—Mike Nelson, Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The short provides the following tropes.
- Be Yourself: Twisted, probably unintentionally. "With your own family you can relax, be yourself. Just be sure it's your best self."
- Clueless Aesop: "It's nice to spend time with your parents/children, and being polite helps!" What's wrong with that? Well, this film, for one thing...
- Dinner and a Show: Despite the repression and formality modern audiences see throughout the film, the onscreen family's dinner eventually turns into this trope as an example of what audiences shouldn't do.
- No Name Given: Everyone is named for their roles. Father, Mother, Sister, Brother, and Junior for the little one.
- Phoneaholic Teenager: Averted and discussed. Brother isn't on the phone for too long before hanging up, while the narrator explains it is never good to monopolize the phone.
- Title Drop: "Do you begin to see now how A Date With Your Family can be a truly special occasion?"