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Continuity 

When Tripp sees Mr. Axelrod coming, he packs up and warns Paula about who he is. As he gets up and climbs over to the dock, you can see Tripp isn't wearing any sandals or shoes on his feet. After they get done talking to Mr. Axelrod, Tripp goes to chase Paula, and he suddenly has shoes on. He is not seen putting on shoes in between those two times.
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Character error 

The vet gives the dog the injection from outside the bandage with the needle inverted instead of through his IV.
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The BB gun used in the film is a Red Ryder as produced by Daisy. There is a reference to "pumping" 2 times, however, this is a simple weapon and can only be "pumped" one time.
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On Tripp's car there is no front plate. In Maryland where the film is set, there are license plates on the front of every car.
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Avian CPR is performed with the bird in front of the human's face, tilted slightly away, with one hand supporting its head and the other its body. Ace performs the CPR with the bird on the table as if it were human.
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During a sailing scene, a discussion involving nautical terms refers to turning a sailboat as "jibing" and "coming about" which is in part incorrect. Rather, this discussion should describe the two ways to come about: a "jibe" which is a downwind turn and a "tack" which is an upwind turn.

Continuity 

On the evening that Tripp prepares dinner, his parents and Paula are seated at the table. Tripp stands to announce a toast with a glass of wine in his left hand. He switches it to his right hand as he starts the toast, but during the announcement the glass disappears and reappears at the end of the toast.
When Tripp and Jeffrey are drinking under the boat, Tripp takes the plastic rings off of his beer and throws it on the ground. In the close-up of Tripp drinking his beer, the plastic rings are still attached to his beer.
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After Tripp and Paula get off the boat, when they were caught by the actual owner, a close up shot shows Tripp's arm around Paula, and then a long shot, his arm is not around her.
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Kit's right arm as she and Paula have a drink; also, her left index finger is pointed in one shot then isn't in the next.
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During the entire sailing scene, the boat cuts through the water in some shots but is stationary in other shots.
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The level of Al's cereal and the position/amount of Tripp's scrambled eggs and pancakes during breakfast.
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The shots of Tripp with Mr. Axelrod and of Mr. Axelrod first walking toward the boat were clearly shot later in the day from the other shots in the scene.
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When Paula is talking to Tripp's parents, and they are drinking iced tea, the amount in the glasses change, and Sue's lemon changes positions.
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When Tripp is eating with his friends, Tripp changes between having his fork in his hand, to nothing in his hand, to having a drink in his hand, back to nothing, without showing him switching items.
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Near the end, when Paula and Tripp are talking as everyone eavesdrops, the action figures on the shelf behind Paula change positions between shots.
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Jeffrey is missing at least one of his front teeth until the end when he has all of them.
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When Kit and Ace are attempting to revive the bird, Ace pulls the bird's beak apart. The following shots alternate between an open and closed mouth bird.
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Towards the end of the movie when Tripp and Paula are having the conversation with Tripp tied to the chair, Paula's make-up keeps changing. She has different eye make-up and different lipstick color.
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When Kit is talking to Paula in the kitchen after Paula breaks up with Tripp, Kit pulls up the right side of her sweater onto her shoulder; however, when the camera shows her again, it's off her shoulder; then, when Paula walks out of the kitchen, the sweater is back on her shoulder.
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When Tripp is in the water with the dolphin at the end, the position of his sunglasses changes repeatedly between shots. At some points they've disappeared altogether.
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In the dinner scene with Paula and Tripp's parents, Tripp drains all of his wine. A few shots later, his glass is 1/4 full of wine though he never picked up the bottle to add more.
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When Tripp is tied up in the chair, the camera cuts to a shot of his feet turning him to his right, putting the stairs in the background directly behind him. The camera cuts to a head shot of Tripp showing the stairs on his left, but then it cuts back to his feet and shows the stairs directly behind him again as he taps his right foot.
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When Tripp is bitten by the chuckwalla, he is seen being bitten on his right index finger on the anterior aspect, but once he wakes up after the fall it is his right middle finger that is covered in blood, and there are other times where his index finger is clearly seen with no injury.
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When Paula and Tripp are walking into his parents' house, there are two cars parked across the street, but when they enter the house a few seconds later, the cars are gone.
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When Paula leaves Tripp's house, she knocks over the vase with her left shoulder, but then is seen continuing to knock it over and trying to catch it with her right hand, going backwards. Even if she was walking forward and tried to turn to catch it, her right arm would have gone in back, not front.
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In the kitchen scene, there is a white Le Creuset tea pot heating water on the stove top. It is missing the whistler cap from the spout, yet when it is off camera, you hear it whistle to signify the water is boiling. Whistling is impossible without that cap.
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Tripp's glasses move while he relaxes with Paula at the chair store.
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At the end of the paint ball scene, Paula's jacket goes from being on to around her waist as she walks towards the guys.
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When Tripp cooks dinner, he puts an artichoke in a boiling pot. When he serves dinner, there's not a single artichoke on the dinner table.
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The time on Terry Bradshaw's watch keeps changing during the scene at the table.
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In the scene where Kit and Paula are in the kitchen talking about Paula's fun day out boating with Tripp, the bottle of Moet champagne on the kitchen counter moves so that the label is facing the camera.
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The first time Tripp and Paula are on the boat, Tripp jibes, and the mainsail and boom re-set but he never releases and trims the jib.
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During the vet office visit, the vet tech hands Paula the same tissue 2 times between scenes.
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In the final aerial shot of the boat, all sails are up. In the previous scene, the character played by Sarah Jessica Parker takes at least one sail down in a panicky mode.
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When Ace tells Tripp he's afraid of love, he's about to take a bite of food, but when the camera cuts, he's already taken the bite and returned his hand back down to his plate.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Tripp is showing the boat to the couple, a reflection of a person sitting (wearing jeans and work boots) in a director's chair is showing on one of the boats.
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Errors in geography 

