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Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Rey is climbing down the wall in the Starkiller base, with Stormtroopers marching above, the sound of marching feet is heard, but the Stormtroopers are not in step, and their footfalls do not match the sound effects.
Right before Kylo Ren kills Lor San Tekka, he says "You're so right," and the sound of him igniting his lightsaber while raising it upward, then killing Tekka. You can see red light that is flickering at the bottom of the screen while Ren is talking, meaning that the lightsaber is on, but there is no sound of the lightstaber, and there is still a sound of ignition when it is already on.
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Character error 

It seems Kylo hasn't been told Vader turned back to the Light Side of the Force before he died. But Luke would have told him at some point.

Continuity 

When Rey first meets BB-8, she notices one of its antenna is bent. She removes it, straightens it, and reinstalls it. It appears to be a black and metallic The next cut show the now straight antenna, but it is covered in a white coating or jacket/cover. This change happens several times during the movie.
After Rey escapes custody on Starkiller base, there is a mirror/flopped shot that made its way into the final cut featuring three stormtroopers navigating the hallway. Evidence of the shot being flopped comes from the troopers' pauldron being on the opposite shoulder. Further evidence comes from seeing the back of the stormtroopers. Normally, a black spot is visible on the left shoulder but this shot shows it on the right side for each stormtrooper.
When Han Solo and Kylo Ren are on the platform, Kylo hands his lightsaber to Han with the saber side to Kylo's right. In the next shot of the saber, the blade side is to Kylo's left.
When Poe Dameron is passed out in the interrogation chair and he awakens, he has a small open wound on his right cheek. As the scene progress with the interrogation by Kylo Ren, this wound heals up quickly. It is almost gone by the time he gets to the Tie-Fighter.
In the section of the film set on the planet Takodana, Finn is given a blaster from Han Solo. Finn is seen carrying the weapon with him at all times leading up to the scene where Maz Kanata gives Luke Skywalker's lightsaber to Finn in order to deliver it to Rey. In this scene, the blaster can still be seen strapped to his back. However, in the next sequence, as the characters escape from the rubble of the cantina, Finn emerges with no blaster and only the lightsaber. He then turns to Maz and complains about needing a weapon, to which she implies the lightsaber is all he really needs. But what happened to the blaster?
Rey repairs parts of the Millennium Falcon, ripping an electrical device apart. In one shot, she is showing it with the cables hanging loose down that device. In the next shot back to Rey, the device is now a little bigger and the cables are gone from the same view.
When Kylo Ren is questioning Rey on Starkiller Base, tear tracks appear and disappear on both cheeks. For the conclusion of the scene, her face is free of tear tracks.
When Finn first meets Rey and is knocked to the floor by her and BB-8 zaps him on his leg, at first there are marks on his trouser leg, but in the next cut, sand appears. After BB-8 zaps him a second time, the sand moves to his crotch area and then disappears entirely in the next shot.
When Rey is asking Finn for the bonding tape on the Falcon, she is pointing with her right arm in the head-on shot, then is pointing immediately with her left arm in the behind shot. Alternating shots repeat this.
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When Han offers Rey a job the shadow on Han's face changes depending on who is speaking, in shadow when Han speaks, in full light when Rey speaks.
When Finn walks away from the crashed and sinking TIE fighter, he only takes a few steps away before it explodes. In the following scene showing the explosion, he is clearly more than just a few steps away.
During Finn and Kylo Ren's light saber battle, there is a shot where Finn lunges at and misses Ren while swinging wildly. Ren dodges easily and twirls his saber confidently. When he first begins the twirl, the light saber is going in a clockwise direction from his head down, but in the immediate cut the saber is going upwards in a counterclockwise direction.
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In multiple scenes the beads of sweat on Finn's face change and appear and disappear between cut away shots.
When Kylo Ren interrogates/hypnotizes Rey at Starkiller Base, face shots show she has no eyebrow makeup. A minute later, when Rey is commanding the Stormtrooper, her eyebrows are penciled in.
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The blood on Finn's helmet changes in shape between shots.
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When Chewbacca's wound is being tended to at the Resitance base, Doctor Kalonia holds a healing field generator device over his chest with her right arm, except in the final shot of the sequence, when it is suddenly in her left.
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As Rey, Finn, and BB-8 first approach the Millennium Falcon on Jakku they come to the ramp from the right side of it. Seconds later as they board the Falcon they come from the left side of the ramp.
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The Millenium Falcon lands flat on its belly on Starkiller Base, scraping the underside for a great distance. Yet the underside gun turret does not appear to be damaged when they later takeoff from the planet.
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After arriving in Takodana, when Han Solo turns around to ask Chewbacca to check out the Millennium Falcon, Han's left hand is resting on the hip. In the next shot, the hand is withdrawn from the hip and a second later, in the next shot, the hand is back on the hip.
In bar scene Rey is eating a snack that looks like a taco with romanesco, a very distinctive broccoli/cauliflower relative that looks futuristic with its clear evocation of fractals. After a one-second cutaway, we come back to her eating and the same romanesco-based taco is in her hand. Then after a similar short cutaway we come back and she has an entirely new snack in her hand that, while, maintaining the same color scheme, does not have any romanesco and looks like a kind of hemispherical pastry with filling in the middle.
Before Rey escapes the interrogation room, we see a shot of Kylo Ren storming down the hallway to retrieve her. He is not wearing his hooded cowl in this shot. However, when he enters the room, his cowl is on. In a later sequence, Ren is walking down a corridor to gather storm troopers at an identical angle, again with the cowl removed. It can be implied that the earlier shot was taken from this sequence to add urgency to Rey's escape.
