I am saddened to see so many negative reviews for this excellent movie. I think our culture today really needs more movies like this. Great lessons in a life well lived with priorities in order. Demonstrates the importance of family and our loved ones around us. Gentle, and humorous, look into the life of one family, the memories they made together, and how they bonded. The father character is a great role model for men- and for women- of loving but firm parenting. This movie sets forth a vision all parents would do well to grab a hold of. One reviewer mentioned that we all need Jesus and the movie says otherwise. I'm not sure where that observation comes from, as the movie does not speak about Jesus. I don't see this movie as meant to be a Gospel tract, but as one illustrating family life. I believe even Christians today need this; because we come to Christ does not mean we automatically have a healthy vision for our families, and this movie provides such a vision. I'm not sure if it is has any links to the LDS community or not, but I don't think this matters as much as people try to make it out to seem. How many excellent movies that have changed our worldviews were put out by atheists? What matters, is that the movie does not bring such specific beliefs into the story, if it was indeed put out by LDS community, which it doesn't. Overall, excellent movie of which I believe our current society needs more of.
There is a scene where a child gets runned over by a car. You can see the car going up and down and he gets runned over TWICE. The scene shows the child laying on the floor and his sibling (2 brothers) get in the car and the brother driver, runs his brother over accidentally. I was very upset by seeing this terrible part and I know children would be too. Just that one part spoiled the entire movie for me! My son (22) said the movie makers; shouldn't have put that scene in the movie.
A fabulous story! After we finished watching it, we found that it was a true story. This, to me, is what family is all about... the way it used to be... the way we need it to be today. I highly recommend this DVD for family members of all ages.
At times I felt the dad was a little TOO strict, but all in all, I'd rather err in that direction, than go the way of the world today where children have an attitude of entitlement early on. We need more responsible members of society, and this is the only way that will happen.