robert's hand are by his side. In the next shot of Robert and Nancy, Robert's right hand is on his laptop.
After the sporting goods manager sarcastically hires Dale and Brennan he has his hands crossed when Dale begins to fart then in the next shot his fingers are on his desk and a few shots later his hands are again crossed.
When Derrick is talking to Robert about selling the house and Nancy is by the sink/dishwasher, you can see Derrick's wife standing by the microwave, holding her glass of wine. Then they cut to Nancy talking to them, you can see the microwave, there's no one there. They cut back again to the guys, she's standing there again, and then back to Nancy and now Derrick's wife is standing by the dishwasher.
After the drive home following the Prestige Worldwide presentation, the boys burst into the house. A crew member in black clothing, trying to stay out of the shot, is reflected in a mirror beside the main entry door.
When Derek comes over for Christmas dinner, he mentions that he was driving around with his buddy in a "brand-new" Testarossa. Ferrari stopped production of their Testarossa sports car in 1996, so Derek could not possibly be driving a brand new one.
At the Catalina Wine Mixer, Dale plays Boats n' Hoes. WHile he is on stage, Brennan is still talking to Robert. IN one shot though, Brennan is talking to Robert, and no one is at the drum set, but Boats n' Hoes is still playing and Dale is still singing.
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When Brennan is singing at the Wine Mixer, he holds a note that shatters the glass helicopter sculpture. At the end of the song, when his mom and stepdad are smiling, the sculpture is intact in the background.