Friendship Begins at Home shows how strong family relationships are like friendships, and offer the same benefits. Barry, a teen sulking amid his angelic family, decides not to go with his them on their annual 2-week vacation. This disappoints his parents, and his mother warns Barry, "I do wish you'd show as much consideration for the members of your own family as you do for your outside friends!" "Maybe I would," he replies, "if my family'd show me as much consideration as my friends do!" Unfortunately, Barry’s friends don’t come through. Barry is left alone and desolate at home, haunted by the voice of his conscience in his head, and the double-exposure images of his family as they go about their normal activities. The importance of family to postwar American society is brightly illuminated in this wonderful vintage film.