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10 Mistakes in Romantic Movies That Only a True Detective Can Spot

Every film made involves an enormous amount of work and responsibility. The work of hundreds of professionals who give their best efforts to make the work look as good as possible is really immeasurable. And it is normal that sometimes little details are missed that only people with a privileged view or a lot of free time could detect.

At Bright Side, we compiled for you some narrative gaps and other types of mistakes that only highly trained people could spot in the romantic movies we’ve watched over and over again.

1. P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You is about a woman who lives with the aching memory of her deceased husband who apparently changes the objects on the wall from one place to another. Specifically, when Hilary Swank receives her dry cleaning, a picture of balloons can be seen which in the next shot magically changes to be one of a bird.

2. The Notebook

The Notebook is one of the most popular romantic movies of this century. So many people have seen it over and over again. But hardly anybody noticed that the moment Allie runs to the sea, her hair is completely dry, but then in the next shot, it’s suddenly wet without it even being hit by a wave.

3. La La Land

The opening number of La La Land is so overwhelming that it is difficult to stop and analyze all the details it contains. However, there is a small continuity error that gives away that the shots were recorded on different days. After the instant in which the song stops with the woman in the yellow dress, in the following camera movement, the shadows of the dancers are in the opposite direction to their original position.

4. A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember portrays a classic early 2000s teen romance, led by actors Shane West and Mandy Moore. Their love for each other seems to be so magical that it makes objects disappear, as when Jamie’s character enters the scene, she appears with a backpack on her back that once the shot changes, disappears.

5. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! brought back to the game some of ABBA’s greatest songs, and by mixing them with a great Hollywood cast, it became a huge success. That doesn’t leave it free of certain mistakes, like when during the song Money, Money, Money, once Meryl Streep’s character enters the kitchen you can see a newspaper resting on the table that disappears in the next shot.

6. Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet is a romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried, in which she tries to help Vanessa Redgrave’s character find a love she experienced in her youth. In a scene that both characters share, Redgrave’s character irons the protagonist’s hair. But while in the first shot, when she pulls all her hair back, a few small strands are left on Amanda’s neck, in the next shot her hair is entirely tied back.

7. 50 First Dates

50 First Dates was a movie that we all loved, both for its sweet narrative and for the excellent chemistry that Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore share on screen. The story had such a grip on us that we were unable to notice the sudden transformation from a glass of water to a cup of coffee from one scene to the next.

8. My Best Friend’s Wedding

My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of the most remembered romantic comedies of the ’90s, and it was a great success for Julia Roberts after the great success of Pretty Woman.

Its love story is so captivating that it is difficult to notice the little mistakes it may have; for example, in the scene where Jules catches up with Michael at the train station, you can see 2 employees pass by with a silver suitcase before she sits down next to him. These exact same people walk by the same place again once she takes her seat.

9. Love Actually

Love Actually is a romantic comedy of great scope, with a large cast and a repertoire of stories as touching as they are interesting. In a production of this scale, it is normal for some details to slip through the cracks. One example of that is the scene in which Andrew Lincoln’s character shows Keira Knightley the video of their wedding. When he plays the video, there are other devices on top of the TV, which magically disappear, when the video ends and returns to the shot.

10. Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a romantic movie that is well-known for the seemingly impossible love between the bookseller played by Hugh Grant and the movie star played by Julia Roberts.

In the popular scene in which the 2 collide and stain their clothes with orange juice, their encounter ends with a kiss in Grant’s apartment, who still has the stained shirt. However, in the next shot, when Roberts leaves, the magic of love apparently removes clothing stains. The lesson to take away here seems to be that if you want clean shirts, you just have to fall in love.

Do you usually notice these kinds of mistakes in films, and do you think they are serious mistakes or can they be overlooked if we like the movie?

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Please note: This article was updated in December 2021 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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