I went into watching this looking for a movie that would be good and not as long as Titanic, my other option. This movie had so much depth, so much emotion, and so many layers. Vada is a hypochondriac- due to the fact that she lives in a funeral home, her father is getting remarried, she gets her first period, and her best friend dies. At one point, sex is illuded, though not said right out "My mommy and daddy did that?" "Yes, but without it there would be on Vada" The real trial is when Thomas J. dies, the grief will make you sob and howl. I would not personally let my future children watch this until they are at least my age, possibly older if they are very emotional. When Vada was first told about Thomas J., tears welled up in my eyes. Before long I was full out sobbing- this movie illustrates beautifully what it must be like to lose a close friend- especially when you lost your mother os early on.