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Anachronisms 

Sean Tuohy uses Safari for Windows, which was not available until 2007.
In the office of the recruiting service when they guy hands Tom Lemming the DVD of Michael, if you look at the magazine that the DVD case is sitting on you will see a picture of Bryce Brown in the Army All-American game. Bryce didn't sign with Tennessee until 2009 which is when he graduated and the film is supposed to be set in 2003-2004.
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The car driven by Leigh Anne is a BMW 750LI. However, the BMW 750LI wasn't available until 2006, and the movie takes place in 2004. The '06- '08 models have a face-lift compared to the prior models.
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In the very beginning when Michael Oher's friend's dad is first driving him to Wingate, it must be late 2003 or early 2004. As they drive past the lemonade stand, a Volkswagen EOS is visible, which wasn't introduced until late 2005 as a 2006 model.
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Character error 

When coach Phil Fulmer finishes making his presentation to S. J. and Michael, he stands up and says C.J, instead of S.J.
The quote on the archway at the Christian School attended by Michael and S.J. is a misquote of Scripture. The second line ("With God all things are possible") is correct, but the first line should read "With Man this is impossible" not "With Man this is possible". The original context being Jesus' reply to his disciples when they realize how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, recorded in Matthew's gospel.
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They say Michael is in the 98th percentile for "protective instincts." However, this means he scored better the 98% of all the students who have taken this test, and not that he reached 98% of the total score as Leigh Anne says later.
Leigh Anne has access to Michael's student files. His social worker gives her confidential information about him. That wouldn't be allowed unless Leigh Anne had legal power of attorney.
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Michael's name is misspelled "Micheal" on an early test paper. On the very next test, his name is spelled correctly.
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(at around 25 mins) Answer "B" to question 6: "Which does not involve an oxidation process? reads: Using a "flaslight". Of course it should have been written: "flashlight".
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During the first game, after a play, the down marker is seen being changed from a 2 to a 1, meaning that that would have been the second play ran. The team scores two plays later, yet the coach says they scored in three plays, when in actuality it should have been four.
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Just before Big Mike comes to the Tuohy residence the first time, Sean asks Leigh Anne where they're going and she gestures forward while saying "Home." Sean's car made a U-turn to come back to Big Mike walking along the road, so driving forward would only lead them away from their home.
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Continuity 

After they make the U-turn to pick up Michael, Sean asks, "Where to?" Leigh Anne points straight-ahead and says, "home". Home would have been behind them; they would have had to make another U-turn.
At Thanksgiving dinner, while the family watches football, Leigh Anne Tuohy is in the kitchen with the food. Leigh is holding a glass of wine. In one shot, she starts to take a drink. In the next shot, the glass is nowhere near her lips.
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As Miss Sue tells Michael the scary story of where the body parts are stored at the University of Tennessee, her Ole Miss cup changes positions several times without being touched.
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At Thanksgiving when Leigh Anne tells the family to come eat the first clip shows Sean serving himself mashed potatoes and green beans then the clip switches and shows Sean reserving himself mashed potatoes but no green beans.
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During the first football game Michael plays in, the scoreboard is shown to read VISITOR, but later in the game it is shown to read GUEST.
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Leigh Anne wears a diamond cross throughout the movie. In some scenes, the cross changes from large to small diamonds between shots.
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When Sean talks to Michael about the poem, he is leaning on the counter. When the camera is focused on Miss Sue, he is standing.
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When Leigh Anne discovers that Michael is leaving after staying 1 night, she is wearing a skinny cross around her neck. When she walks outside to stop him, her necklace is the round cross. In the next scene, it switches back to the skinny cross.
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The morning following Michael's first stay at the Tuohy house, Leigh Anne puts on a gray sweater with a noticeably pointed collar. When she moves downstairs to look for Mike, the same gray sweater collar changes from a pointed collar to smooth rounded neckline.
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When the family takes the Christmas photo with Michael, he's smiling with his mouth closed and you hear the camera shutter. When you see the picture in the next scene, his teeth are fully visible.
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When Leigh Anne is having lunch with her friends and they are discussing Michael's appearance on the Touhys' Christmas card that year, the woman who says that Michael is a potential threat to Collins is wearing a large necklace made of gold medallions. The medallions change their positions as the camera angle changes back and forth from Leigh Ann's POV to the friend's POV. Sometimes they are lying across her throat in a flat position and at other times they are twisted slightly, changing back and forth from flat to twisted for no apparent reason.
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When Michael and the Tuohy family go out to celebrate Michael's acceptance into spring football, Leigh Anne's hairstyle changes from a pony tail to simply pinned back on either side.
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When Michael graduates from high school the necklace that Sandra Bullock is wearing changes location on her neck. When she first sits down it's off to her right, then centered and then in the last shot it's back off to the side.
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In the Thanksgiving scene Michael goes into the dining room. LeAnne looks in at him at the table, There is no tablecloth on the table. Next she turns off the TVs the rest of the family are watching and sets the table with the food. Now there is a table cloth on the table.
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Errors in geography 

