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(2016)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

A sign for Woolworth's is seen in several scenes. The retail chain went out of business in 1997.
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Boom mic visible 

Throughout the movie the shadow of the sound mike is seen above the actors heads, in the background.
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Character error 

The father of Gertrude Aldridge is repeatedly referred to as "Sir Aldridge". If this character was a British national who owned a title of knighthood, then he would properly be referred to as "Sir" followed by his first name, not his surname. E.g., Sir John Gielgud was "Sir John" not "Sir Gielgud".
Patty says the subway tunnel runs beneath the jail where the first electric chair execution occurred. The first such execution (of William Kemmler in 1890) was in Auburn, New York, which is nowhere near NYC.
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Continuity 

When you see the second shot of the outside of the Chinese restaurant/Ghostbusters base of operation (right after the subway train encounter), you can see the Ecto in the garage...this is before they even got the car from Patty. However, this mistake was digitally removed for the Blu-ray release.
As the trio celebrate their first supernatural encounter outside the haunted mansion, Erin (coated in slime) hugs Abby and ectoplasm sticks to Abby's clothes. In the next shot as they continue hopping up and down there is no slime on Abby.
The building housing the Ghostbusters office above a Chinese restaurant is shown to be next to a vacant/parking lot. But in one establishing shot from another angle, there is a large building where the parking lot should be.
When Patty character saves Jillian from the flying ghost axe near the end of the film, the 2 characters momentarily swap places with Jillian moving from Patty's left to her right as they fall and then swapping back as they hit the floor.
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Just prior to being slimed by the ghost librarian, Jillian is seen eating potato chips. Whilst the sliming occurs, the chips vanish. After the sliming, the chips return.
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When Patty is showing the other ghost busters where the appearance was in the subway tunnel, her trademark Patty necklace is backwards for one clip, then returns to normal.
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When Erin first meets Holtzmann, Holtzmann is wearing green gloves. She takes off one glove but then both gloves appear in her jacket pocket. The position of the gloves varies between shots as well.
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As they are about to go to the Aldridge mansion Holtzmann is wearing dungarees when she grabs the pack. When they leave the building she is wearing a black leather jacket over the dungarees but we never see her put it on.
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When Kevin spits out the coffee after checking it for sugar Holtzmann is looking up at him but when the angle changes she is looking down at the equipment she is working on.
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When Patty brings the hearse from her Uncle the position of Holtzmann's left arm changes between shots.
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In the pizza scene Holtzmann is drinking a soda but when the camera angle changes she is no longer drinking (extended cut).
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After Holtzmann destroys the ghosts with the laser whips she is standing alone but in the next frame the other 3 Ghostbusters are all standing next to her.
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In Rebecca Gorin's scene, Holtzmann is wearing a contraption on her head when Patty tells them to come up to the roof, but when they reach the roof the contraption has been replaced by Holtzmann's glasses.
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When Rowan is talking to the lady in the hotel and she shows him the rash on her back, it disappears when she turns around after Rowan was looking at the demon in her rash.
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After the meeting with the ghost of Gertrude Aldridge, Erin hugs Abby and she gets the slime from her, but in the next shot it disappears.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Martin Heiss visits the new office, he sits down. In the window behind him, you can see the reflection of a camera light flashing off and on.
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Factual errors 

When Patty is showing the scene of the railroad ghost, her red MTA ID is hanging from her bag. In the MTA, red IDs are for male employees while female employees have blue IDs.
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There is no restaurant across the street from Hook & Ladder No. 8's firehouse.
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Erin pops the Stay Puft marshmallow balloon with a Swiss army knife. There is no way a hole the size of a knife would have made it explode - it would have just deflated while the gas inside leaked from the hole.
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Abby indicates that she smells isotopic decay on one of the fragments in the subway. Isotopes within the same element smell the same.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At first glance, it would seem that Erin has awards from various physics organizations on the wall of her office at Columbia University, but that they all use the exact same formatting, including the same font. Upon closer inspection (high-def Blu-ray helps), they are actually different awards from the same organization ("The American Physical Society"). As such, it would not be unreasonable for them to all have the same formatting and fonts.
Erin says "Mercado" is Spanish for table; mercado is Spanish for market. It's running gag that Erin is really bad at Spanish. Earlier, she mistranslated what the theater janitor was saying when he went past on a gurney.
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Plot holes 

When Abby is being thrown around the alley while testing the proton pack, the position of her hands changes. If she could move her hands enough and still keep hold of it, why didn't she just let go? Her finger wouldn't have been on the trigger any more, so she wouldn't have been in any danger.
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Revealing mistakes 

Someone at the rock concert is filming the ghost with their smartphone, but the screen on the phone is the home screen instead of the scene that they would be filming.
The Graffiti Artist does not appear to switch to a different spray can when drawing the red "no" symbol over the ghost, which he had drawn in black.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Near the end, when Patty and the undertaker are talking about the missing Ecto-1, Patty's lips don't match when she's speaking.

Character error 

When Rowan's mind takes over Kevin's body, there is no reason for him to speak in Kevin's Australian accent.

Continuity 

The window broken by Martin Heiss' defenestration magically repairs itself in time to be broken again when Jillian Holtzmann is pushed through it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Possessed Kevin/Rowan is dancing on top of canopy, around 01:43:48 (Extended version) the camera's shadow is visible on his jeans as it swoops by him.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Prior to the Ghostbusters' battle against Rowan and his ghost army, the team used their proton packs and other equipment to capture ghosts. However, in the battle, their equipment is inexplicably used to destroy the ghosts.
When possessing Abby it appears that Rowan has access to her memories as he knows the identity of the other Ghostbusters (and after possessing Kevin comments on him knowing how to ride a motorcycle). However in their confrontation later, Rowan claims to have not known Kevin's name until it is mentioned to him. This makes sense, however, because Rowan had been following the Ghostbusters' exploits before his first confrontation with them. Kevin is never shown in any of the quartet's in-movie promotional footage, so Rowan would not know of his relationship to the Ghostbusters.
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Plot holes 

All damage to property and people caused by either the portal, Rowan or the Ghostbusters themselves, seems to magically repair itself following the final battle. The people outside the hotel in particular would undoubtedly have been killed when Rowan broke his way out, but there is no indication of this on-screen.
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When the cops & soldiers wake up after the portal closes there is no sign of Kevin until he appears with a sandwich. How did he wake up before the others and why did he not see Holtzmann & Patty directly in front of him?
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Rowan, in Kevin's form, mind-controls an army. He has this army perform a funky dance, rather than using the army to achieve his goal by sending it to kill the Ghostbusters and conquer the city.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Erin and Abby fall into the inter-dimensional gateway and are pulled back out, the hair on their heads has turned stark white, but their eyelashes and eyebrows are unaffected. (Neither character appears to have been wearing heavy eye makeup.)

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