Screen newcomer Joseph Cross portrays Augusten Burroughs in director Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of author Burroughs' best-selling personal memoir of the same name. A child of the 1970s whose alcoholic father, Norman (Alec Baldwin), and delusional, unpublished poet mother, Deirdre (Annette Bening), serve as the dictionary definition of the word "dysfunctional," Augusten is sent by his mother to live with her eccentric psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), when his disagreeable parents ultimately decide to terminate their turbulent marriage. Suddenly thrust into an environment that is as unfamiliar as it is unpredictable, young Augusten forms a curious relationship with the doctor's two whimsical daughters while learning to adapt and survive under even the most unusual of circumstances. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This movie was a terrible let down. Although I have never read the book, I was excited by the cast and could not wait to see the film. What we found was that after an hour and 20 minutse of mindless screaming and psychotic break downs that made absolutely no sense, we could not take any more and finally turned it off. We just couldn't take another minute of it and can't return it fast enough. Save yourself the time- don't bother with this film!