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25 Movie Mistakes You Probably Didn’t Notice

We all make mistakes, but the key is not to let them hit theaters. The directors of these major motion pictures missed the memo.
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Some movie mistakes are more obvious than others. But no matter how detrimental or minor, they’re all equally avoidable blunders if you catch them on time. Or at least, they would’ve been.

Here are some of the most bizarre, ridiculous, and just plain bad movie mistakes you probably didn’t notice at first, but you’ll never unsee now.

Grease

movie mistakes, Grease, waitress in diner with Frenchy
Paramount Pictures

In Grease, Vi tries to turn off the light with her elbow, but she completely misses her mark. A half-second later, the lights somehow turn off anyway.

I’d like to think Frankie Avalon worked his teen angel magic right before singing “Beauty School Dropout,” but my more reasonable side says it was just a movie mistake.

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde water fountain mistake
MGM

In Legally Blonde, pay close attention to those who drink from the water fountain. The pool boy drinks real water when it’s his turn, but the woman who drinks before Elle is quite vividly just drinking the air.

Also, when Vivian chases Elle to the elevator, you can see her reflection moments before she gets there, revealing she’d been waiting for her cue all along.

Braveheart

white vehicle in the background, Braveheart
Paramount Pictures

Braveheart is meant to take place in the late 13th century, right? So why is there a white vehicle in the background of one of the battle scenes?

Is this a messenger from the future there to warn Mel Gibson’s character about his fate? Or just your average oversight by the crew? You decide.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Warner Bros. Pictures

Have you ever noticed anything strange about Harry and Draco’s dueling scene? Look closely and you will.

There’s a cameraman blatantly in the shot. He’s easy to overlook in all the commotion. For us and the editors, I guess.

Cats

Judi Dench in Cats
Universal Pictures

In a ridiculous CGI error, they managed to make everything about Judi Dench a cat except her very human hand with her actual wedding ring on it.

And somehow, this feline faux pas happens more than once in the movie to various characters’ hands. How aPAWlling! Sorry not sorry.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man and Mary Jane
Sony Pictures

Remember that magical moment when Spider-Man (played by Tobey Maguire) saves Mary Jane? Well, there is one aspect that’s not so magical. When they’re swinging away, she’s clearly clinging to a lifeless mannequin.

Once you notice, it’ll never look the same. Also of note, her hair is blowing the wrong way, if you think about the direction they’re supposed to be swinging.

Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality flowers blooper
Warner Bros. Pictures

She’s beauty and she’s grace. When the winners are announced in Miss Congeniality, Cheryl loses it and beats Gracie with the rose bouquet.

Naturally, the petals fall off. A few seconds later, those same petals unnaturally reappear on the bouquet like it never happened at all.

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame Ant-Man
Marvel/Disney

Pay close attention to the final battle scene in Avengers: Endgame. Ant-Man was in the van, check. He’s trying to turn on the quantum tunnel, check. He’s giant and fighting the villains, check.

Then, a mere moment later, he’s suddenly in the van again. Check? I don’t think so.

Willy Wonka

The Candy Man Can from Willy Wonka
Paramount Pictures

In Willy Wonka, the candy man raises the counter as he’s talking to the kiddos, but he accidentally whacks a little girl in the face with it. Ouch.

A true professional, the young extra just leans back and keeps moving forward with the scene, thus getting the almost missable moment into the movie without anyone noticing. Until now.

Twister

truck windshield in Twister
Warner Bros. Pictures

Between all the flying cows and constant mayhem, there’s a lot going on in Twister. So it’s somewhat easy to overlook this glaring mistake.

Debris crashes through the windshield of the car, damaging it beyond repair. But in the next cut, presto change-o! That same windshield is instantly fixed.

She’s All That

She's All That missing tattoo
Mirimax Films

When she finds a new guy, Taylor gets a heart tattoo on her left shoulder to commemorate their summer of “love.” But when it’s time for prom that same year, her tattoo is noticeably gone, proving nothing about that relationship was going to last very long. Could she have gotten it removed? Possibly. But very, very doubtful.

Star Wars

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, Stormtrooper hits his head
Lucasfilm/Disney

Making one heck of an entrance, this unidentified storm trooper banged his head on the door in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

According to Wookipedia, more than one actor recalls bumping their noggins at some point or another, but for now, the true identity of this clumsy stormtrooper remains unknown.

Return of The King

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
New Line Cinema

Many will never forget the fateful moment Frodo gets caught in Shelob’s webs. When Sam finds him, he believes him to be dead.

