Towelhead, the excellent directorial debut of Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, has been criticized by some people for its sometimes funny, frank approach to decidedly unfunny subject matter (including, but not limited to, statutory rape).
Ball has a theory as to why some viewers have trouble with the film's mix of humor and drama. "These are all totally valid emotional responses, but they tend to frighten some people. That's one of the worst legacies of Christianity - hating ourselves for what we feel. Just feeling something is one thing: Acting on those feelings is something completely different. If we're going to beat ourselves up merely for feeling something, that just gives those feeling more power."
In case you missed it, here's my interview with Ball and the cast of Towelhead, which ran in Sunday's paper.