Growing up in the 1970s, young Augusten (Joseph Cross
) lives a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin
) and a bipolar mother (Annette Bening
), an unpublished poet with delusions of becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augusten's mother sends him to live with her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox
) and his eccentric extended family.
As Augusten unwittingly becomes part of the family, he descends into a kind of surreal childhood hell. Yet, he will also find optimism among the horror, hilarity in the insanity and even love amid the dilapidated ruins as he never loses his spirit or his resilience. Ultimately, Augusten will survive through the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs.
The movie is twisted but then whose life is not at least similar in one way. I looked further than the story.I thought the acting was superb. Bening is in rare form. How can you not love Augustin? This movie would hit home with thousands upon thousands of kids who are unloved as children. Believe me,I've taught many of them.They do run with scissors!!
Dynamite comedy! 5 stars all around!!!!
i'm sitting here trying to get through this movie...it may be artsy but it certainly isn't entertaining. i'll finish this rating when the movie is over (please make that soon). ok i don't care how it ends....just utter rubbish!!!!