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Mary and Max (2009) Poster

(2009)

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Anachronisms 

The eagle head logo shown on the U.S. mail box came into use in 1993. Before that (i.e. during the time in which this movie is set), the full eagle logo was used.
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After Max is admitted to the mental hospital, one of the medications he is prescribed is Zoloft. However, Zoloft was not introduced to the American market until 1991.
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When Mary is imagining what life is like in America, she imagines a can of "Yanky Cola"; however, the can has a retained ring pull, which wasn't first used until 1977.
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Character error 

When Mary has the printing run of her study of Asperger's Syndrome destroyed because of Max's disapproval, the local paper headlines "Local Academic Pulps Novel and Career." Her book, however, was a non-fiction, academic study rather than a novel, which is by definition fictional.
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Continuity 

When Mary looks through the phone book in the post office, the name reads M J A Horowitz. When she writes the first letter, she writes to M J Horowitz. However, when she mails the first letter, the name on the envelope she posts is "Max Horowitz".
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When Mary sees all of her letters on Max's wall, there are letters which are exact duplicates of others.
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During the first letter Mary writes to Max, she is left-handed. When she's writing all the other letters, she is right-handed.
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Errors in geography 

Part of the movie is set in Australia and part of the movie is set in New York, however, the cars always drive on the left side of the road, even the scene in New York.
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When the story about the character (Max's upstairs neighbor's friend) who buys a Ferrari is told, the car is shown as having right-hand drive. It's extremely unlikely someone in the US would buy a right-hand drive Ferrari, although of course that would be common in Australia where the movie was made.
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In the U.S., a can with the label "tinned spaghetti" is shown. While this wording would be used in Australia, it is rather unlikely in the U.S., where "canned spaghetti" would be the preferred term.
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Factual errors 

When Max is seen in court the judge is seen to be wearing a old powdered wig, back dropped by an American flag. This wig however identifies a magistrate operating in a court in a country that is part of the British Commonwealth (such as Australia, Canada, Britain, etc) and is not worn by American judges.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Max is in the hospital, the sign over his bed says "Nil By Mouth," a medical instruction which, while routine in Commonwealth nations, is unknown in the US.
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While Max is typing on the typewriter, many times the carriage moves in opposite directions. But while typing the carriage should move only from right to left.
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