This is one of those movies that sucks you in. The direction, writing, acting, and elements like art direction are all over the place. My wife and I almost bailed about 20 minutes into the film.
The quirky characters, and basically a good story kept us in. At times a scene would work, and work well and then the next scene would be a disaster with over the top writing, a lack of direction and non-existent acting.
There are fact dumps, over the top PC moments, a very scary post plastic Tara Reid, a PC Dennis Haskins are some of the negatives, yet the chemistry with some of the children, and story line make parts of this movie work.
I've seen this reviewed as a romantic dramady which is about right.
If you like a character driven movie, with some interesting characters you might like this movie.