[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Running with Scissors
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.
Running with Scissors has become one of my favorite movies.
It's characters are as colorful as a box of crayola crayons and twice as fun.
The story is heartbreaking as well as heart warming.All set to a fantastic Seventies Soundtrack.
It's hard to pick out a Stand out because They're all so wonderful.
Although In my opinion Evan Rachel Wood and Jill Clayburgh were the most effective in their roles. Jill Clayburgh could have overplayed her role but she didn't she was subtle yet very effective as the neglected eccentric housewife Agnes.Wood is always a delight to watch,no exception here.
Joseph Fiennes also gives a wonderful performance as the schizophrenic homosexual "Neil Bookman" who although a tortured soul shows a…
Running with Scissors is a mess. There's really no other way to say it.
Filled with great performances and a couple of terrific scenes, but it's all pointless when all they do is wander about on the screen, feeling sorry for themselves, getting depressed, suffering from mental illness and almost kill people (including themselves). That's only half the problem though; the most glaring mistake here is the tone. You're never sure whether you're supposed to laugh at things like Dr. Finch interpreting a turd as a sign from god, or be sad because of how pathetic a human being he is and how this is just another mistake in a life full of them.
Things like this hurt the film,…
This arty quirky dramedy is not completely bad, but it is around 85% bad. You have a solid cast in Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow, and an amazing performance from Joseph Fiennes, who was so good I couldn't believe it was him until halfway through the film, his accent was flawless. But none of these guys stopped this from being a heinous waste of two hours.
The film tries to be TOO quirky. ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, JUNEBUG, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, they all balanced the quirky with the drama quite nicely. Even something like THE STATION AGENT. This film tries to be like all of those, with the baggage of mental health themes, but just irritates from being too self-conscious and rarely grounded.
Interesting auto-biographical film about a young gay man and his constant struggles for a sane life against his mother's artistic, insane, pill-driven ego.
With unclear goals and unlikable characters, Running With Scissors is a great example of a film that thinks that it's so much better than it actually is
Director Ryan Murphy, famous for bringing us the absurd adventures of two L.A. based plastic surgeons, found something else to bring to the big screen, which is indeed no less absurd.
The memoirs of Augusten Burroughs, titled "Running with Scissors" (Krass) made into a feature film and boy have we waited for that. Burroughs published five books so far (I couldn't find more titles on amazon, so excuse me if I'm wrong), of which four contain stories from his own life, so he claims. A life dominated by a crazy hippie-mother, wonderfully portrayed by Annette Bening in the picture, a drunk father, played by Alec Baldwin, and subsequent male father figures predominatly those of Dr. Finch (a hilarious Brian Cox),…
Confession: I mostly hate this film for misusing Al Stewart's Year of the Cat (a song that isn't used enough in movies or used well in this flick). Aside from that, Running with Scissors is still a rancid pile of trash. Avoid at all costs.
Overall Enjoyment 2/10
*Ryan Murphy watches Royal Tenenbaums once*
A well done enjoyable coming of age tale
Imagine having such an odd childhood and not ending up in a padded room! I especially enjoyed the skylight in the kitchen!
Χαοτικό αλλά deliciously bonkers
The only thing Ryan Murphy hasn't completely fucked up, but this is like a knock off of a Wes Anderson film and Annette Bening deserves better... I can't believe my trashy ass still loves this movie though
I think i'm sick of Ryan Murphy's work. It's a constant disappointment. He comes up with compelling concepts and brings in fairly good actors, but never pulls through in the end.
The flow of this film is very disjointed. Each scene carries a different tone than the one before. Then again maybe that is fitting given the theme of the story. There are a few good scenes sprinkled in here and there, but overall the film fell flat for me.
I kinda regret the $2 I spent to buy it; It's not really something I would watch again. 4/10: should have just downloaded it illegally.
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