But is he, though? Frodo’s eyes go from open, to closed, to open again throughout the scene. I guess they couldn’t decide which way looked deader, and unwittingly made him look not dead at all.

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean's Eleven, Brad Pitt's shrimp cocktail
Warner Bros. Pictures

In Ocean’s Eleven, Brad Pitt’s shrimp cocktail container starts out as a glass and suddenly becomes a plate. Then all of a sudden, it’s in a glass again. Hmmm.

Is Brad Pitt a magician or just very indecisive about how he likes to eat his shrimp cocktail? We may never have the luxury of knowing such things.

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace
Sony Pictures

Being an extra is no easy task. The hours are painfully long, the pay is not great (if you’re paid at all), and you’re often doing more waiting around than anything else.

But when you get your time to shine in a scene, it’s key to give it all you’ve got. Someone should’ve told that to the extras in Quantum of Solace who were vividly sweeping way above the actual ground.

Titanic

Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic
Paramount Pictures

I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about Titanic. But when Jack mentions he went ice fishing on Lake Wissota, he told a big fat lie.

Unfortunately for his touching story, Lake Wissota wasn’t formed until 1917. Yes, that’s five years after the Titanic sank to the bottom of the sea. Was Jack secretly a time traveler? Sadly, I don’t think so.

Gravity

Sandra Bullock crying in Gravity
Warner Bros. Pictures

We don’t know everything about outer space, but we do know one factoid that reveals a major mistake in Gravity. Sandra Bullock’s tears poetically float off of her face in one scene. It’s pretty, but it’s not realistic.

The creators either didn’t do their homework or just prioritized cinematography over reality. Thanks to space’s insanely strong surface tension, Sandra’s tears would’ve stayed on her face the whole time.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption, Raquel Welch poster
Columbia Pictures

Andy triumphantly escaped prison in 1966. That carved-out tunnel to freedom was cleverly covered by a movie poster of Raquel Welch. Remember?

Still, you’d think the guards would’ve been more suspicious. Because, unfortunately for Andy’s plan, that movie didn’t come out until 1967, so the poster probably didn’t exist yet. Busted!

Never Been Kissed

Never Been Kissed pi day
20th Century Fox

When Josie starts making friends during her second round of high school, it’s a very happy moment. And so, it’s easy to overlook this little error amidst all the warm fuzzies.

Remember when Josie and her studious pals paint a huge poster with the number pi on it? Well, they labeled pi incorrectly. It’s really 3.14159.

The Aviator

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Warner Bros. Pictures

Howard Hughes makes an unusual request in The Aviator. He asks for 10 chocolate chip cookies while he’s editing Hell’s Angels.

But chocolate chip cookies weren’t invented until the 1930s, about two years after the scene would have occurred. Whoopsies!

Marie Antoinette

shoes in Marie Antoinette
Sony Pictures

This one’s so blatantly obvious it almost seems intentional. In this biography of the queen of France directed by Sofia Coppola, there’s a mistake so shocking I’m still not sure what to make of it.

Notice anything strange on the floor in the photo above? It seems Converse shoes were a big hit among the aristocracy back in the 18th century. Who knew?

Aladdin

fabric mistake in Aladdin
Disney

The only animated movie to make the list, have you ever noticed something strange about the moment Jasmine’s beloved pet takes a chunk out of Aladdin’s pants?

Somehow, the trouser material Rajah vividly rips off and carries in his mouth becomes the heart-covered boxer material that’s clearly not ripped at all.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Eddie's rings in the Rocky Horror Picture Show
20th Century Fox

Eddie escapes the deep freeze and he’s wearing three rings on his left hand. They show a close-up of his middle, ring, and pinkie fingers all sporting rings. Bizarrely enough, the pinkie ring we just saw completely disappears in the following shots.

That ring is not there when Eddie plays the sax or when he lifts Columbia into the air. But it’s back on later. It just keeps reappearing and disappearing throughout the scene. Spooky happenings in that house!

Pretty Woman

food changes in Pretty Woman
Buena Vista Pictures

I never get tired of watching Pretty Woman. So I’m not sure how I never noticed this small, but sizable mistake. Remember when Vivian is eating breakfast in Edward’s hotel room? He took the liberty of ordering “a little of everything.” But there’s something off about the way she’s eating.

First, Julia Robert’s character is eating a croissant that suddenly becomes a pancake with a bite taken from it. Then, she takes two bites of her pancake. When she goes in for another bite in the next frame, the pancake has reanimated. There’s only one bite missing!