This movie is one of my all time favorites. I understand a lot of people disagree, but this movie is not about Christmas, even though that's what many people think. Its setting takes place during Christmas time, but that is not the point of this movie. The reason why it is my favorite, is because the acting is realistic. They capture the intimacy of what a true family would look like. I understand some of the characters are annoying and unlikable like both Meredith and Amy who represent the extremes, however you are not always supposed to like every character in every movie, otherwise all movies would be boring. Again, just because it takes place on Christmas does not mean that was the point that this movie was trying to make. It makes you look beyond that, it tells a unique, intimate, and unconventional story about life. I think the whole point of this movie was to show intimacy and the ugly side of all families during Christmas. Not just the fake cookies, gifts, and facade that we all put up front about how smooth life is, when its just not.