"Ben Stiller's character is intensely people-pleasing. He is trying to please the parents and placate the family until finally he can't do it; it is killing him. We have all experienced this. We are in the middle of some scene in our lives and we are thinking, 'how did I get here? What in the world would have ever prompted me to do this?' The hilarious clashes between the families in this movie are merely the acting out of the crazy, unconscious beliefs in the mind. To the extent that we become identified with the characters, it is hell."