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After the TIE fighter disables the Millenium Falcon's underside cannon, we see the cannon point 90 degrees straight down from the Falcon's fuselage. However, when we get an underside shot of the Falcon being drawn onto Han and Chewies freighter, the cannon is facing forward again.
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When Rey and Finn almost get blasted by the TIE fighter near the tent on Jakku they fly through the air and land all tangled up together. In the very next shot they are far apart from each other.
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At 1 hr. 42 mins, you can clearly see 3 X-wings get shot down by the cannons. However, when the movie cuts back to the resistance base, the officer stays that 2 X-wings have been shot down. He could have called in the first before the other two, but all of them were shot down in quick succession of each other, making that highly improbable.
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When the Resistance is making their plan of attack, Finn is standing next to Snap Wexley, then later moves over to stand next to Poe Dameron. But before he does so, there is already a shot of him standing next to Poe edited into the sequence.
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In Rey and Han's first scene outside the Millennium Falcon on Takodana, the lighting changes radically. When Rey speaks, she is brightly backlit by low-angle sun. But when Han speaks, he is softly lit by an overcast sky.
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Kylo Ren placing his helmet on ashes was actually taken from a different scene, earlier in the film, and only inserted into his interrogation of Rey during editing. Evidence of this can be seen in the final cut of the film. When Kylo Ren takes off his mask, he holds it in his right hand as he approaches Rey. In the close-up of him putting it down, however, he puts it down with his left hand.
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When Rey retrieves the light saber, she grips it with the switch clearly pointed away from her thumbs. After she turns it on and the camera angle changes, it has shifted in her grip so the switch is near her thumbs.
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When Rey first meets BB-8, she notices one of its antenna is bent. She removes it, straightens it, and re-installs it. It appears to be a black and metallic The next cut show the now straight antenna, but it is covered in a white coating or jacket/cover. This change happens several times during the movie.
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When the falcon is caught in the tractor beam, in the shot after Finn says "it's the First Order," the shot cuts to Rey saying "What do we do? There must be something." There is a strand of hair on the right side of her head, and as the shot ends, the tip of the strand is pointing away downwards. In the next shot, the tip of the strand is suddenly curled up and closer to her neck.
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After Rey has fixed BB-8's antenna, she tells him the Niima Outpost is that way, pointing towards the outpost with her left arm. She holds onto the back of BB-8's antenna with her right hand and begins taking her hand off him. The shot cuts to a shot of BB-8 and Rey's right hand is suddenly off BB-8 entirely, down by her side.
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When Han is holding Leia to his chest a close-up of her face shows his hand holding her head with his fingers near her ear. The shot changes to behind her and his same hand has instantly moved to the base of her neck.
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When Maz Kanata shows Finn, Han and Chewie the lightsaber, watch the blaster strap on Finn's shoulder. When Maz is saying "Take it. Find your friend," the strap is shown on his shoulder positioned at 2 o'clock. Finn then takes the lightsaber and the strap is suddenly closer to his neck. Then a couple of shots after, the strap is suddenly back to being positioned at 2 o'clock again.
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When the rathtars begin attacking, in a shot of Han looking down the corridor, one of the Kanjiklub members is running through a doorway whilst running from the rathtar. The camera cuts to a closer shot of them running from the rathtar, and the same Kanjiklub member can be seen running through the doorway a second time.
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When Rey is giving the scrap piece to Unkar Plutt, in the wide shot where Unkar says "What you brought me today is worth...", Unkar is holding the scrap piece upwards. The shot changes to a closer shot of the two and suddenly Unkar is holding it sideways.
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When Kylo Ren and Han Solo meet on the bridge in Solo's final scene, they both stop directly next to a red bridge light. As the shots change throughout the scene, Ren is shown standing even with the red light, behind the red light, and in front of the red light. Solo's position in relation to the red light near him changes several times as well.
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When Finn, Rey, Han and Chewie are headed towards the oscillator, they stop running, seeing the battle between the Resistance and the First Order and Han says "They're in trouble. We can't leave." At this moment, the camera is behind the group and Han is standing next to Finn on Finn's right. The shot then cuts with the camera in front of them, and Han is suddenly standing in front of Finn. The camera cuts again and Han is now standing on Finn's left.
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When Kylo Ren is trying to read Rey's mind, there is a closeup of Rey saying "Get out of my head!" During this shot, there are tear streaks running down her face. In the rest of the scene, these tear streaks are gone.
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When the general is giving his Starkiller speech, there is a Stormtrooper is on the far left of the screen with a red shoulder pad which is down. It is fixed later in the sequence.
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When we first meet Rey, she is scavenging Imperial wreckage, and she slides down the sand dune on a makeshift sled (she left her speeder at the base of the sand dune, which means she trudged up that massive dune). When she reaches the bottom of the dune, her speeder is casting a distinct, dark shadow on the sand. As she fires it up and rides away, the speeder suddenly casts no distinct shadow on the sand, even after she reaches her destination and parks it.
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When Rey is unloading her speeder bike the sun is setting, but when she goes to trade her gear it's bright and sunny, and when she goes home, in the long shot on her speeder bike the sun's setting again.
