Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

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Director: Ryan Murphy

Cast: Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes

     
 

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Screen newcomer Joseph Cross portrays Augusten Burroughs in director Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of author Burroughs' best-selling personal memoir of the same name. A child of the 1970s whose alcoholic father, Norman (Alec Baldwin), and delusional, unpublished poet mother,See more details below

Overview

Screen newcomer Joseph Cross portrays Augusten Burroughs in director Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of author Burroughs' best-selling personal memoir of the same name. A child of the 1970s whose alcoholic father, Norman (Alec Baldwin), and delusional, unpublished poet mother, Deirdre (Annette Bening), serve as the dictionary definition of the word "dysfunctional," Augusten is sent by his mother to live with her eccentric psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), when his disagreeable parents ultimately decide to terminate their turbulent marriage. Suddenly thrust into an environment that is as unfamiliar as it is unpredictable, young Augusten forms a curious relationship with the doctor's two whimsical daughters while learning to adapt and survive under even the most unusual of circumstances.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This unusual film about the bizarre adolescence of writer Augusten Burroughs, chronicled in his bestselling memoir of the same title, doesn’t skimp on surrealistic excesses. But don’t let that scare you: Running with Scissorshas enough humor and pathos for three movies, in addition to a slew of superb performances. Writer-director Ryan Murphy captures the deadpan tone of Burroughs’s saga of his wannabe-poet mother, the supremely narcissistic Deirdre (Annette Bening), and the new family she fobs Augusten (Joseph Cross) off on. Headed by the brilliant but eccentric therapist Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), the strange clan includes Finch’s wife, Agnes (Jill Clayburgh), a placid older daughter, Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow), and a rebellious younger daughter, Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood). And then there’s Finch’s 30-something adopted son, Neil Bookman (Joseph Fiennes), a dark, brooding character with whom Augusten has a sexual relationship. As complicated as all this may sound, Murphy actually streamlines Burroughs's memoir quite successfully, condensing various episodes and sanitizing some of the more graphic passages. The film doesn’t really present a cohesive, linear story, but its crazy-quilt quality is perfectly in keeping with the absurdist tone and subject matter. Bening and Cox devise dynamic characterizations, while veteran Clayburgh also shines, particularly in her genuinely moving final scene with Cross. Although Running with Scissorsoccasionally displays too much ironic self-awareness, it’s an inventive romp that will delight viewers who crave films with offbeat sensibilities.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
UPC:
0043396181502
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
91,058

Special Features

"Inside Outsiders" cast featurette; "A Personal Memoir by Augusten Burroughs" ; "Creating the Cuckoo's Nest" set design documentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Annette Bening Deidre Burroughs,Deirdre Burroughs
Brian Cox Dr. Finch
Joseph Fiennes Neil Bookman
Evan Rachel Wood Natalie Finch
Alec Baldwin Norman Burroughs
Jill Clayburgh Agnes Finch
Joseph Cross Augusten Burroughs
Gwyneth Paltrow Hope Finch
Gabrielle Union Dorothy
Kristin Chenoweth Fern Stewart
Patrick Wilson Michael Shephard
Colleen Camp Joan
Dagmara Dominczyk Suzanne
Jack Kaeding Six-Year-Old Augusten Burroughs
Gabriel Guedj Poo
Nancy Ellen Cassaro Christy (1978 Poetry Club)
Omid Abtahi Restaurant Manager
Julie Remala Restaurant Waitress
Will Carter Officer Button
Bonnie Weis Cocktail Waitress
Dakotah Masset Waitress
Marianne Muellerleile Nurse

Technical Credits
Ryan Murphy Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Christopher Baffa Cinematographer
P.J. Bloom Musical Direction/Supervision
Augusten Burroughs Co-producer
Dirk Wallace Craft Asst. Director
Christopher Duskin Camera Operator
Lou Eyrich Costumes/Costume Designer
Mali Finn Casting
Lorin Flemming Art Director
Stephanie Fowler Makeup
Frank Gaeta Sound/Sound Designer
Dede Gardner Producer
Marc A. Gilmartin Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Grey Producer
Zoe Hay Makeup
James S. Levine Score Composer
Brad Pitt Producer
Steven Samuels Executive Producer
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Byron Smith Editor
Bonnie Weis Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Running with Scissors
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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