by Izzy Kalman (July 2006)
What the movie is really about, and why it is of such interest to me, is that it shows the power of the Golden Rule, though that rule is never mentioned by name in the movie. The Golden Rule can be extremely hard to practice, and this story demonstrates this so clearly. A couple of the sub-themes of the movie are 1) the importance of anger control and 2) preventing people from getting in trouble with the authorities/police. Ushpizin presents my Bullies to Buddies rules nicely, so I give it my whole-hearted recommendation.