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When Rey first meets BB-8 there are many footprints in the sand going towards it. When they walk back to the fallen AT-AT, the distance is far greater and Rey's footprints have disappeared.
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When Finn retrieves the jacket from the downed TIE fighter he's standing right in front of it, but when it starts to sink he takes a couple of steps back, then the long shot shows him further away, and even further when it explodes.
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After Rey's lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren, when the Falcon appears in the wideshot Rey's head is turned to look at the Falcon behind her, to her left, with Finn to her right, but in Rey's two closeups - before and after that wideshot, she's looking straight ahead at the Falcon, with Finn lying directly in front of her.
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After Kylo Ren uses the Force to lift Rey and slam her into a tree Finn kneels beside her. When Ren calls Finn a traitor, Finn turns to his right and starts to stand up, but in the next shot Finn has stood up by turning to his left.
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During the escape from Jakku, the Millennium Falcon is battling two tie fighters and Finn's cannon gets stuck in the forward position. After Finn shoots down the 2nd tie fighter, he is shown celebrating. In the shot, Finn's cannon is no longer stuck in the forward position and is now pointing up.
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When Poe and Finn steal the TIE/SF, both of Finn's torso harness straps have thin pieces of ridged plastic attached to them - nothing else, but when Finn wakes up on Jakku those pieces attached to the straps are entirely different.
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While Finn, Rey, and BB-8 are hiding in the maintenance bay to unfix the poisonous gas, when Finn lifts the floor's slotted deck plate and pokes his head out there are specific grooves at the edge on top of the plate, but no grooves underneath at the edge. The problem occurs when Chewie lifts the deck plate, and those grooves should be on the side facing him (the top side), but instead they're facing out. Then when Han tells Finn "that thing" can understand him, the grooves are gone - the top side of the deck plate is properly facing out.
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After Rey scrubs the salvaged parts clean, when it cuts to Rey standing in front of Unkar Plutt her shoulders are quite a bit taller than the shelf in the wideshot, but in the closeup the shelf is at Rey's chin level.
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While Rey's fixing the motivator, when Finn asks her if she wants to go back to Jakku because of family or a cute boyfriend, Finn's kneeling on his hands and knees, but in the next shot he's not, just as Rey tells him it's none of his business.
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When Rey unloads the net filled with parts at Niima Outpost, as she picks up her staff to her right we see the black bag hanging on the side of the speeder (note the bag's straps are now much shorter than when she drove off on the speeder), but in the next shot as she continues to pick up her staff, which is now to her left, the black bag is suddenly gone from the speeder (when Rey pulls the net it looks as if the black bag is lying in the net with the parts, though she didn't put it in there), and the net is entirely unattached as well.
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When Kylo Ren interrogates Rey, he removes his helmet and sets it down on a table of ashes. This table is not present in any of the wider shots of the interrogation room. [Director JJ Abrams has stated that the closeup of the ashes (the ashes of his victims, apparently) was actually from an earlier scene taking place in Kylo Ren's quarters on the star destroyer, which explains why the table is not visible in the Starkiller Base interrogation room. Still a mistake but there's the reason.]
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After getting up from his crashed ejection seat, when Finn sees the smoke and runs toward it his shadow's directly behind him. Just as he reaches the crashed TIE fighter his shadow's in front of him to his left, but when he faces the front of the TIE fighter as it sinks into the sand, Finn's long shadow is still being cast in front of him, even though he's now facing the opposite way, then a thin long shadow is cast onto the sand in yet another direction, to the left of the exploding TIE fighter.
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When Finn asks Rey if she can unfix the poisonous gas they rush to get the air masks, and as Finn climbs down to the maintenance bay below deck we see the floor behind Rey when she starts to kneel to help BB-8. Then after the closeup of Rey helping BB-8, in the next shot as Finn takes BB-8 from Rey we see the corner of the floor's deck plate that has suddenly appeared behind Rey, which she reaches for in the following shot to cover the maintenance bay.
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During the exchange between Ray and Solo note the compressor she is holding. The wires are at the top, next shot these are at the bottom, then they are back at the top, and in the last shot the wires are gone.
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After the TIE fighter crashes on Jakku, the closeups of Finn waking up and releasing himself from the seat strap while he's lying on the ground are flipped shots.
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When Rey reaches the top of the ridge and shouts at Teedo, we see there are no footprints in the sand between her and Teedo, so when Rey rushes to BB-8 her lone set of footprints are the only ones behind her in the sand. When Rey walks away from BB-8 telling him "No," there are many more footprints in the sand between her and the droid, even though there should only be the two sets of Rey's footprints - from both coming and going.
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After the spy, Bazine, communicates that she's found the droid at Maz Kanata's, in the following side closeup of Kylo Ren we have a good view of the distinctive surface dents/hole on the side of his mask (his left side) and this is a flipped shot, then in the front closeup of Ren those dents/hole are now on the opposite side of his mask with different marks the other side.
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After the First Order has destroyed the Hosnian system, including Hosnian Prime, Finn rushes up to Han and asks him where Rey is, and when it cuts to the shot of Rey running in the forest it's a flipped shot - note the leather cuff is on Rey's right wrist, etc., then in the next shot the cuff is on her left wrist as it should be.
