I just watched this last night on video, and really enjoyed it. I went online and a number of critics were really scathing about it. For the record, I really hated Terms of Endearment (another Brooks film), thought that was really manipulative, but I enjoyed this. The kids who acted in the film were great. Tea Leoni was a revalation, she was very good, and funny! Paz Vega was really good, radiant. Chloris Leachman was a hoot, I want to see more of her (loved her a lifetime ago on MTM), and Adam Sandler was good too (haven't seen Punch Drunk Love yet, don't watch the other kind of movie he's been in). The writing was superb.What does anyone else think?