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Jump to: Anachronisms (8)  | Character error (1)  | Continuity (13)  | Crew or equipment visible (5)  | Factual errors (1)

Anachronisms 

Coop talks about the Style Council (Paul Weller's band after the Jam broke up). The movie takes place in 1981, but the Jam didn't break up until 1982 and the Style Council didn't form until 1983.
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Cure Girl's shirt has a still from the video for the song Love Song, which is on Disintegration. Disintegration was released in 1989, the movie takes place in 1981.
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On the "town trip" montage, the characters are seen eating French fries from McDonald's Super-Size fry containers. In 1981, when the movie was set, there were no Super-Sizes available at McDonald's.
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During the baseball speech, one of the campers is wearing a New Jersey Nets hat. The logo on his hat wasn't adopted until the 1990-1991 season, while the film is set in 1981.
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Most of the cars and trucks (including the camp pick up truck) seen in this movie were built after 1981. With the exception of the camp van, and a few other vehicles.
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The elastic on the men's Fruit of the Loom Briefs had the brand name printed on them which did not happen until years later. At that time the film was set, it was just the blue and yellow stripes.
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The movie is set in 1981 and part of the plot involves Skylab's re-entry. Skylab re-entered in 1979.
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Post-1990 automobiles are shown driving around in the "town trip" montage.
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Character error 

When Henry is demonstrating the Earth revolving around the sun, he says the Earth makes a 1.3 million mile trip every year. Actually it is more like 585 million miles.
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Continuity 

Many of the continuity "mistakes" were included intentionally by the filmmakers and were meant to be subtle and funny, including Neil's hair in the motorcycle chase scene and the differing level of completion of the blanket that Nancy is knitting when she gives Beth and Henry the library advice.
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When Beth makes Andy pick up his food, Andy's cup still has some juice in it, and he doesn't knock it off the table. When he starts picking up dishes, the empty cup is on the floor.
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The van used to ditch the problematic campers in the woods is the same van simultaneously driving campers to the rafting trip.
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The raft on top of the van that Victor is driving to Moose river disappears and reappears.
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When Coop finds Katie talking with her boyfriend in his cabin, Coop talks with her while standing in the cabin doorway. Shots of Coop framed by the doorway show that it is raining outside, but it is not raining before or after.
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While eating breakfast on the last day of camp it is raining outside of the mess hall windows, but during all exterior shots it is dry.
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Beth's hair when she drives into town: it was just "fluffy" then in the truck there are pigtails in front, then in the bookstore it's fluffy again, then on the street she has pigtails in front.
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Around 19 minutes of the film, When Beth makes Andy pick up his food, the plate moves from where it landed to against the wall between shots.
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During the breakfast scene, Beth is sitting at the table with Gail (Molly Shannon) on her right and Nurse Nancy (Nina Hellman) on her left. Later on in the same scene, when Beth talks to Victor, Nurse Nancy is sitting on her right where Gail should be.
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In the scene where Gary is peeling potatoes outside, both his hair and Gene's facial hair are noticeably longer than in any other scene in the movie. It would appear that this scene was filmed much later than the rest of the movie.
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When the kid falls off the boat he falls close to the dock. In the close-up of him drowning, he's obviously nowhere near the dock.
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Katie's necklace while Katie and Beth talk on the porch about improving Beth's look.
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The children change in front of J.J. during the final camp show.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Actors mark (a taped "X") visible when Beth demands that Andy pick up the food that he has thrown on the floor.
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Cameraman's hand is briefly visible when Beth and Neil run into the back room of the infirmary.
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When Neil is rafting down river with the campers, as he gets out of the raft, a cable can be seen attached to the back of the raft.
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Reflected in Neil's sunglasses, after stopping his motorcycle on a haystack.
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When Victor and Neil arrive at the campsite, Neil opens the front door of the van and you can see the camera assistant's reflection.
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Factual errors 

The zip code Henry gives Beth for Augusta, ME (04139) is not the zip code for Augusta - it's not a zip code at all.
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