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When Rey returns to her home in the AT-AT she scratches another mark into the wall, and in the next closeup just as she sits down the top part of Rey's outfit is crisscrossed with her left side over the right and her hip bag is at her left side, but after Rey fills her plate and takes her food, she stands up and her top is crisscrossed the opposite way, etc. The first shot is flipped - note the background, compared to the second shot.
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At the Resistance base, when the doctor's treating Chewie's injury, she's using a medical device with her right hand as she's telling him that he must be so brave, but when it cuts to the next shot it's her left hand up using the device.
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After the Starkiller Base weapon is fired at the Hosnian system, when it cuts to Finn loading gear onto Ithano's ship he stops at the top of the stairs and turns to watch the sky. The blaster's strap is beside Finn's neck slung crossbody, but in the shot from behind there's no strap near his neck.
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At the Resistance base, after it's said that, "The weapon will fire in two minutes," it cuts to Rey and Finn running in the woods on the surface of Starkiller Base, and the leather cuff is now on Rey's right wrist, presumably due to it being a flipped shot.
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When the imperial officer is informing Kylo Ren that they were unable to find the droid, Kylo slowly turns his head around. In the next shot, from far away, red lighting has appeared on the left side of his mask. The shot cuts back to him and the red lighting on his mask has vanished.
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When the members of the Kanjiklub arrive on Han's ship, the airlock opens, showing two members standing ahead of three others, with a gap between the two in front. The shot cuts to a closer shot and the distance between the two has decreased.
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When Rey rescues BB-8 from the scavenger Teedo, the top part of Rey's outfit is crisscrossed with her right side over left, but when she shushes BB-8 it's crisscrossed with her left side over the right. Then it's back to the original way.
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After Leia tells Han that she always hated watching him leave and he still drives her crazy, they hug and it cuts to the Starkiller Base. When we see Stormtroopers walking through the corridor and then Rey sneaking away, it's a flipped shot - note the Stormtroopers' backs, and Rey's hip bag and leather wrist cuff.
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After the TIE fighter crashes on Jakku, when Finn searches for Poe in the wreckage he finds Poe's jacket and grabs hold of the jacket arm, but when it cuts to the following shots as the ground starts shaking, Finn's holding the top (neck area) of the jacket, even though it never left his hand.
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After Rey finishes her meal beside the foot of the AT-AT and puts on the Rebel flight helmet, there's an overhead wide shot of the toppled AT-AT and we can see its front knee joint. When Rey hears the commotion with BB-8 she rushes to get her staff, which is now tall and upright in the sand at that knee joint, and had her staff been there in the wide shot we would have seen it.
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After BB-8 tells Rey that the Resistance base is located in the Illenium system, while Rey is down in the hold she asks Finn for something she needs and she holds her right arm up and points, but in the shot facing Finn it's her left arm that's up pointing as she repeatedly shouts "NO!" to him, and then it's her right arm up again.
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When Snoke orders, "If what you say about this girl is true, bring her to me," Kylo Ren is wearing his hooded cape. It cuts to Rey restrained in the holding cell, and when it cuts back to Kylo Ren rushing to the holding cell to get Rey and bring her to Snoke his cape is gone. After Rey uses the Force to trick the guard, it cuts back to Kylo Ren arriving at the cell and he's once again wearing his hooded cape.
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When Rey wakes up restrained as Kylo Ren's "guest" at Starkiller Base, Kylo Ren's mask has distinctive surface markings and a hole, but when he removes his mask and sets it down in the closeup it's a flipped shot - the marks and hole have switched sides.
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When Rey fixes the Falcon's electrical overload she pulls out blue and red wires, but just as she says, "I bypassed the compressor," in this shot facing her there are only four blue wires - no red, and then the red wires reappear with the blue.
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After the Quad Jumper blows up, when Rey, Finn, and BB-8 run to the "garbage" they're running quickly toward the Falcon's forward side - note the cockpit, with its entry ramp lowered and nothing blocking its way, but in the next closeup they're all running from the rear of the Falcon before they rush up its entry ramp.
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During Rey's lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren, a few shots after Rey does the flip and slices the tree branch, there's a long shot of them in the forest as they're both moving past very distinctive fallen trees around them, and after a few closeups as Kylo keeps advancing on Rey, at the start of the next long shot (right before the chasm first appears behind Rey) they're back to being where they were in the previous long shot.
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After the Millennium Falcon escapes from Jaaku, a First Order officer is reporting to Kylo Ren that they were unable to acquire the droid from Jaaku. The establishing shot has the officer standing about 6 feet away from Kylo Ren. While Kylo Ren destroys the terminal, the First Order officer appears to be remaining stationary. After continuing his report and upon mentioning a girl, Kylo Ren begins to force pull the officer from across the room. In the next shot, it has the officer 12 to 15 feet away rather than the original 6.
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At 1:40:17 into the film (DVD version), they state that the weapon (Starkiller base) will be charged in 15 minutes. At 1:56:57, they state that the weapon will be charged in 30 seconds... more that 16 1/2 minutes later.
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Factual errors 

