It's kind of funny, I first saw this movie on cable TV (HBO) shortly after it had come out. I was 19 years old, bored to death, watching it because nothing else was on and I was waiting for my dad to get ready to go somewhere. At some point early on, he asked, "What are you watching?" and I replied, "Some really dumb 'family' comedy starring a too-cute kid in an absurd situation." (Yes, I really did talk like that as a teen.) So he comes into the living room after showering and shaving, it's the end of the movie, and I'm on the couch with a pillow over my face trying desparately to hide the fact that I'm bawling like a dork. The part where they stop the truck and let Alvie on just really hit me. It was so contrived, so obvious, but man, it got me.