Although the movie was a bit longer than needed, the ending made the movie, I was laughing, cheering, and crying at the same time, during the final scene. There was the sheer joy, playfulness, and wonder of childhood,and sometimes it's just kids running around like crazy, driving you nuts, and a mother who was, on one hand, as involved in the imaginative, in-the-moment playfulness as the children, but also her irresponsibility, crudeness, and aggressiveness. I've seen this in our world, and stayed at a somewhat similar motel when I visited Disneyworld with my nieces years ago. It was so well depicted--the neon motel culture with some permanent residents--kids running around unsupervised, people hanging clothing from balconies.....and then that huge contrast with the Magic Kingdom. Is it about reality versus fantasy, about childhood imagination and dreams, escapism of all types, freedom and responsibility, the innocence of children, the difficulty of living in poverty, and its effects. All in all, just short of a great film, but the ending was just perfect. Great performances by Brooklynn, the actress who played her mother, as well as Willem Dafoe.