When Finn looks up at the sky while on Takodana, he observes the real time use of the First Order's Starkiller weapon, which is being used against a number of Republic Planets. Han also looks up and sees the planets' outlines in the sky. Given that this weapon was being fired from a different star system (with the star of that system providing the power), there is no way for Finn or Han to be able to observe light from the weapon in real time, as the light source would be many light years away. Also, they are supposedly in a different star system to that of the republic planets that were the target of the weapon, therefore there should have been nothing for our protagonists to see at all.
When Rey steals the Millennium Falcon on Jakku, her attempts to evade the Tie Fighters result in small condensation trails similar to those produced by aircraft wingtip vortices. In reality, this visible condensation only happens in extremely humid environments. It certainly would not happen in the utterly arid climate of Jakku.
If the Starkiller weapon is able to syphon the matter contained in an entire star then it would not need to fire to destroy an enemy planet. Removing even a portion of the mass of a star would disrupt the orbits of all the planets in a star system and that would be sufficient to accomplish their destruction.
While charging the star killer base the position of sun was too close to it. but in shot, from that killer base sun was very small as it was millions miles away like earth-sun distance. The heat of a sun would melt all the ice on star killer base, and destroy all life, but it did not.
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Both Maz and Ren state about Luke's light saber. Was Luke's and his fathers before him. Luke lost his fathers light saber in the city of clouds when his father cut it off with his hand (Empire Strikes Back). In Return of the Jedi he made a new one(Vader comments on it), and it was green, not blue as his father's original one was.
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There's a typo in the end credits - an extra S in "3rd Asssistant."
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In the opening sequence, the camera pans down on a planet and moon that are three-quarters lit in sunlight (with the sun being far off-camera to the left). A battlecruiser then crosses the images as a silhouette, eclipsing the planet and moon in total blackness. Impossible. The battlecruiser should have been lit three-quarters in sunlight, same as the planet and the moon. Stranger yet, as the stormtrooper shuttles are deployed and cross over the battlecruiser silhouette, the shuttles are illuminated.
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Miscellaneous 

