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Originally posted by Jubilee
I agree that this movie was more about religion than aliens.
The "signs" in the movie were not meant to be all about crop circles but about "signs" from heaven.
All the "bad" things that happened to them happened for a reason.
The wife died in order to pass an important message prior to her dying.
If the wife had not been killed, then Mel's brother would not have been living with them and they might all have died.
Mel's brother sucked at baseball and stayed behind in order that he could whack that alien.
Mel's son suffered from asthma and this saved his life when the alien sprayed the gas into his mouth.
If Mel's daughter didn't always have "a thing" about water, there would not have been all those glasses of water lying around. This spilling of water from those glasses also helped save all their lives.