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17 Again (2009) Poster

(2009)

Goofs

Continuity 

At the beginning when the 1989 basketball team photo is being taken, Ned has his sweater on by one sleeve then at the next moment it's on by both sleeves, in the next shot only one sleeve is on.
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Anachronisms 

In 1989, a shot of the crowd shows a student in the front row wearing a pink and purple band t-shirt by the 21st-century band Paramore.
When 17 year old Mike is dancing with the cheerleaders in 1989, the coach calls him Vanilla Ice, who didn't make it big until 1990-1991.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

There is sound effect of the ball being dribbled when in fact Mike is only holding the ball deciding who to pass to. It was not, as previously assumed, a double dribble, but the wrong sound effect.
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Continuity 

When Mike and Ned are sitting in the kitchen, icing their injuries after beating each other up, Mike's wedding band switches hands several times.
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In the scene where Mike and Ned go to the principal's office to enroll in school, the principal's computer monitor switches from Dashboard widgets to the Flurry screen saver and back again.
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When Mark arrives for his first day at school in the sports car, he pulls into a space, parking almost on the parking space line. When he walks away from the car, it is shown properly parked and centered in the parking space.
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In the restaurant, after the "dork" admission, Principal Masterson has her hands clasped in front of her, yet when the shot changes she's holding a menu up.
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When 17 year old Mike and Alex are walking towards the table in the cafeteria, Mike has his glasses hanging from the top of his shirt, but when he sits down it has gone.
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While 17-year-old Mike and Alex are eating in the cafeteria and confronted by Stan, Stan's hairstyle changes repeatedly between shots.
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When Mark and Alex are eating in the cafeteria, Mark's hamburger moves from his hands to the tray to the table, to the tray with a bite taken out, and finally back to his hands.
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When Ned and the now 17-year-old Mike have the lightsaber battle, Ned falls to the floor. Mike starts with only one hand on the saber but then it cuts to Mike having both hands on the saber.
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During the party scene were Mike is trying to convince Alex to talk with the girl who Alex likes, Alex's collar flips up and down on the right side as the camera angles switch. Alex's collar would have been flipped up from Mike padding him on the upper back while they walk towards the girl.
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When Mike/Mark is shooting free-throws before the second big game there are seven balls on the rack including one on the top tier, after he talks to the coach there are only five with none on the rack and there hasn't been time or the sound of another shot.
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When Mark/Mike is comforting Maggie after Stan just broke up with her, the camera angle constantly switches in order for their faces to each be seen. When the camera is focused on Mike, Maggie's shirt is off of her shoulder, revealing her bra strap. When the camera is aimed toward Maggie's face her shirt is covering both of her shoulders.
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When young Mike lifts his wife while dancing with her in the yard the one turn changes from clockwise to counterclockwise several times before he puts her down when Alex gets there.
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As Scarlett calls Mark "a weirdo little man-child", the hand with which she is pointing at Mark changes twice between shots.
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When Mark is eating his nasty sandwich, the camera zooms to only his face; there are food crumbs on his upper lips. The it zooms out, and zooms back in. Now the crumbs are gone.
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When Ned comments on Mark's "douche-y" clothing in the hallway right after Mark is admitted to the high school, two students walk past (from right to left behind Mark) and sneer at his outfit. A moment later, the same two students walk by in the same direction, and this time the boy calls Mark a "douche".
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Before young Mike makes his sandwich, he takes a stick of some sort of food and easy cheese out of the fridge. The camera is behind Mike when he starts spraying the cheese but you can clearly see that the yellow wrapper is still on the food. The shot changes to face Mike as he finishes spraying the cheese but the food wrapper is gone. Later when the shot returns to Mike, the food is back in the wrapper.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In 1989, Scarlett is pregnant with Maggie, yet in the present-day scenes Maggie is only 17. Although the movie was released in 2009, if you pay attention in the scene where the students are sending the video of the fight to each other, one of the cell phones clearly shows a date of 2007 for the movie setting.
When back in 1989, Ned runs in late for the team picture wearing wizard robes and referencing a hippogriff, it may appear to be nod to Harry Potter (which was not published until 1997, and 1998 in America). However, the myth of hippogriffs is not a Harry Potter original, having been around for hundreds of years. Ned also makes reference to being "Dungeon Master", making it obvious he was playing Dungeons and Dragons, which has been around since the 1970s (hippogriffs included).
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In the scene on the morning after the big party, Ned and Mark (Mike) have a conversation and Mark (Mike) is wearing a red plaid shirt. In the very next scene, Mark (Mike) is wearing a blue shirt with a white undershirt. However, Mike tells Ned he needs his pants. If Ned had time to put his clothes on, Mike had time to change the shirt.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Mike assists his wife with the shopping from the back of the car he runs his finger down the side doors. Two more finger lines are noticeable, suggesting previous takes.
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At the big game in 1989, Mike throws a basketball over his shoulder (as he walks off the court to go after Scarlett). The camera pans down to show it bouncing vertically on the spot, but a real ball would be bouncing further and further away.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the movie at the part in the divorce court, Mark/Mike looks down at his paper several times and his eyes move across the page (indicating that he's reading) but when Scarlet goes to get the "letter" only an address is on it. This was simply done to give the impression that he was actually reading the letter, otherwise the judge would have noticed that he wasn't reading the letter and have him kicked out.

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