The movie supposedly takes place in Baltimore, MD, yet when they go to Ace's house, there are palm trees in the yard.
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The movie supposedly takes place in Baltimore, MD yet they go to a New Orleans Zyphers-Omaha Royals baseball game. The Royals never visit the East Coast.
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Factual errors 

Towards the end of the movie we find out that Justin Bartha's character, Ace, bought his house from his parents to avoid having to pay the inheritance tax when they pass away. The Federal inheritance tax in 2006 was on inheritances starting at $2 million. There are state inheritance taxes as well, but Maryland, where this movie is supposed to take place, exempts direct descendants of those receiving the inheritance from the tax.
When Tripp is showing Paula how to shoot the paintball marker, he is clearly rolling the trigger with the marker not shooting, apparently not on, but in the next shot when Paula gets the marker, she shoots Ace in the foot. Since the marker is electric, you have to cut it on to shoot it. You couldn't see either one of them cutting the marker on. Without cutting it on, Paula shooting the marker would actually be impossible.
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The coffee shop patrons watch the real-time showdown between Tripp and Paula on the jumbo screen via Ace's laptop as a series of shots, which is impossible.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the closing scene, the sails on the boat are up while the boat remains motionless.
Obvious stunt double when Tripp is riding the bike - the stunt performer has a tattoo above his right ankle.
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When Tripp and Paula come back from a date, they go to Paula's house and see Kit on the balcony. Kit is supposed to be nude, but you can see that her chest is covered through the branches.
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Some shots of the surveillance video have "TCG" plus numbers at the bottom of the screen. TCG stands for "time code generator" and is only created in post production, as in an editing program. It would never appear as live video. From the format, it appears to be generated by the Final Cut Pro NLE software.
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In the scene where Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates are cuddling, the body stocking that Kathy is wearing is obvious (between her arm and her neck/face)
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When Ace fires up the laptop computer to spy on Tripp and Paula, the computer screen changes screens before Ace actually presses the key on the keyboard to do so.
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The same car is used by both Demo and Kit, when it is supposed that they each own their own car.
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When Tripp is grabbed off his surfboard by the dolphin, he is pulled to his right, meaning the dolphin grabbed his right foot; however, in the next scene, he is shown being pulled along by his left ankle.

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