We purchased this movie a long time ago and still watch it nearly every year before Thanksgiving. It's serious, funny, thought-provoking and human, without being a caricature. I have found that it inspires valuable, (calm!) conversations about cultural differences, racial assumptions, interpersonal relationships, and consequences of choices made by normal people in familiar situations. Viewers may enjoy discovering how much certain everyday items have changed--the video store, the cell phones---but how many things remain the same, like misunderstood teens, holiday-based tensions among family members, hidden reasons for attitudes and behaviors. It's also fun to catch familiar actors in unexpected roles!