John Boyega is considerably more muscle-bound than the wiry Oscar Isaac, but Poe's jacket fits Finn perfectly.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the Millennium Falcon is being pursued by TIE Fighters on Jakku, a hit jams the bottom gun in the forward position, which forces Rey to pilot the Falcon in a front flip in order for Finn to aim the gun properly. While this was necessary in one sense, in another sense the Falcon has two gun batteries, and an earlier shot establishes that the top turret is still attached to the Falcon. Barring an unstated technical reason, there's no reason why Finn couldn't have gone to the top turret to finish off the last TIE Fighter. The ship was still flying in Jakku's atmosphere. Therefore artificial gravity hadn't been activated. As was shown with BB-8 being tossed around the ship. So while Rey was flying the ship evasively, it would have been very dangerous and nearly impossible for Finn to climb to the other turret.
Han and Rey talk about how quickly the Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel Run. Rey thought that it managed it in 14 parsecs and Han corrects her to 12. In fact, a parsec is a unit of distance equal to approximately 31 trillion kilometers, and not a measure of time. The Kessel Run is actually a smugglers route with a distance of 18 parsecs, for the sake of avoiding imperial checkpoints. Han managed to shorten the route in distance down to 12 parsecs risking getting caught.
When BB-8 is following Rey down the stairs as she is being called to Luke's light saber, there are well over a dozen stairs, but the sound effect of BB-8 clanging onto each step does not match the number of stairs in the corridor. The sound simply fades out, as we are hearing Rey's perspective, as her focus shifts, the sounds around her fade away and she simply didn't notice BB-8 continuing down behind her.
Han calls Kylo Ren "Ben". Confusion arises because in the Star Wars universe before this movie as released in the tie-in books Ben is the name of Luke's son. Han and Leia gave birth to "Jacen", Jaina" and Anakin".

