This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. I watched it alone. I laughed outloud and I cried. In my book that is a good movie. I could imagine people saying it's hackneyed at times. It seems to be in New England in the fall. Dan's parents are upperclass with luxuries such as a large lake home, kayaks, etc. The extended family gathers there for their annual reunion and play football in the front yard, exercise together, and have a talent show. The easy lifestyle makes for more emotional issues and that is what the movie is about.