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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Poster

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Continuity 

When it's their first kiss for Clare, she has a long, thin, brown hair clip on her hair, near the end of the scene, the hair clip becomes yellow.
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In the first meadow scene, young Clare pulls off her right shoe and throws it at the bushes, where she believes her brother Mark is hiding. When she runs to take the blanket to Henry, we see that it is her left shoe that is missing off her foot.
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Toward the beginning of the film Henry has just come inside from a driving rain storm. He is not wearing anything on his head and yet when he is indoors his hair is dry.
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When Henry sits with his mother on the train she is reading "The Chicago Tribune" yet when she goes to turn the page, the banner on the inside of her paper reads "The Washington Post".
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In the fireworks scene just before Henry is about to die and Clare is sitting on Henry's lap, when we see her face she is dry-eyed. When the camera shows her face from the back looking at Henry she has clearly been crying, with a tear rolling down her face, and the next shot shows her dry-eyed again.
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When Henry jumps back to the meadow on his wedding night he is clean-shaven in the bedroom, but has his typical scruffy beard in the meadow with the young Clare.
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When Clare holds her lottery ticket and checks the numbers she wears gloves, no gloves and gloves again.
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During one scene Henry talks to a young Clare in the meadow, she is wearing a dark purple t-shirt with a white pinafore dress. In some shots of Clare a white thread/piece of fluff is clearly visible on the dark background of her purple sleeve, it disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Clare and Henry are arguing in Clare's studio after his vasectomy, the paper mold she's using goes from right-side up to upside-down and back again.
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When Clare leaves the apartment to go to work she's wearing tan boots. When she leaves work and sees Henry on bench waiting for her, she is wearing black shoes.
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At the ending scene when Claire picks up the cloths Alba picks up the shoes that Henry was just wearing as he walked out of the bushes, the shoes have no laces in the holes. That would make it difficult to walk that long distance across the field.
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Errors in geography 

After Henry disappears and Clare is cleaning up the plate he dropped, you see him crossing the street and there is a Canadian flag flying on top of a building in the "Chicago" background.
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Factual errors 

The Calendar page for February 1984 pasted in Clare's diary has 30 days.
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Michelle refers to the train as the subway. In Chicago, except for limited areas of track, the trains are elevated. They aren't called the subway but the "El"..
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Miscellaneous 

Why would a wedding band perform "Love Will Tear Us Apart" during the reception? It's a dark song about a disintegrating marriage, and the lyricist's (Ian Curtis of Joy Division) state of mind before committing suicide.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

If Henry time-travels nude, he would not have lock picks. However, it is possible to pick locks with paper clips, hairpins, basically a couple of stiff wires. These are not particularly difficult to find.
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Plot holes 

Henry states at the beginning of the movie that he tried to prevent the car accident that killed his mother but he could never make it in time. The fact that he could have to warned his mother against driving the car on that particular hapless night on several occasions before the accident remains a glaring omission. He could have called her on the phone, passed the message through young Clare or in fact warned her in person when he met her on the train three years before the accident or all of the above and anything else.
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Before Henry's final time travel into the woods, he already knows that he is going to die by getting shot and being naked, having had no time to find cloths. As soon as he appears in the woods next to a deer, he should have known that a hunter might fire a shot in his direction. If he had simply ducked or moved behind a tree, he could have prevented his own death.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Clare is in the bathtub talking to Henry the water is clearly visible near the top of the tub. When the shot changes to a medium of Henry it is clear that the tub is empty of water.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

At Alba's 5th birthday party, in the kitchen, when Clare is asking Henry about his discussion with Alba, a hair pin is seen dangling from the end of the loose piece of hair in Clare's face.
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Continuity 

During Clare and Henry's fight about his vasectomy, Clare is seen working with a piece of handmade paper. She removes the mould and flips it upside down and presses on it to remove the moisture before couching it onto a piece of blotter paper. The camera zooms out and you can see it hasn't been flipped. Zoom in, zoom out again and its is back to being in the flipped position.
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Plot holes 

In the first scene that Henry appears naked on the floor after being shot, there is no blood left on the floor when he disappears. Or, at least the characters act as though there is no blood left. One might argue that the blood gets transported with the body when it time travels again; however, in the ending of the movie, the hunters find the blood-stained snow after Henry has traveled.
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When Henry returns back to the time of his wedding he has gray hair. Upon his death he does not have gray hair, nor does he at any other "present time". While he might have gone gray and started coloring it at some point, it is unexplained how he returns with gray hair at his wedding (and on an earlier return to visit Clare).
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Revealing mistakes 

Towards the end of the movie, when Gomez and Henry talk about Henry's impending death, they mention how cold it is outside and yet, when they are talking, their breath is not visible.
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