I'm with Darrell of Ga. I loved the book. But I did see the movie afterwards and cannot find the words to express how disappointed I was with the movie. It is 100% a NO on a purchase and I buy a lot of movies.
The plot was a little iffy and not as strong-which was, imo, it's major lagging point and dragged on for most people-who are used to non-stop, gut-wrenching action. However the underlying themes and symbolism are strong and give you something to think of. I think, personally the acting is spectacular-as someone who studies theatre and acting(I hope I don't have a big head-I'm not going to call myself an actress, just a student with big hopes and dreams of moving to London or planting herself on off-broadway because we all know that 99.9999% of broadway shows have been and will always be awful with the exception of currently The Drowsy Chaperone is the only thing really I would chance-which I don't even think is running anymore...anywaayyyy..)
Most people, I've noticed are looking for entertainment, amusement(bread and circuses, Caeser knew what the people wanted), and do not like how it dragged on. I personally can sit for hours as long as I've got leg room. I just purchased the book today, it'll be fun to read-I hope I don't look like I'm trying to be a pretentious non-conformist idiot if I lug it around with me(I go to a performing arts school..the prententious contemporary-art junkies are a dime a dozen)
I say YES on purchase and I DON'T buy alot of movies, I'm a theatre girl to the core. You may want to rent, then decide to forget buying, or snatch it up in a heartbeat.
It may be too late, but don't buy this film. It does a disservice to the mentally ill in our community. Instead of a well-done portrait of the mentally ill, it exploits them for cheap, distasteful laughs. Stay with the book, stay away from the movie.
An unpleasant film that was marketed as a comedy, Running with Scissors is a rambling, gruelling portrait of an unlikeable, dysfunctional band of narcissistic crazies who relentlessly abuse themselves and each other. It is not worth buying or even watching.