Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

DVD - 2007
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After seeing a less-than-conventional psychiatrist for her problems at home who gives her too many prescriptions and bad advice, a mother ends her marriage and sends her young son to live with the doctor and his odd family.

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Dorben99
Nov 18, 2018

The story is so bizarre yet fascinating and the fact that it's based on a memoir is just amazing to me. I can't imagine growing up like this and the family is the epitome of dysfunction. Yet I love this film as it made me laugh and cry and I felt deeply for the characters especially the young people. Deirdre(the mom) not so much as she's a piece of work.

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Nursebob
Oct 26, 2018

How can someone take a dream cast giving their best shot and still churn out such a disjointed mess as this sloppy adaptation of author Augusten Burrough’s sensationalized childhood memoirs? Apparently Ryan Murphy can and the results are disappointing to say the least. There is no faulting the actors here as everyone puts their best foot forward most notably Annette Bening’s flakey feminist and Brian Cox’s guru psychiatrist who proudly shows off his masturbation room and dispenses valium as if it were Holy Communion. But much like Tony Richardson’s "The Hotel New Hampshire", Murphy’s forced zaniness becomes tiresome very quickly leaving you to wonder how much of his source material is actually based on memories versus cuckoo fantasies. And why are there palm trees and giant phycus growing in New York State? Perhaps Wes Anderson’s dry sense of humour could have salvaged something watchable from all the batty pandemonium but as is it felt like I was watching a movie based on a rather kinky Roald Dahl book. A wonderful soundtrack of 1970s radio hits turns out to be the film’s one saving grace.

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biffblack
Jan 09, 2018

Appalling. This wretched movie exploits the mental illnesses of various characters for the sake of... what, exactly? Laughter that isn't there. The overbearing director Ryan Murphy imagines he's making a risky black comedy when really all he's doing is insanely over-directing with endless and often thematically inappropriate music cues. The soundtrack blares over the dialogue -- God forbid we can focus our undivided attention on what people are saying. The nadir arrives when Fiennes trashes his shrink's office, and the nutjob doctor just sits there doing nothing except mouthing psychoanalysis cliches. After an hour and 20 minutes of this, I ejected the DVD. Most of the actors are spot-on, aside from a shrill Evan Rachel Wood and a miscast Jill Clayburgh in the thankless role of the doctor's (heavily sedated?) wife. Although based on a memoir, almost every detail of the narrative felt like a lie to me. AND there's a blooper eleven minutes in that gives away the movie's intellectual dishonesty. In a poetry critique session that's supposed to be taking place in 1978, Annette Bening mentions that crowds are lining up to hear Anne Sexton read her work. Sexton died in 1974.

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david97202
Apr 24, 2016

I know the real family this was based on and the truth is twisted badly to make a book sale...sad deal the real family that helped so many would be painted like this. Lying should be illegal

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Orangeted
Apr 14, 2015

Good book and a good movie. All the actors do a stellar job here depicting the life of a boy given away by his eccentric mother to her shrink. Loved Gwenyth Paltrow as the weird older sister. Benning did a great job as the mother.

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pegasus71
Dec 08, 2013

Just about the most bizarre and twisted story I’ve ever encountered and frightening that it could be based on someone’s personal experiences. The cast did an excellent job, especially Annette Bening but what a sad tale.

lasertravis Jun 21, 2013

Bah. Well acted and somewhat interesting biographical tale of a gay author. I just couldn't get into it and it seemed overlong. Sort of tried to be funny, but I wasn't laughing. The main character's story, although tragic, just didn't entertain me.

StevenWS May 12, 2013

I kept praying for the movie to end. Thankfully, eventually, it did.

When you agree to watch a movie with your wife, you are obliged to finish what you started.

The movie either frustrated me or dragged on and on.

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isabella86
Mar 30, 2012

Annette Bening is wonderful as a bi-polar writer/mother (as well as Jill Clayburgh as Mrs. Finch) and I'm intrigued with the protaganist and want to read his book, but the movie itself kept referencing all those other awkward teenage coming of age stories with music thrown in to give you something to relate to. I kept feeling like I'd seen the story before, and didn't particularly care for any of those (except for Harold and Maude.) I suppose it could be considered a "black comedy" or absurd, but there's so much heartbreak in it, I don't understand how it qualifies as a "comedy."

jmmason Dec 30, 2011

The only worthwhile thing in this mess of a movie is Jill Clayberg. In a throw-away role she will break your heart. By contrast, Mrs. Beatty is so-o shrill you hope somebody will break her neck.

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Dr. Finch: Well, the only loophole or way I could see me getting you out of school for any considerable length of time would be for you... to commit suicide.
Augusten Burroughs: You want me to kill myself?
Dr. Finch: Well, if you tried to kill yourself, I could explain to the schoolboard that you were psychologically unfit to attend, and that you needed intensive treatment. It would a staged suicide attempt. Of course, your poor mother would have to find you and drive you the hospital, where you would stay for three weeks or a month for observation.
Augusten Burroughs: I don't know. It doesn't...
Dr. Finch: Augusten. Where is your spirit of adventure?

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Dr. Finch: Where would we be without our painful childhoods?

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Augusten Burroughs: According to Hope, Freud died of kitty Leukemia. According to me, Freud died of being trapped in a laundry basket for four days without food or water.

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Aug 07, 2011

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Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

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