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When they stay in the wrong house...


I really adore the movie, but I've always been curious about the scene in the beginning where they first arrive at the beach house and are woken up late at night after the owners come home and are surprised to find this family of strangers sleeping there.

Now, the landlord told them the keys would be in the mailbox, which they were ... an interesting coincidence since they're not at the right house. If the house wasn't for rent, then why were the keys in the mailbox and why are the owners then surprised to find people in their house? They didn't seem to be expecting any renters.

Do these people just have a habit of leaving their house keys out in the mailbox so anyone can come on in? If they're a set of emergency keys, that's a crackerjack place to keep them.

I understand it's all for the sake of setting up a funny scene and I'm willing to overlook innocent continuity errors in a comedy, but this bit just makes no sense.

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In order to get the laugh I guess you have to sort of look past this. It is possible they also kept keys in the mailbox, maybe typical for the summer, maybe the guy had family that might come and stay and kept keys there also. Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy.

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Maybe they rented it out and told the renters to leave the spares in the box. That's how I always took it. It's not like the owner could use it all the time prob just rents if a few weeks to pay for the place.

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Or if they had someone come by to check on the house, get mail or water plants or something. They could have kept them in the mailbox for that.

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Suspension of disbelief in s silly comedy. Rest your brain and just enjoy the movie

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I think the entire scene was unnecessary, it was just filler. They could have just shown up in the correct house in the first place. Also, this is listed under goofs.

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It's be a pretty short movie without this. It is barely 1hr 20mins as it is.

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Oh.

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