This movie is a drama about how the loss of a mom creates an unhinged family. They don't have any money, and very little goes right for them, ever. Welcome to modern America. This is a really great movie to watch with your older teen kids (too much sex/nudity for younger kids), to help make them grateful for what they have. It's also very hopeful, and while you have to sigh and shake your head at their botched attempts to make due in life, you have to admire the sisters for breaking even, given the mess that their mom's death left behind. It's a fairly upbeat movie about some very downbeat topics.
Also, just about anything Amy Adams makes is worth seeing, and the same for Emily Blunt. This is one of the recent movies where Emily Blunt uses an American accent. That alone is worth the time. But for most of us, there won't be any chuckling.
A bad thing about the books is that unlike, say, the Harry Potter series, there is not much in the way of building to a climax/resolution in this series. You could just about read from the middle of one book to the middle of the next book and call that a volume. With as many story lines as the author maintains at a time, and his apparent intent to keep writing these things for years, they do tend to run on a bit.
On the other hand, the author is doing a great job of maintaining all of the story lines as interesting, semi-distinct threads. And unlike a lot of 'going-on-forever' book series, some of the main characters are actually losing the 'Game of Thrones' and being killed/dying, while others just mentioned in previous books are becoming more prominent.
Worth the time reading them, though the library doesn't have enough copies to give you time to finish each book unless you're reading about an hour a day. You might be surprised how fast that hour is up.
This is a fascinating history of the evolution of the meaning of our 2nd Amendment as our country changes from a small country at war with the world superpower to the superpower ourselves. From what started as a civic duty that every colonist owed their independent country (State) and their confederation, to just before the modern Supreme Court's interpretation that the "militia clause" is meaningless, Prof. Cornell goes over each major event in the country's history that changed the way we've looked at the right to bear arms.