This was true only until Disney abandoned the Extended Universe as canon. Han's children were Jacen, Jaina and Anakin and Luke's son was Ben in the expanded universe. The Expanded Universe is no longer considered canon to the Star Wars universe as it applies to these movies.

It could in fact be argued that the "Ben" name was used as a nod to the now non-canon EU.
Han Solo says that he wasn't sure that the Jedi were real, but that it was all true, or something similar. However, he was alive during the events of episodes 1-3, so he should have been aware of them, and of what they were capable of. So for him to say that he didn't believe in them, we would have to accept that he had his head in the sand for nearly 20 years. However, in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Solo specifically says "Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen *anything* to make me believe that there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. 'Cause no mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense", making it clear that, while Solo may have been alive during the events of Episodes I through III, at least as late as the beginning of Episode IV, he didn't believe in the Force or the Jedi. Of course, his opinion has changed by the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
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Plot holes 

During the attack on the junkyard settlement, Finn, Rey, and BB-8 flee the planet in the Millennium Falcon, which they steal from a junkyard. Despite being in a junkyard and not having flown in years, the ship in unsecured, the ramp is open, it powers up immediately, and the gun/canon on the bottom is charged and ready for use. Being in a junkyard, it is highly unlikely the ship would even be intact, much less immediately ready for flight. And if it were ready for flight, it wouldn't be left open and unsecured for anyone to simply walk in and fly it away, especially on a planet of scavengers.
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When Kylo Ren meets up with Rey and Finn in the forest, how the did Ren get ahead of them and is waiting of them? Plus how did he know exactly where they were going to be? Both Rey and Finn had to climb down from the higher level they were at. Also, Kylo Ren could have used the force to give him knowledge of where they could have crossed paths.

Revealing mistakes 

When Finn takes Rey's hand and they run out of the tent they met in, they run past the same bystanders twice, in subsequent shots seen from two different angles. Most noticeably they run past the red robed individual identified as 'Sarco Plank' in both shots.
When Kylo Ren force pushes Rey into a tree, Finn runs to her aid. Rey is supposed to be unconscious, but when Finn lifts her head to check on her, you see Rey lift her leg to a more comfortable position.
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When Finn and Rey first turn and run towards the Falcon, we see an establishing shot of the ship from far away (CG shot) followed by a close up of the ship's entrance (practical set piece). The entire walkway jiggles as the two actors climb it, revealing it to be a lightweight, freestanding set leading to nowhere.
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At the start of General Hux's speech, a Snowtrooper standing furthest away from him to his right has his pauldron dangling in front of his chest instead of on his shoulder.
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When Rey, Finn and BB-8 are running towards the Falcon on the planet Jakku, a large Podracer engine is visible in the background, most notably behind BB-8. The same large prop can later be seen at the Resistance base on the planet D'Qar.
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While Poe leads the aerial assault on the oscillator, in the closeups of Poe and other X-wing fighter pilots, note the cockpit windows at the pilots' left and right have identical marks and scratches in their individual X-wings. It's particularly noticeable when one closeup follows another.
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Spoilers

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kylo Ren kills Han Solo, it is clearly obvious that Kylo Ren retracts/turns off his Lightsaber. This is also noticeable because of the unique sound his saber emits. However, after Han Solo touches Kylo Ren's face and then falls off the platform, you can see that Kylo Ren's Lightsaber is on again.
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Character error 

When Leia and Han are talking about losing their son to the dark side, at about the 1 hour 25 minute mark of the film, Leia says "No. It was Snoke. SHE seduced our son to the Dark Side." Strangely enough, the subtitles correctly say "HE" instead. This scene must have been shot before they made the final decision on Snoke's gender and slipped through somehow or Carrie Fisher made a mistake that was never caught by anyone right through post editing.

