Goofs from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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- At the beginning of the movie, when the mother is driving by the billboards, and then backing up, and then going forward again, the head above the driver's headrest changes height from where the actual actress' head reaches - driving double.
- In a scene near the end of the film that takes place in the Town Pump Tavern, Crop Haired Guy and Pal are sitting in a booth having bottles of beer. The label on their beer is from the Duck Rabbit Brewing Company which is not distributed outside of the North Carolina area where this movie was shot. This beer is not available in Missouri.
- When Dixon is at home lying on the sofa and talking to his mother, he has a sandwich in his hands but on the next shot he only has a piece of ham.
- In the final scene as Mildred is leaving Robbie's room, he has Xbox 360 games on top of his TV but a PS3 controller.
- The green locomotive that passes in the background has the logo of GSMR for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (www.gsmr.com) in North Carolina. This railroad does not go through Missouri.
- There are no mountains in Missouri like those in the film. Even in the Ozarks deep in southern Missouri, the mountains are much rounder.
- Dental drills are operated by a foot pedal. The dentist could have easily let go of the pedal and prevent her from drilling into his nail.
- In the scene at the school where a student throws a drink can on to Mildred's windshield, the windshield is clean in the next cut.
- After Dixon tells Mildred that the DNA sample wasn't a match, she says that "she was glad to have had hope for a day" (or words to that effect). DNA comparison tests take several months to complete. '
- It would have taken Dixon many months to recover from burns. Yet he is is bar a week or so after fire in police station when McDermond is having dinner with midget.
- When the mail assistant hands Red the envelope of money she is heard talking but when the camera pans to her she is not moving her lips.
- The billboards themselves have continuity issues. At the beginning of the movie, Red states that the last renter was Huggies in 1986. We have seen in a drive-by scene that the first billboard actually looks like an ad for a life insurance agency. In thirty years of non-use, the billboards certainly would have been in much worse shape. The metal and wood would have been more twisted by the Missouri winters and windstorms and tornadoes. Much more of the paper would have stripped away, and graffiti would be likely found on what was left. Moreover, once the new lettering is in place, there is also a new black border of wood or metal around the display area on the boards; a character as cheap as Red would not likely have spent money in upgrading the structures.
- Although arson could happen at a police station, it couldn't have happened as portrayed in the movie. Police stations do not close. They are an around the clock operation, for obvious reasons.
- When the dentist said that Mildred's wobbly tooth had to come out, he started to drill. You don't pull teeth with a drill.
- Mildred had a tooth that needed to be pulled or perhaps some serious dental work done to it. Shortly thereafter (maybe the next day) she had no problems with it. Those sort of things don't get better without treatment. Perhaps Mildred faked her dental problem so she could get at the dentist after hearing that he was one of the people making complaints about her and the billboards.
- Contrary to popular belief, the police stations in small towns are not open 24/7. Dispatch operations and jails are often handled by the county sheriff, with the police station open to the public only during business days and hours. Any officers on duty after business hours are usually only in the station at the start and end of their shifts, or when they have to take care of paperwork.
- Even when Geoffrey pressed charges, Mildred was not arrested.
- The new superintendent was asked to show the papers. He didn't show but officers still believed.
- When Mildred stops the car at the burning billboards she gets out with a fire extinguisher and tells her son to go to the house and bring back additional fire extinguishers. He does this in less than two minutes which would be impossible since the scene is filmed in real time.
- The grass where Angela's body was would not be black, it would be green almost a year later like all the other grass around it.
- When the police station is torched, the person who would be a prime suspect is approached by the new chief. The chief asks one question, he gets an answer and corroboration from one person, and the matter is dropped. Any rookie police officer would find gasoline odors on the suspect's hands within 10 seconds and felony charges would soon follow.
- The burning billboards are Hollywood trickery. Fires do not burn just on one side of a wooden billboard. The amount of flames would have burned through them, leaving jagged pieces of wood and ash. Secondly, the billboards showed no structural damage when the surface was being papered again. There is no way that the billboards would just have had burned paper and not the wooden structure beneath it also.