The film begins by showing the Beindorfs, Ned (Kevin Pollak), Janet (Jamie Lee Curtis), Grover (Kyle Howard), and Stacy (Amy Sakasitz), a supposedly happy family living a typical family life in the suburbs of Defiance, Ohio. It is revealed that Ned and Janet are not happy and in fact separating although they tell Grover and Stacy it is not a divorce. Grover and Stacy first try to recreate their honeymoon in the basement but this fails to bring any happiness into their relationship. Grover and Stacy then leave the basement telling Ned and Janet they must get another surprise for them upstairs. They go up, close the door, and nail it shut. They vow to keep it so until Ned and Janet work out their problems.