Running with Scissors

2006

Comedy / Drama

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Dagmara Dominczyk as Suzanne
Amy Rider as Sugar
Devanny Pinn as Poetry Club Member
Jill Clayburgh as Agnes Finch
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

weird family not funny

Augusten Burroughs' childhood is colored by his eccentric aspiring poet mother Deirdre (Annette Bening). His alcoholic father Norman (Alec Baldwin) is distant. As a teen in 1978, he (Joseph Cross) witnesses his parents fighting ending with his father's bloody head. They call in psychiatrist Dr. Finch (Brian Cox). Norman leaves the family. Deirdre and Augusten move in with Dr. Finch and his weird family. His wife Agnes (Jill Clayburgh) eats dog food. Daughter Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow) is religious. The other daughter Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood) digs in Augusten. After confessing to be gay to her, he befriends the older adopted son Neil Bookman (Joseph Fiennes). A drugged up Deirdre signs her money and Augusten over to Dr. Finch.

This weird family seems to be too unreal to be taken seriously. It's filled with wild antics. I expect the quirkiness would lead to laughs but none of it is funny. Cross is fine but I don't feel for his character. Ryan Murphy needs to either make this darker or make it more of a comedy. It doesn't really work as either.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"I'd like some slices of bologna with a side of horseradish."

The time frame of the picture might be the mid and late Seventies, but the sentiment is clearly present day when the story's chief protagonist, Augusten Burroughs (Joseph Cross) emphatically states, "I wanna be special and I wanna be famous." I recall that attitude occurring somewhat later than the era under question, but I could be wrong about that. Anyway, it was the advent of not keeping score in ball games to avoid having winners and losers that became problematic for me. Life as it turns out has both, no matter how much society may want to shield it's members from consequences.

So we have a helicopter Mom, Deirdre Burroughs, hovering over son Augusten, who can't accept the fact that she's a mediocre poet and writer, resorting to intense therapy to break out from her inner consciousness. Much of this is spoof, but presented in a very real and excruciating manner. I have to say, Annette Bening is painfully brilliant in the role of Dierdre Burroughs, with the ability to change moods at the drop of a hat. Her facial expressions say it all about her, even when extended to near comatose conditions. Her therapist Finch (Brian Cox) is the epitome of psychobabble shrink and veritable con man. His hold on the Burroughs mother and son is tenuous at best, but not without it's financial rewards, having successfully duped Deirdre into signing over a power of attorney and adoption papers for Augusten.

This would have been hilarious if the story didn't hit so close to home for any number of dysfunctional families out there. The picture tries to get a bit too quirky for it's own good at times, actually going over the top with Finch daughter Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow) sampling up a stew made from pet cat Freud. Sure, she said she was only kidding, but who knows. Best line of the picture goes to her sister Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood) who plays along with the charade until push comes to shove, and then admits to fellow traveler Augusten - "Our only skills are restraining psychotics".

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg 10 / 10

root of "Glee" and "American Horror Story"

I heard about "Running with Scissors" when it got released but didn't get around to seeing it for years. I finally managed to. A couple of things to discuss.

First of all, it's not a masterpiece but still bears watching. This story of a teenage boy is based on Augusten Burroughs's semi-autobiographical novel. I haven't read the novel but I'd like to. It's a most unusual set of people surrounding this lad: a mentally unstable mother and an alcoholic father, an eccentric psychiatrist and his even more eccentric family, and others.

Also, when the movie ended, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the director is none other than Ryan Murphy, now known as the creator of shows like "Glee" and "American Horror Story". Indeed, the movie reminded me of those shows (even though I didn't know who the director was), and some of RwS's cast members appeared on them.

Basically, it's one of the examples of what cinema can be when the people behind it put effort into the plot rather than into CGI. These are some of the most complex characters that I've ever seen in a movie. So far I've liked everything that I've seen from Ryan Murphy, including this. Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Jill Clayburgh, Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Kristin Chenoweth and Gabrielle Union all put on fine performances. I recommend it.

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