the trailer made this film seem like a comedy, which is misleading. it’s not so much that this film isn’t a comedy, as it is that the film is quite a bit more sad than it is comic. if you watch it with a certain crowd i’m sure the film could take on a different tone, but that’s the good/bad thing about watching movies on your own. when i watched the film i was more saddened by the depth of insanity the author was exposed to. his de facto father, who was actually his strung-out and insane mother’s crackpot shrink, was enough to send most people to the loony bin. throw in his mother, his non-existent biological father, and lack of a social life and you have a fairly depressing life. it reminded me of a more dramatic and non-fiction version of the royal tennenbaums. annette bening was good.