The film is set in Tennessee but was filmed in Georgia. A Georgia lottery sign can be seen in a few scenes at one of the stores.
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Early in the movie, when Michael is riding in John Hamilton's car on their way from West Memphis to Wingate Christian School, a real estate sign with an area code 770 phone number can be seen through the car window. The phone number belongs to a real estate agent in the greater Atlanta area. (The phone number is 770-683-1800, which belongs to Josey Young & Brady Realty in Newnan, GA.)
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The story takes place in Memphis, TN. When Michael Oher is with the NCAA representative, you can see Maggiano's Italian Restaraunt in the background. There is no Maggiano's in Memphis.
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When Leigh Anne is taking Michael to get some clothes and pulls over, she stops next to a small hill covered in ivy. In the shots of Oher, a small tree is waving in front a field.
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The movie is set in Memphis TN. but in one scene of a city Bus, the logo on the Bus is MATA, which stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority. However, the bus system in Memphis is known as Memphis Area Transit Authority.
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Factual errors 

Michael and SJ want to buy a newly released football video game, but at that time, it is spring. The Madden NFL games are always released in August and their NCAA counterpart are released in July.
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In one scene, the TV shows Tennessee beating Clemson. The footage is doctored footage from the 2003 Peach Bowl, which Clemson won 27-14 and never trailed.
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The movie's introduction credits former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor with making the left tackle the second most important and highest paid position in the NFL after quarterback. That is an oversimplification, necessitated by the movie's focus on Michael Oher. The book divides its narrative evenly between the evolution of offensive tackles in the NFL and Oher's story. Among the top 10 highest paid players in 2008, only two were quarterbacks, and one, Flozell Adams, was a left tackle. As the NFL's first dominant blitzing linebacker, Taylor forced NFL coaches to adjust their formations, personnel, play calling, and schemes. However, left tackle was already a key position, and Taylor's impact went beyond one position. The right tackle position became just as critical to NFL teams due to a large number of superstar left-handed QBs, including Stephen Young and Mark Brunell. Oher started at right tackle during his 2009 rookie season for the Ravens, except when he filled in for injured left tackle Jared Gaither.
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When Michael's driver's license appears on-screen, his last name is printed before his first name. Tennessee driver's licenses show the driver's first, middle, and last names, in that order.
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On the History test paper, the question, "Where did the Battle of Waterloo take place?" has been answered (d) Germany, which has been ticked. This is incorrect, and the correct answer should have been (c) South of Brussels in Belgium.
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The Tuohys watch an Egg Bowl game (Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss) during the daytime. The game shown is the 2003 Egg Bowl at Mississippi State, as evidenced by Eli Manning as Ole Miss QB, Ole Miss wearing white "away" jerseys, Mississippi State's white helmets with maroon numbers (worn during the 2003 season finale), shots of fans in rain gear (the game was played in a downpour), and being televised by ESPN (who last televised the Egg Bowl in 2003). That game kicked off at 6:30 PM.
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When Michael is taken to Ole Miss on his first day they are all wearing jackets. This would have been in August. You would never need a jacket in Mississippi in August.
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In his first game, after the kickoff before their first play, you can see the scoreboard clock behind the team and the clock is running. Clocks don't restart after a kickoff until the next play has started.
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In one scene, the TV shows Tennessee beating Clemson. Tennessee is playing Alabama, not Clemson, as you can see by their helmets, and color of uniforms. Both Clemson and Tennessee wear orange. Alabama wears red.
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Miscellaneous 

When Leigh Anne is driving to the laundry mat at the end of the movie to see Mike. The image through the glass shows her driving on the wrong side of the car.
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During the 1st dinner together, Michael heads to the dining table and sits alone. Sandra looks at him and you instantly know she's about to close the TV and that's the whole beauty of the scene. A little too convenient and mood breaker to put the remote exactly at her arm length, despite the fact that 3 other people, including two men, are sitting on the couches 2 meters away watching the game.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Quinton Aaron, who played Michael Oher, is 6'8", but the real Michael Oher is 6'5". The 3 inches of "extra" size help the filmmakers dramatize (among other things) how out-of-place Oher looked at a school full of mostly average-sized white kids.
During Thanksgiving Dinner, the family is watching a football game with Ole Miss. There are very few college football games on Thanksgiving and Ole Miss did not play in one of them.

However, this game is the Egg Bowl, a match-up between in-state rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State, which was historically always played on Thanksgiving Day from 1901 through 2003. Beginning in 2004, the game was moved to the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. Leigh Anne Tuohy mentions in the movie that Michael was about to turn 18, which occurred in May 2004, so the game they were watching would have been on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 27 November 2003.
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Revealing mistakes 

In at least one closeup of Michael in his football uniform, his mouthpiece is hanging from his face mask upside-down compared to the way most players hang it (e.g. the guard would be facing down when he put it in his mouth instead of up). Also, the mouthpiece is clearly brand new and has not been shaped to fit Quinton Aaron's mouth.
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At the beginning of the scene when S.J. films Michael at football practice, an over-the-shoulder shot shows that the camcorder's screen is blank, indicating that the camera is off.
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When Leigh Anne invites Big Mike to stay for Thanksgiving dinner, all the trees in their yard are full of green leaves. In the following scenes when Leigh Ann takes Michael shopping, all the trees on the street and reflected in the windshield of her car have green leaves as in spring or summer. In Memphis in November, all of the trees would either be turned fall colors or would have already lost the majority of their leaves.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

After Michael and S.J. are in the accident, S.J's mother rushes over to the ambulance where he is waiting on a stretcher without a C collar on. If you are being transported to the hospital by ambulance after a car wreck, you are almost always immediately put in a C collar, in case of neck or spinal injury. Since he had struck the airbag AND had facial injuries, he would have been put in the C collar right away.
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