This film is delightful. And my kind of film, in every way. The narration! The meta! The pretentious yet clever conceit! The tinge of darkness surrounded by hilarity and sweetness! It's visually appealing. It has an awesome soundtrack. It's well acted. I mean... this film was made for me. I love it to teeny-tiny pieces.
Was I hiding under a rock when this film was released? I do not remember hearing anything about it until the other day, when someone mentioned it was a role where Will Ferrell did not make them want to gouge out their eyes. (And? I wholeheartedly concur. He's really very good in this. Why is it I only like certain comedic actors when they're playing against type? See also; Jim Carrey, Jack Black.)