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(2003)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Nathan and Carrie are signing out, Nathan says 'excuse me miss,' once, then when it cuts to the black screen the same audio plays again.
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The shot guy's (Nate's) blood is too high on the door in a later scene when Benny comes to that room to help the girl (Acadia).
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Boom mic visible 

When the three girls are getting their trays in the cafeteria, there is a male student standing to the left. The microphone pole casts a shadow on the back of his neck.
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Continuity 

When a student is shot in the chest the bullet exits through his back. However, when he falls over there is no blood or entry wound where he was shot.
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The delivery and pacing of the dialogue the Librarian gives to the student changes in different versions of the scene.
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When John runs from the school (past the dog) check out the concrete pathways. The first time they are pretty much dry. The second time it looks like it has just been raining - they are very wet.
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When John is going out from the school (first scene, the dog one) Alex and Eric are coming to the school with the bags of weapons, they all are walking in the concrete path. In the second scene (which is supposed to be the same) they all are on the grass section, but when the camera returns to John, magically he's on the concrete path again.
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When Nate is first shown at the GSA meeting, he is seen wearing a tan shirt, then later when he walks to the door and is shot, he is wearing a blue shirt. When you see him laying on the floor after Benny enters the classroom, he's wearing a tan shirt again.
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The shirt that Nate is wearing when he is shot is not the shirt he is wearing when the GSA is having a discussion.
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There's too much time between the two guys (Alex and Eric) encountering the blond guy (in the yellow T-shirt) and arriving in the library - in an earlier scene they are arriving just after the guy with the camera.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Michelle is show pushing a trolley of books in the library over to a shelf just after the photographer walks in, you can see the yellow and white tape markings on the floor that indicate where she is supposed to stop the trolley and were she is to stand to stack the shelf.
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At the beginning of the film, when John tells his dad that he wants to take over driving he walks over to the drivers side of the car. When he opens the door to get his dad out, 2 members of the crew can be seen in the reflection of the wing mirror.
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When Nathan is walking from the football field to the school, you can see tracks in the grass from the dolly used in a previous take. However, the tracks do not follow the same path as the take shown in the film.
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Factual errors 

Alex and Eric order the gun online, which is illegal as you would either have to have it sent to a federally licensed gun dealer, or they would have to have a federal firearms license (FFL).
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When Elias exits the darkroom, the director takes a lot of care to show how real photographers shake their film and tap it on the counter twice. Yet, developing film takes much longer than the scene shows, and involves several steps of different chemistry. The film has to dry in a contained area where dust cannot cover it, and you definitely cannot cut the film while it is still wet and go straight to making a print. The negative would be ruined.
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When Eli is developing his roll of film, the width is too wide for 135 mm film; it looks more like 120/220 film.
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Continuity 

When Nate walks into the halls during the shooting, he stands in front of the classroom door. When he is shot the bullet exits, as is clear from his wounds. However, the door shows no sign of being hit by the exiting bullet.
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