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(2011)

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Anachronisms 

One of the scenes shows "The Big Guy" looking at a computer monitor showing "STS-71" docked. STS-71 was a mission involving Atlantis docking with the Mir space station in 1995, several years prior to the movie's time frame.
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Character error 

When discussing her beliefs with the guys, Ruth says that the world is 4,000 years old and can only be the product of intelligent design. Most Creationists believe that the world was created in 4004 BC, meaning that it is a little over 6,000 years old, not 4,000.
When Paul is going through the fridge for the first time in the RV, you hear Paul say, "Cool, Marmite." But the jar he pulls out of the fridge is actually a jar of Vegemite, the Australian version of Marmite.
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While talking over the radio to Big Guy, Zoil says "We've tracked them to a gas station in Ely," pronouncing the last word as "EE-lye." Ely, Nevada is pronounced "EE-lee."
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Graeme and Clive are both British, yet Graeme uses the American pronunciation of the word "router" even though he used the British pronunciation of the word "schedule" only moments before.
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Continuity 

Two men appear behind Graeme and Clive in the diner when they receive the "Alien on Board" sticker. However, when the two hillbillies appear the two men are gone.
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When Paul is trying to push Agent Haggard off the road with the RV, Haggard has a small cut on his forehead. His car runs over some rough grass then back onto the highway, and the cut is suddenly twice the size.
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After Tara's house explodes and Greame is running alongside the RV, the rear window is closed. Then when he is reaching towards Clive and says "Don't leave me!", the window is open. A second later when Clive pulls him inside, the window is closed again.
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At the end of the movie when the chopper is landing, there are two pilots, two door gunners and, of course, the big guy is inside. Only one pilot, two gunners and the big guy ever come out. The co-pilot is never seen.
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When the RV hits the bird, there is a mark left on the windshield. The next shot shows the RV slowing down, and there is no mark on the windshield.
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When Graeme pulls over behind the sign and Ruth's father speeds by, there are almost no clouds, but when Haggard and O'Reilly speed by five seconds later, there are clouds.
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When Graeme and Clive order at the diner his pancakes have whipped cream on them he puts his arm in the whipped cream yet in the next shot it is undisturbed, as if his arm just bounced off it.
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When Clive and Graeme pull over after Paul wrecks the black car, headlights can be seen just coming over the rise behind them. In the next shot as they clamber out of the RV, the road behind is suddenly deserted.
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When Agent Zoil does a high-speed u-turn (handbrake turn) on the highway, the camera cuts to a close-up of him driving. You can see that he is driving on the right side of the car, instead of the left side.
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When the special agent gets shot towards the end of the movie, there is a large bullet hole, with visible blood, and a torn jacket where the bullet went in. Later when Paul is getting onto the space craft waving goodbye, the bullet hole, blood, and suit are now all gone and cleaned up. As if it was never there. Taking into effect of what we know, Paul can heal, but I don't think he can mend clothing as well.
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After Graeme and Clive leave the diner, Graeme gets in the RV after he said he was putting the alien on board sticker on the back. But after they crash into the pickup truck and drive past the ET highway sign, the sticker can't be seen on the back of the RV. Neither can the black mark that is left behind when Graeme later removes the sticker after they meet Paul.
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When Paul and Ruth are arguing about religion after she comes to, there is a fly swatter and a green floral kitchen pocket hanging on the hooks on the wall behind Ruth. In the next shot, she grabs the fly swatter and the green floral pocket gets knocked down, but later in the same scene when we see Clive driving and he says "Oh yeah" it can be seen hanging there again.
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After bashing into Haggard's car the first time, he's barely behind them, but one second later, he's farther behind.
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After Clive buys the "Black Vampire" sword in the comics shop and they are discovered by Agents O'Reilly and Haggard, Haggard is about to shoot Paul but is stopped when Clive body checks him. In this scene, Clive is shown holding nothing in his hands. However, in the subsequent shot of Clive and Paul running out of the store, Clive is now clutching the sword.
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The rude drawing th at Mr. Buggs picks up when it flies out of the RV has creases and damage to the holes at the top right but when it's seen from beside him four seconds later, the creases and damage is on the left. Later, when Haggard finds it in Buggs' back room the creases and damage are gone, and later on in the movie when Haggard shows it to Gus and Jake, the damage is only on the right side but less than when Mr. Buggs first picks it up.
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After the Big Guy and crew get out of the helicopter we can see that the blades are idling in the background. A couple of seconds later the blades are stationary. It takes a lot longer than that time for helicopter blades to come to a complete stop.
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After the Big Guy and crew get out of the helicopter we can see that the blades are idling in the background. A couple of seconds later the blades are totally stopped. It takes a lot longer than that time for helicopter blades to come to a complete stop.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In a night scene when the camera is looking through the front of the RV, a soft box rigged to the front right of the vehicle (as side/back light to the passenger seat) can be seen dipping in and out of frame, then finally completely into view.
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When Zoil receives information on where to locate Paul he locks up the brakes on his black Ford Crown Vic and slides the car into a smoky 180 degree turn. Under the right side rocker panel 3 stunt dolly wheels are visible.
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When Haggard is chasing the RV with Zoil's car you can see the reflection of the camera vehicle in the RV's chromed front bumper.
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When the black Crown Vic that appears to be chasing Graeme and Clive crashes, overtaking them, the roll cage installed in the car can be seen when it is back-lit by the illuminated dust.
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Errors in geography 