Continuity 

During the final attack on Starkiller Base while it is charging up in preparation to wipe out the Resistance, Poe and his squadron of X-Wings drop out of hyperspace and descend to the surface. However, the large fiery column being sucked from the sun is not visible in this shot.
When Rey finally defeats Kylo Ren and he falls to the ground, his glove can be seen falling off his left hand, away from his body. In the next shot it's back on his hand as he lifts it up in pain.
During the First Order's attack on Jakku, Poe attempts to escape in his X-Wing fighter. The ladder Poe uses to climb up into the X-Wing is visible. Stormtroopers manage to disable the X-Wing by firing at its engines. When Poe jumps down to inspect the damage, the ladder has disappeared. In a later scene, when the Stormtroopers destroy the X-Wing the ladder has miraculously reappeared.
Han and Leia embrace as they say goodbye before the attack on the Starkiller base. In the first shot Han's hand is on Leia's head, partially covering Leia's right ear. When the shot changes Han's hand has jumped to be around the back of Leia's neck.
When Luke Skywalker reaches up to pull back his hood, his robes are stitched together at the shoulder (apparently to prevent slipping off with hands raised). In the next scene the stitching is gone.
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In the "Father and Son" scene when Kylo Ren brings out his light saber as if to offer it to Han Solo, Ren's right hand is open & located just under the hilt while the other end in his left hand. Han puts his right hand in the middle, on the grip. The next time we see the light saber, Ren has closed his hands around it & Han's right hand is still in the middle. When we see the wider shot, Han's right arm & hand are down by his side, & the light saber has changed position with the hilt pointed directly at Han's chest.
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Factual errors 

If the Starkiller's laser was in fact traveling at the speed of light (as one character states), then the people on Hosnian Prime would not have seen the beam of light until it actually hit them.
Finn is wounded on his shoulder and spine and falls face down into the snow. Later, Rey turns him round, thereby putting pressure on his wounded back. Chewbacca also lays Finn on his back in the Falcon's medical bay and finally he is seen recovering at the Resistance base still lying on his injured back. This position makes for a more pleasing shot as Rey says goodbye to him, but if he was really severely injured, he should have been resting face down.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

According to Poe Dameron he landed somewhere in the desert while Finn stuck in his chair after crashing with the fighter. During the course Finn finds Poe's jacket. But how could Poe possibly lose his jacket while wearing it during the crash? Actually, Poe took off the jacket while getting ready to pilot the TIE.
When the Starkiller is first used, the First Order troops watch on, in broad daylight. Later it is revealed that it depletes the energy of a nearby sun, and thus fires in darkness. We never see the source before powering but the presence of light would indicate it came from a binary star system.
When the Resistance is waving off Rey and Chewbacca in the Millenium Falcon, C3PO's left arm is gold, not red an in the rest of the film. It was established earlier in a line of dialogue that C3PO was getting his proper arm re-installed.
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Plot holes 

The opening crawl states that the Resistance (with the backing of the Republic) and the First Order are both searching for Luke Skywalker. However, at the end of the film, when Luke's whereabouts are finally known (with the map completed by R2-D2), only Rey and Chewbacca go to find Skywalker on Ahch-To. If the entire Resistance/Republic is looking for Skywalker, why are Rey and Chewie the only members of the Resistance who go after him?
As noted in a continuity error in the "Father and Son" scene, one minute Han Solo's right hand is on the light saber. But the next minute his right hand is down by his side & he's just standing there. Han would not have gone down without a fight. He knew exactly how dangerous light sabers are. And he knew his son murdered Padawans & probably tried to kill Luke, not to mention the slaughter of all the people in the Jakku village. Either Han went against character & didn't defend himself, or he went against character & knowingly risked his life on the slim chance that his son would have a complete change of heart & go home with him. He even told Leia that their son is gone forever.
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