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The 'Burbs (1989) Poster

(1989)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the family sits down to breakfast, Art tracks some crow in his backyard with a Daisy pump action BB/pellet gun. He fires several shots that sound like a rifle.
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When Dr. Klopek is ascending from the basement and they focus on his shadow on the opposite wall, the shadow behaves against the laws of physics: Since he is walking AWAY from the light source behind him, his shadow should be getting smaller. A shadow only gets larger if you are walking TOWARD the light source, with the shadow on the wall behind you.
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Character error 

Art told Ray that he slipped a note underneath the klopeks door and Ray said he had also slipped a note underneath Walters door when in fact he actually slipped it into the mail slot not under the door.
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Continuity 

At the end of the film, Ray comments on Carol's shorter haircut. In her last scene, her hair is back to its original length.
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In the breakfast scene Art re-calls his conversation with "the real estate broad that sold them the place". Later the Dr. Klopek describes killing the Nap's and taking the house from them. If this were true the house would not have been put on the market and there would not have been a real estate agent to speak with.
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The pineapple and tray under Art's arm change positions between shots.
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When Ray and Carol talk in their parked Jeep, the headrests are missing. They appear as they pull out of the driveway.
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After the explosion, the bandage around Ray's head moves up and down.
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During and after the scene with the bees, Walter walks towards his door three times.
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When the group hears the doctor's footsteps in the Klopek's living room, Carol, in the background, removes her left arm from a piece of covered furniture. In the next shot, Carol removes the same arm from the same furniture.
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When Art cuts the power lines, Mark is wearing a green beret. In the next scene on the roof, his beret is black. A few moments later, it's green again.
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Walter rides home in a car with different license plates on the front and the back.
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At breakfast, Art says that he spoke to the estate agent that sold the house to the Klopeks. But later in the film, Dr. Klopek says that he "took" the house from them after offering to buy it.
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Before climbing to post Art didn't have any ring on his fingers. Later, when he was burgling Klopek's house with Ray, we could see wedding ring on his left hand.
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When Ray approached Klopek's back door there was a crowbar beside wall. In next shot there was shovel in same place.
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Mark's rifle changes direction when it slides down the roof.
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When Ray hits the gas line in the Klopec's basement, only a few seconds pass until he is running out of the house. There is no way that a sufficient amount of natural gas could have built up in that short time that would have resulted in such a massive explosion.
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When Carol is walking up the street trying to find Ray at the end of the film, an unmarked Ford LTD police car is seen parked outside her house with its lights on. Later, she and Ray are sitting in front of it as the detective lists the charges against Ray, and the lights are off. At the end of the scene, another detective turns them on again for no reason, as the car does not go anywhere.
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Errors in geography 

Walter rides home in a car with Illinois plates. One scene shows mountains in the background. Before the end credits, the camera zooms out on a map placing them near Des Moines, Iowa.
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Factual errors 

The bird Art tries to shoot vocalizes like a crow, but is actually a raven.
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Miscellaneous 

When Art jumps over the hedge into the Klopek's yard, you can see that he jumps onto something that propels him over the hedge.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Carol goes away with Dave (Carol and Ray's son) about halfway through the movie so that Ray, Mark and Art can carry on with their plan to find Walter at the Klopec's house. Later, after the house explodes from the gas main that Ray broke, Carol returns without their son who left with her hours earlier. Presumably, he stayed behind with the relatives they were mentioned as going to visit.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Art and Ray are in the basement, talking about the incubus and succubus, Art accidentally hits the lamp, causing it to swing back and forth. As the light slows down, a crew member hits the lamp again to keep it swinging.
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At the beginning, when the paper boy is riding down their street, the camera gives a view straight down the street. The sign says "Mayfield Pl.", but it is positioned to show the cross street, not the street they live on.
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When the Klopec's house explodes, the manner in which it explodes reveals that it is only a shell, a facade, barely holding together just to make the explosion look more dramatic.
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Ray came out of Klopek's house one minute after explosion with his right eye completely closed. It's impossible to get such a big swell in such a short time.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

Garbage is thrown out of a truck, and stays on the street for the entire film. At the end, when the house blows up, the garbage is gone.
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Revealing mistakes 

The cloth on the bones moves a bit before Corey pulls it back.
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