Just a crazy Arrested Development theory (Season 4 Spoilers)
Not sure exactly what episode this spoils up to, so consider it for the entire season to be safe. In S4E4, Michael is describing the project him and Ron Howard are working on to Warden Gentiles. He says the following:
"It's basically a story about a fellow like myself, and his father, and their friend Carl Weathers."
And a minute later, talking to Andy Richter, he says, "There's more to it than that. It's about a young man trying to get out from under his domineering father while dealing with the slow death of his wife."
Now, all that sounds like the movie is focusing on Michael and his relationship with the rest of his family. And it likely is. But let's...