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July 21, 2008


If you’ve met me and I’ve told you this before, then you already know that I am an avid moviegoer with an eagle’s eye for detail. Keeping that in mind, please take my word for it when I say that it seems like 2008 is shaping up to be the Year of the Flub. Why, you’re certainly asking, would I make such a bold and potentially controversial claim? Because it’s true! Here are just a few of the flubs, goofs, and fuck-ups I’ve noticed so far this year:

WALL-E – During the scene when WALL-E first sees EVE, there’s a boom mic in the shot.

The Happening – For 10 minutes in the middle of the movie, without any explanation, Mark Wahlberg’s iconic character of Elliot Moore is played by a shirtless fat guy eating corn on the cob.

Stop-Loss – Osama Bin Laden isn’t the prime minister of Iraq.

Iron Man – During the scene when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) begs Lt. Colonel James Rhodes (Terrence Howard) to check his balls to make sure there isn’t any shrapnel in them, Robert Downey Jr. breaks character and begins to giggle several times.

21 - All the playing cards used to play "blackjack" in this film are clearly from a novelty UNO deck featuring illustrations of various Pokemon characters.

Cloverfield – The Statue of Liberty normally has a head. Why did the filmmakers think we wouldn’t notice such a glaring err … hold on ... what’s that roaring? … it sounds like … No! Look! Up there! Oh my God! Oh my God! It’s alive!

The Dark Knight – It seems out of character when Batman throws a hissyfit after his cape tears slightly.

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan – In the scene after the closing credits, when Nick Fury asks Zohan if he’d like to join the Avenger Initiative, Nick Fury’s eyepatch keeps switching eyes.

Sex and the City – Women aren’t really like that!

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour - During the scene when Hannah Montana is berating her bassist with a five-minute, profanity-laced tirade for flubbing a note during the previous song (“Pumpin’ Up the Party”), her wig slips and you can see some of Miley Cyrus’s brown hair.

Meet the Spartans – This isn’t a confirmed flub, but Greek History scholars aren’t all 100% in agreement that Leonidas, King of Sparta, ever kicked Britney Spears into a pit.