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Running with Scissors (2006)

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Annette Bening Annette Bening
Deirdre Burroughs
Brian Cox Brian Cox
Dr. Finch
Joseph Fiennes Joseph Fiennes
Neil Bookman
Evan Rachel Wood Evan Rachel Wood
Natalie Finch
Alec Baldwin Alec Baldwin
Norman Burroughs
Joseph Cross Joseph Cross
Augusten Burroughs
Jill Clayburgh Jill Clayburgh
Agnes Finch
Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow
Hope Finch

Written by
Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy


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how much is biographical...

16 years, 11 months ago at Apr 28 3:59
2 votes
Apparently this film is based on the life of Augusten Burroughs, the author of the book "Running with Scissors". While I was not interested in the book, the movie was certainly enjoyable, but how much of it is really biographical... As Olivia says, it is "so unbelievable and yet so real". Some situations will make you laugh, and others you will simply be stunned! I took it as a comedy, but I'm... read more

Running with Scissors

16 years, 7 months ago at Sep 13 17:15
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I really liked this movie. It is completely bizarre in a really enjoyable way. Annette Bening does an excellent job in her role, as do the other actors...but she stands out just a bit more than the others.

A movie you can laugh at, but which also has its sadder, more serious moments, this is a good film.


16 years, 4 months ago at Nov 27 14:47
1 vote
Well, basically...it just didn't work for me.

I usually like zany strange offbeat movies (Eternal Sunshine, Garden State, Lost in Translation), but this one just went a bit overboard.

There were definitely some cool moments in it, but I thought overall it just, wasn't really a story I could get in to. I couldn't relate to any of the characters really at all, and I co... read more
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Tthe hilarious and poignant feature film based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs. Growing up in the 1970's, young Augusten (Joseph Cross) was living a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and a bipolar mother (Annette Bening), an unpublished poet with delusions of becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augusten's mother sends him to live with her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox) and his eccentric extended family. "Running With Scissors" chronicles Augusten's survival under the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Release date: 27 October 2006
Tags: Drama (14), Comedy (8), Family (8), Based On Book (8), Gay (6), 2006 (6), 2000s (6), Dysfunctional Family (6), Crazy (5), Memoir (5), Based On A Book (5), Adaptation (4), True Story (4), Coming Of Age (4), Quirky (4), Lesbian (4), Glbt (3), Based On A True Story (3), Coming Out (3), To Read (3)
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