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(500) Days of Summer (2009) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

When Tom and his sister Rachel are sitting on the little stand.They're discussing Tom and Summer's relationship. Just before she leaves she has her left wrist over her right wrist but in the next shot she has her hands clasped.
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Anachronisms 

On day 303 early in the film, Tom receives an e-mail from Summer that she can't meet that week and hopes that means he's ready to be friends. The e-mail is dated May 7, 2008. On Day 500, Tom awaits an interview and the narrator says it was May 23. This is inconsistent with the rest of the movie which seems to be set in 2006 and early 2007.
Tom and Rachel are shown playing on a Nintendo Wii game console on day 11. Near the end of the film, the narrator says day 500 is Wednesday, May 23. The last time May 23 was a Wednesday was in 2007. Counting back, this means day 11 would have been January 18, 2006. The Nintendo Wii was not released until November 19, 2006.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the karaoke scene after Summer sings Sugartown the instrumentals are looped, but her voice is cut right after she starts singing the second verse, so we can hear the word "and..." but then nothing.

Character error 

When Summer says that their relationship is like that of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, Tom says that Sid stabbed Nancy seven times. He only stabbed her once.
For someone who is supposedly a trained architect, Tom's drawings display an odd discrepancy in perspective. Perspective issues are a beginner mistake an architect would have been trained to avoid during the first semester in architecture school.

Continuity 

In the split shots from the Expectations/Reality scene Summer wears an engagement ring in the Reality point-of-view, which is seen first when she hugs Tom at the door. When he enters the apartment the shot is the same for both Expectation and Reality and in both Summer is no longer wearing the ring.
During the copy-room kiss scene, Summer only touches the back of Tom's head yet when she leaves Tom's hair is ruffled all over giving the impression of a passionate encounter.
In the final scene together on the park bench, Summer can be seen wearing tall wedges. As she walks away from Tom, she is wearing flat sandals.
Day 22 is a Monday and the characters are in the office. Day 27 the characters are also in the office, but this day would be a Saturday.
During one of the final scenes on the park bench, Summer's hair keeps changing styles and falls both in front of and in back of her shoulder many times.
When Tom is drawing the buildings on Summer's arm the first few lines he draws from one angle are clearly not there when we see the finished picture from another angle.
During Millie's engagement party Tom lifts his wine glass to drink, but just before the glass reaches his mouth the scene cuts to another angle and his hand is suddenly by his waist again and he lifts the glass to drink again.
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Revealing mistakes 

Summer's heart shaped birthmark on the left side of her neck is is shown twice (same footage) but is then not seen in situations where it should clearly be visible (most notably during the wedding scene where she is dancing with Tom).

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