Best movie character mistakes of 2021

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The Virtuoso picture

Character mistake: During the planning stage, the Virtuoso said (narrating), "You have to hit a two-inch moving target on a car going 60-plus miles per hour from 50 yards away." He was watching the CEO drive past the window to where he parks in front of his business. The CEO was shown taking a sharp turn at the intersection and squealing his tires, but the location was inner-city with short blocks and traffic lights. Downtown busy streets with pedestrians do not allow (or enable) drivers to reach high speeds. (00:10:30)


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Character mistake: Diana categorizes without a doubt Aquaman as "a mixed blood" Atlantean because Bruce tells her that he could breathe air. However Steppenwolf interrogated one of the guards from Atlantis on the ground, and he could breathe just fine.

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Breaking News in Yuba County picture

Character mistake: After banker Karl was reported missing from his home, the police detective did not even think to locate his car - which he could have merely driven away in (meaning he was not kidnapped).


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Character mistake: Valerie approached a group of wedding attendees fighting outside the venue, saying, "Break it up" a few times. When that didn't work, she fired two "warning shots" into the air. The second shot was aimed more toward the brick porch/overhang. In general, warning shots are not permitted and it is illegal to discharge a weapon in a public place, except in the line of duty when faced with imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death. There was no justification to discharge her firearm. (00:05:20)


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Character mistake: The Gardener threw a knife that impaled an intruder's gut, essentially rendering the intruder incapacitated. At this point, the intruder was no longer a threat and did not pose imminent danger, therefore the Gardener was NOT justified in shooting the intruder in the forehead and killing him. The Gardener could be charged with some degree of murder, such as voluntary manslaughter (provoked and loss of self-control or inability to control emotions). (01:15:20 - 01:15:55)


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Infinite picture

Character mistake: Evan's response to "What's gunpowder made of?" was "74% potassium nitrate, 13% charcoal." A "smart man" who "knows everything" should realise that the two total 87% and there's a third ingredient (surfur) needed to comprise the remaining 13%. Gunpowder does not have a single "recipe", so the % of the 3 ingredients can vary. Generally, 75% potassium nitrate (or "salt peter"), 15% charcoal, and 10% sulfur may translate to 74.8%/13.3%/11.9% respectively. The 74.8% should be rounded up, not down? (00:14:00)


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Character mistake: Ms. Lewis said, "Mr. Buddy, you may not have improved your handwriting in maths, for which, this once, in lieu of your intensified efforts, we will be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, but you have improved your score." "In light of" - not "in lieu of" - would make sense. But if a student's numbers on math homework are illegible, the teacher should NOT give the benefit of the doubt, especially when doing so changes the ranks of other students to the point of being lower. (00:36:07)


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The Gateway picture

Character mistake: Detective King (?) told Mikey, "You're on probation. You got no rights." King knew Mikey had been in prison, so should have said, "You're on parole" (not probation). Although a layperson might use probation and parole interchangeably, an employee in the criminal justice system (such as a detective) should know the differences between the terms and use the right one. A parolee is given an early, conditional release from prison and has fewer "rights" than a probationer. (00:47:10)


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Character mistake: Bree said, "Even the smallest pup can smell meat from 40 feet away." Puppies may not be able to smell quite as well as their adult counterpart, but dogs have excellent smell. It is estimated that dogs (under ideal conditions) can smell as far as 20 km (12+ miles). I suspect someone did a quick Google search of "how far can a puppy smell" and the following was visible: "On a windy, bright day, a dog might be able to smell a person standing upwind at 40 feet away. But..." and quit reading. (01:33:07)


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Character mistake: Aldo tells Rodolfo to reconcile with his son, saying "Sunday is my birthday." Aldo Gucci was born on May 26th, which was not a Sunday in 1980 nor 1981, which is when the scene would take place. (00:31:30)

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Character mistake: David said, "Camels bite. I hear they like to bite people in the stomach. It's the leading cause of death among the Arabs." This is absurd. Generally, leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure; auto accidents may be the leading cause for certain age groups, and deaths from infectious diseases may be increasing. Resorting to statistics on the deadliest "animals", camels are not even in the top 15. Deer and bees (#14-15) cause about 100 deaths each yearly. (00:24:15)


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Outside the Wire picture Outside the Wire mistake picture

Character mistake: The woman with the AK-47 doesn't have the covers on the red dot optic open. In other words, she can't see her target.

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Character mistake: When Bianca's mother leaves the room Bianca says "I'll give you three more seconds to come back" and counts on her finger but she counts backwards starting with one finger, then two then three shown as she says "three, two one." She should have shown three fingers, then two and then one. (00:34:35)

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Character mistake: During the opening fight Jackie lands a punch on her opponent just after the round ends. The referee should've warned her about this as it's illegal in MMA to do this, and he didn't.


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Fear of Rain picture

Character mistake: When searching the database for the missing girl, they find her and it says missing since 7 January 2021. When Caleb read it, he says "missing since February..."

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Character mistake: Immediately after kissing (through masks) and having close contact with JJ, Valeria removed her protective mask and went to check on her sick/crying child. Valeria was clicking her tongue, kissing her child on the face/head and putting her hands around the child's ears/hair. Valeria did not take appropriate preventive measures for contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. (00:18:40 - 00:19:29)


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Character mistake: David Dastmalchian is the Polka-Dot Man, hyphenated in the comics, and in the end credits of the movie. Then again, when Waller threatens to kill everyone off, the name of the character appears in print as Polka Dot Man, no hyphen. (01:49:40)

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Character mistake: In the very beginning at the baseball game the runner is running to second base and the fielder doesn't even try to tag him out. Just runs right by him and gets the ball to the pitcher. (00:00:53)

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Suggested correction: The center fielder missed the ball and the right fielder got it. The second baseman was at the border of the infield and outfield and the right fielder may not have noticed that the short stop moved to cover second base. By this time, the players might have been more concerned over the opposing team scoring a run because a player had advanced to third base. It was a "revealing" mistake or overall "stupidity" by the team as each player was playing "musical positions" moreso than good baseball.


With regard to "revealing", the players may have been instructed to be active on the field and cover bases for each other as needed and this was the "mess" they produced.


Suggested correction: Baseball players make mental errors all the time, even major leaguers.

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I've watched the scene a few times and can't agree or disagree with the mistake, but it certainly doesn't look like a mental error one would see in a game, even a little league game. It just looked like two kids were given directions what to do and the timing might have been off and the director on set didn't bother changing it. (I'm not disagreeing or agreeing with the correction either, just making a statement to help others decide).


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Character mistake: The Captain of the team breaches a door and engages the sniper with her rifle, however it's dry and her weapon just clicks twice. Being a highly trained soldier she should have known her weapon is dry. She's using a IWI Tavor, which has a bolt hold-open mechanism after the last round is depleted from the magazine just like an AR-15 or a Glock handgun. Even if she had 10 rounds in the magazine she should have done a tactical reload since she's entering a new room with unknown hostiles. (01:14:00)

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Suggested correction: I didn't realise till after the engagement she said her gun jammed, hence why it clicked. She didn't enter the room with a dry gun. I didn't realise till the next seen and I had already submitted the mistake. My bad.

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Deadlock picture

Character mistake: Seargent Fulbright and his three member team stormed the front and back doors with weapons drawn and said, "Hey!" followed by "Get down!" seven times, "Get the f - down!" twice, and "Put your f-ing hands in the air!" twice BUT never identified themselves as police officers as required. They arrived in a fake company van, were not wearing police uniforms (just plain jackets with "POLICE" across the back) and had badges on neck chains that were not highly visible and looked more like toys. (00:02:45)


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