Plot Summary: At the age of 12, Augusten Burroughs (Joseph Cross) has to witness the pinnacle of his parents’ deteriorating relationship. His alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) has distanced himself entirely from the family, while his bipolar mother (Annette Bening) is slipping further into insanity. She keeps herself occupied with her poetry and self-centered delusions of grandeur, but at least she recognizes her own instability. On a regular basis, she visits her unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), who finally recommends that she should take a short break from her son. She agrees with her doctor’s suggestion to turn Augusten over to him so that she may recover from her exhaustion in the meantime. One would assume that living with a psychiatrist would help Augusten gain some stability in his life, but his awkward childhood cannot even compare to what he will go through during his teenage years. Dr. Finch’s enormous house is filled with bizarre characters, with the majority actually representing the doctor’s out-of-control family members. Thanks to a friendly pedophile (Joseph Fiennes), who resides in the backyard shed, Augusten is able to better assess his own sexuality. It isn’t long before the boy realizes that his mother is not looking to take him back anytime soon.
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October 27th, 2006 (wide)
October 20th, 2006 (limited)
Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Brian Cox, Joseph Cross, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Jill Clayburgh, Gabrielle Union, Patrick Wilson
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Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse.
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