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Running With Scissors

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Young augusten burroughs absorbs experiences that could make 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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Studio Sony
SKU 203939788
UPC 043396159136
UPC 14 00043396159136
Format DVD
Release Date 5/27/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Bening,Annette
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Cast & Crew
Alec Baldwin - Actor
Annette Bening - Actor
Augusten Burroughs - Based On Book By
Brad Pitt - Producer
Brian Cox - Actor
Byron Smith - Editor
Christopher Baffa - Cinematographer
Gabrielle Union - Actor
Gwyneth Paltrow - Actor
James S. Levine - Original Music By
Joseph Cross - Actor
Joseph Fiennes - Actor
Kristin Chenoweth - Actor
Lorin Flemming - Art Director
Ryan Murphy - Screenplay
Ryan Murphy - Director
Steve Samuels - Executive Producer
Awards
Nominee (2007) Golden Globe, Annette Bening, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review The royally screwed-up adolescence of Augusten Burroughs has made it to the bigscreen with several nips, tucks and a noticeably duller edge in "Running With Scissors." Writer-director Ryan Murphy strives mightily to capture the bracing hilarity, pathos and surreal incident of Burroughs' bestselling memoir, but this rudderless adaptation never gets a firm grip on the author's deadpan tone or episodic narrative style...[Bening's performance] achieves a level of complexity and coherence that eludes the rest of the film. Modulating expertly between Deirdre's self-pitying rationalizations and explosive fits of temper, the actress channels qualities she's conveyed memorably in her previous roles, from her marital frustration in "American Beauty" to her self-absorbed love of play-acting in "Being Julia."
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Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review In his shocking 2002 memoir "Running With Scissors," Augusten Burroughs described a childhood so hellish it's remarkable he survived to tell the tale. But stories about the mentally disturbed popping pills and engaging in screaming matches don't make for entertaining movies. "Prozac Nation" proved such a downer, it wound up going straight to video...Perhaps with this in mind, director Ryan Murphy works overtime to lighten up his screen adaptation of "Scissors"...With the exception of Paltrow, who barely makes her presence felt, the cast works hard to keep up the momentum of "Running With Scissors." Its flaws are Murphy's fault. He flails around seeking the right tone and never quite finds it.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Ruthe Stein
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Bening,Annette
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News ...a perversely funny book whose odd characters are given life by a terrific cast.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...[Murphy] hit the mark for laughs and has written some juicy scenes for his excellent cast.
Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club ...authentic, believable performances...

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