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Factual errors 

Early in the film, there is talk about donating Elizabeth's organs. If they really intended to do that, she wouldn't have been taken off of the ventilator, causing permanent hypoxic damage to the organs. Instead, she would've been declared brain dead, the organs would've been harvested soon after, then she would have been disconnected from the vent.
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Character error 

In the last scene where Matt, Alexandra and Scottie are sitting on the couch together- Matt says to Scottie "Strawberry, Mocha Chip," but Scottie is actually eating vanilla (or similar to vanilla's color) ice cream.
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Continuity 

As Matt is running down the beach when Brian approaches, the beach is "natural". As Brian passes, the beach over Matt's shoulder has been raked, specifically where Brian is running. As Matt turns and chases Brian, the beach is "natural" again.
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When Matt meets Brian for the first time in the beach house, Brian is wearing a blue and white checkered shirt. While talking alone in the kitchen, the back collar of the shirt alternates between down and folded up between shots.
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When Matt is running on the beach and passes Brian Speer, he is wearing shoes. When Matt chases Brian and runs back to his own place, Matt is running barefoot.
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When Matt is at his neighbor's house, all of the chairs have cushions. When he sits down, his chair has no cushion.
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After Julie has left the hospital room and Matt is looking at Elizabeth, her right hand is away from her left. In the next shot, from behind Elizabeth, her right hand is turned closer to her left, even though she can't move her hands.
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On the plane to the island to meet Brian Speer, Cousin Hugh is clearly seated in the row directly behind the actors.
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The door next to Elizabeth's room is almost closed after Alex comes out. When Alex goes back into the room with Scottie, the door is more open and a blue dispenser bottle is next to a small white hand towel.
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When Matt and Alexandra talk with Robert Forster's character on his back porch, he changes seats at the table between shots. Between cuts he moves from the chair nearest the lake, to the chair closest to the sun room, back to the chair nearest the lake.
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When Matt talks to Elizabeth alone in her hospital room, Elizabeth's mouth is open in the far shot, but closed in the close-up.
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When Matt approaches Julie as she stands on the beach watching her kids, her hands are on her hips, with her thumbs facing forward. After Matt comments the kids are a handful, her hands are still on her hips but her thumbs are facing backward.
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After Matt learns of his wife's infidelity, he runs over to his neighbors' house to get more information. He wears flip-flops on his feet while running. When he walks back to his house after seeing the neighbors, he is wearing moccasins.
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Errors in geography 

The credits thank Oahu County, which does not exist. The island of Oahu is in Honolulu County.
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Factual errors 

The resort models shown could not be built. Kaua'i's "coconut tree" building law states that new construction cannot be more than 4 stories tall.
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Spoilers 

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Continuity 

The ashes are scattered in the sea with three leis. In one shot, Scottie's large white flowered lei is in the middle. In the next shot, from underwater, a different lei is in the middle.
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Continuity 

When the ashes are scattered in the sea, Alexandra's hair is in a side braid in a close-up, and in a bun in the long shot.
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