There is no South Pass County in Wyoming. There is, however, a South Pass City in Fremont County.
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Factual errors 

While riding for the first time in the RV, Paul states that the car accident was due to his not being able to reach the pedals, and that he therefore "needed to use the parking brake." The parking brake on the Crown Vic is a pedal located to the far left. There is no lever-operated parking brake.
When Haggard and O'Reilly are at the road block there are several Saguaro cactuses in the shot. They are suppose to be in Nevada, but the Saguaro cactus only grows in the Sonora desert, which would be central/southern Arizona into Mexico.
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When Graeme and Clive are having lunch at Comic Con, we see Baskin-Robbins and Hot Dog On A Stick food vendors. Other than Starbucks and Mrs. Fields Cookies, the San Diego Convention Center does not let outside food vendors inside the building. They have their own café selling sandwiches, pizza and salad.
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During the end credits, the two leads are still wearing the San Diego Comic-Con "Attendee" badges they had from their previous visit. They should be wearing Guest Badges now.
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The state trooper's car says "Nevada State Police" on the side, and his uniform shoulder patch reads "State Police." Nevada has no state police. There is a state department of public safety, which has a highway patrol as one of its divisions.
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When Agent Zoil first meets the rookies at the roadblock, some Saguaro cacti can be seen in the background. Saguaros are not indigenous to Nevada.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

One of the climactic scenes was when Paul tells his new friends why he is running & where he is going, but at that point in the movie he had already transferred his cumulative knowledge on to all of them so they should have known already. Although Paul is capable of transferring his knowledge to other people it could easily be possible that Paul may limit the knowledge he gives to others as to not give away all of his secrets such as why he is on Earth even to his friends as to protect them.
When trying to assault "The Big Guy" Clive breaks his sword. Later when they say farewell to Paul you can see the sword unbroken again on his back but Paul brings Graeme back to life and the aliens are shown healing the soldiers wounded by Zoil. With their powers and technology, fixing a broken sword for a friend would have certainly been child's play.

Plot holes 

The huge explosion that rips through Tara's house isn't very likely. She only left the stove on for a short while, and if there was really a massive concentration of gas as depicted by the explosion, the Agent who fired the shot that triggered it should have collapsed from inhaling so much gas.
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When Graeme pulls over behind the sign and Ruth's father as well as Haggard and O'Reilly are right behind them, they should have seen them pull over.
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Revealing mistakes 

The ceiling of the actual Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada, is covered with thumb-tacked dollar bills. The ceiling of the re-created set is bare.
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The normal eye of Kristen Wiig (Ruth Buggs) can be seen behind Ruth's blacked out glasses when Graeme and Ruth are arguing. Ruth's eye is meant to be deformed.
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When Agent Zoil fires his weapon until emptied, and the slide locks open, he fires one more time and you can hear the weapon click, but this would not happen with the slide locked back in the open position.
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When Clive strangles Paul and gets his fingers covered in some kind of mucus, after cutting back from the police cars to the characters, his fingers no longer have the mucus on them.
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The Velcro used to make the "Alien On Board" sticker easier to remove from the bumper is visible when Graeme rips it off after they find Paul
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When Graeme is convincing Ruth to go with them and she says "Where would I sleep?", you can see her left pupil through the dark lens: it moves as she looks to her right twice and then back. In the next scene, it is shown that she doesn't have a visible pupil in her left eye.
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When the car Paul is driving spins out of control and flips, the roll cage is visible through the back window.
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