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Errors in geography 

Throughout the movie, the characters make reference to being in Wisconsin, but when Chet and the kids go to visit the old man for his 109th birthday, Chet refers to the man as the oldest living person in Canada.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Roman is about to get in his car at the end of the movie, it is already running, yet when he closes the door, the car is heard starting off-screen.
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When Chet is explaining water skiing to Ben, one shot shows the boat in the background behind the two while they are talking. Although the boat is heard idling, it clearly is not running in this shot (the blower belt is not turning).
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Character error 

When Chet is throwing up, Roman (Dan Aykroyd) can be seen giving a cue for the other actors in the scene to run away.
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Continuity 

In the scene where Roman and the girls are sitting in the boat, Katie is wearing a halter but when the boat takes off she is wearing a jacket. In the next shot of the boat she is wearing just the halter again.
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When the car is parking inside the four trees at the start of the film the right rear side of the car is an inch or two away from hitting the tree, but when the doors open the tree is a foot or two away.
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The lampshade on the lamp-gun that Chet shoots the bear with, near the end of the movie, suddenly disappears right before it is shot.
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The position of the curtains when the bear has knocked the door down and Candy is trapped underneath.
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When Roman is driving back to the cabin to make amends with Chet, it is a torrential downpour. But the reflection in the windshield of the car reveals blue skies with some scattered clouds.
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Connie's dress falls on the floor when Chet is seducing her, but when Roman and his family show up, Chet takes the dress off the counter.
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When Chet and Roman are drinking at the bar the bartender starts pouring a shot of vodka into a rocks glass. When the camera cuts back from Reg, he's making a dark colored mixed drink in a high ball glass.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After Chet starts the speedboat and Roman yells "You got it in Neutral!", Chet pushes the throttle forward. When the boat speeds up the ramp, a cord is visible attached to the boat, possibly pulling it up the ramp.
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Factual errors 

Roman tells Chet that when he lost everything, he had to surrender his seat on 'the exchange', and that he now wears a blue runner's jacket at work, and fetches coffee. Regardless of which exchange he is referring to (CME or CBOT), runners' jackets are 'gold' (Orange), not blue.
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Miscellaneous 

When Chet is skiing and jumps the bushes, a small ski ramp is visible.
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Buck is shown at the carnival in a steady downpour of rain, although neither he nor any of the people are wet.
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Revealing mistakes 

A stick being waved under the bear's chin to make it knock down the cabin door.
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When Chet starts to waterski Ben yells out, "Dad, let go of the rope!" Before he says that you can tell by the people in the background that the scene is being sped up.
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After Chet finishes the Old 96er and everyone is back at the cabin. Chet runs to the bathroom with everyone chasing him. As the camera pans out, you clearly see Dan Akroyd counting down for everyone to scream and run out of the cabin.
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When Chet and his family open the vehicle doors and hit all of the trees, two of them shake as if they were props.
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When they pull up at the bear dump, the girls asleep in the back change positions.
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