I, for one, am glad that the movie was made. I agree, the acting was bad, and I later came to realize (after reading Ray Coleman's book) that this movie is loosely based on the lives of Karen and Richard... but if it hadn't been for this movie, I likely wouldn't be the Carpenters fan that I am today. I was 12 when the movie first aired, and I watched it with my parents. After the movie aired, my dad became obsessed with Karen Carpenter. He went out and bought many Carpenters albums, he'd play them all the time while at home and in the car, he took us to see her grave when it was at Forest Lawn Cypress one time when we were vacationing in Southern CA, and then he borrowed the Coleman book from the library (which I read after he was done). Many kids roll their eyes at their parents' hobbies or obsessions, but not this kid. After watching the movie, I wanted to learn more about Karen and Richard. I didn't become quite as obsessed as my dad was with them (at the time, anyway; but I did about five years later), and I loved her voice from the start, so I definitely didn't mind when my dad played their music. If it hadn't been for this movie, I don't think I would have gotten into them as much as I have. I probably would have become acquainted to her voice by listening to the radio, and I would have grown to appreciate it, but I don't think I would've taken the time to get to know the person behind the voice (by reading the book, and later reading about Karen and Richard on the Internet).