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(2007)

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Anachronisms 

When Mr. Brooks and Marshall are doing research on the computer about Tracy Atwood, it shows her age listed as 38 and her birthday as Nov 11, 1972. However, it shows that she was sued for support by Jesse Viaol on March 20, 2006. At that time she would be 33 years old. During the movie they show her being served with papers for this claim. Her date of birth and age are obviously wrong as the movie would have take place sometime after November 11th, 2010 and before November 11th, 2011. Since they show Jesse and Tracy not only dealing with the issue currently (not for over 4 years) but has Captain Lister telling Tracy she'll be put on desk duty until it's sorted out, they've obviously made an error.
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Character error 

A door chain must be installed so the door has to be fully closed before it's possible to disengage the chain; and with the chain engaged, the door must only open wide enough to see who is outside, but does not allow a hand to be pushed through the gap. Yet in more than one residence, these vital rules have been disobeyed.
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Continuity 

In the scene where the murder victim swings out of the ceiling and hits Demi Moore in the face, blood is streaming out of her broken nose. In subsequent shots, the blood has completely disappeared and she is not bleeding at all.
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When Mr Brooks is driving Mr Smith around for the first time, it is raining heavily, yet when they drive past a new car dealership, none of the cars are wet and the coin op car wash across the street is full of people washing their cars.
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When Mr. Brooks kills the first couple, the lamp inside the room is turned on. However, after he kills the couple, the room is dark and the lamp is off. The lamp later appears turned on in the photograph. The reflection of the lamp which appears turned off can also be seen right after the couple gets killed.
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On the way to the cemetery when Mr. Smith pulls his gun on Mr. Brooks the hammer is pulled back. During their conversation Mr. Smith pulls the already cocked hammer back again.
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During the car chase after the abduction of Atwood, the white van contacts a number of other vehicles causing significant damage to the van. At the end of this sequence the van is seen escaping but without any obvious sign of damage to the van.
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After the Man of the Year ceremony, Mrs. Brooks takes the ring on her right ring finger off and puts it into her jewelery box, when the camera changes angles, she is seen taking the same ring off again.
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When Det. Atwood is taken into the van, the van turns into an alley with the sliding door open. Turning into the next street from the alley, the door is closed. The next shot with the van driving along the street shows the door open again.
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When Earl drives the jeep to Jane's school, you can see the Axe in the car and near it you can see the gear handle is set on PARKING. As the camera goes up, you can clearly see the car is moving and Earl is driving it.
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Before Detective Atwood ever sees any action, her knuckles are scraped and bruised from fighting.
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As Earl is getting out of a taxi, he walks with a cane held with his right hand for a short distance. When he reaches his car, he hooks the cane over his left arm. In the next shot, he's holding the cane in his left hand by its shaft.
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The amount and placement of the displaced earth surrounding the newly dug, empty grave in the cemetery changes between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Mr. Brooks is talking to Jane in his office, you can see the camera man's arm in the window reflection behind Mr. Brooks' desk.
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Errors in geography 

There is a scene where signs for US highways 79 and 80 are prominently shown. Neither highway is anywhere near Portland, Oregon. (Coincidentally, Portland did at one time contain a segment of Interstate 80N, but it is doubtful that the filmmakers planned this to cover the goof; Interstate 80N was in no way related to US highway 80, and it was re-designated as Interstate 84 many years ago). Both US Route 79 and 80 run through Louisiana, where most of this movie was filmed.
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CVS pharmacy signs are visible at various times throughout the movie (most commonly during car rides), like when Mr. Brooks picks up Mr. Smith for the last time. CVS Pharmacies are not present in Portland, where the story is said to take place but are prevalent in L.A. where filming for many movies occurs. They are also common in Louisiana, where much of this film was shot.
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Factual errors 

Mr. Brooks tells Mr. Smith that he left his DNA, in his urine, at the murder scene. However, urine is sterile, it does not contain DNA.
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When Mr. Brooks is reading the paper, the first page contains the story of Meeks's murder-suicide. In the upper section, there is a note about DNA showing Mr. Smith to be the Thumbprint Killer. DNA would take a week to process at very minimum (more likely six to eight weeks), at which point Meeks' story would no longer be breaking news as it is portrayed.
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Miscellaneous 

In the photos Mr. Brooks receives, in which he is closing the curtains, the bodies behind him are already in their posed positions.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The movie is supposed to be set in Oregon, however the license plates on the cars let you know that it can't possibly be Oregon. Oregon license plates have three letters and then three numbers or vice versa. Not two letters and then a number with two numbers and a letter for the second half of the plate. This, however, is a common device in filmmaking, as film producers do not wish to actual registrations. Films shot in New York and Washington almost always feature cars whose license plates fail to conform to registration patterns.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Detective Tracey Atwood's head is stitched it is a visibly huge and nasty head wound which would normally need some bandaging in addition to the stitches. However, in subsequent scenes there are no bandages visible nor is her hair shaved.
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When Mr. Brooks kills his first victims, his gun is not fired at all: There's no breach of the plastic bag from the first shot, no movement of the bag from neither the slide moving nor the shell casing being ejected or movement of the slide at all, so the flash from the gun is obviously CGI. And the shell casings would have been so hot they would have melted through the plastic bag and dropped to the floor.
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In the firefight at the hotel with Atwood, Meeks fires his Colt M1911, with its 7-round clip, 23 times without reloading.
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When Detective Carfano and the Portland Detective go to Mr. Brooks' home to question his daughter Jane about the murder at her school at Stanford, you can hear the doorbell being rung before the two detectives even get to the front door of the house.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Mr. Brooks and Mr. Smith first go into the cemetery, Mr. Brooks hands Mr. Smith the keys so he can get back out. However, after Mr. Brooks kills Mr. Smith, he does not retrieve the keys before rolling Mr. Smith into the grave.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Meeks shoots himself in the head, a spray of blood appears on the wall behind him. In the next shot the blood is gone.
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