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Running With Scissors [Blu-ray] (2006)

Joseph Cross , Annette Bening , Ryan Murphy  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin
  • Directors: Ryan Murphy
  • Writers: Ryan Murphy, Augusten Burroughs
  • Producers: Augusten Burroughs, Bonnie Weis, Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M5B98K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Running With Scissors [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is a wickedly funny, brave and moving tale of surviving a most unusual childhood. Augusten's (Joseph Cross) mother (Annette Bening) is a deluded aspiring post with bipolar disorder whose marriage to his dad (Alec Baldwin) is in ruins. Soon, she is seeing a very eccentric therapist named Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), while Augusten is left in the care of Finch's wacky family, including his tightly-wound daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow). Abandoned by his parents and adopted by the Finches, he finds a kindred spirit in youngest daughter Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood) and motherly support from Finch's long suffering wife Agnes (Jill Clayburgh). Constantly recording the events of his life in his journals as a way to cope, Augusten finds himself avoiding school, learning about love from an older man (Joseph Fiennes), and making big decisions at the tender age of fifteen.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of the year October 7, 2007
By Kendra
I don't know how I could have missed this when it first came out. Augusten Burroughs is my favorite memoirist and I've read all his books and praise them all. So, when I heard that Running with Scissors was being made into a film I was thrilled. I think, though, when I saw that it was marketed as a comedy AND the reviews were just mediocre, I decided not to see it. Big mistake.

This is an amazing story. And, the cast was incredible-- the acting absolutely superb. I am just shocked at the poor reviews here. Not one thing was wrong with this movie. Really. Not one thing.

Jill Clayburgh and Annette Benning should have received an Academy for their part in this. Brian Cox was fantastic. And Joseph Cross, as Augusten was absolutely perfect. I can't praise Cross enough and I don't think too many people would have been able to pull this character off. Knowing Burroughs from his books, you see he has a caustic yet self-deprecating wit. But, to actually SEE him as the child he was-- maintaining his innocence while being exposed to horrendous circumstances he was exposed to actually made me appreciate Burroughs even more than I already do. Alec Baldwin, as always, played his brief part perfectly-- with empathy and depth.

Burroughs grew up in one of the most dysfunctional homes you will ever read about. After his parents divorced, he lived with his mentally ill and completely narcissistic mother until she handed Augusten over to her just-as-mentally-ill psychiatrist to raise him. The environment in this psychiatrist's home has to be seen (or read about) to be believed. Poor Augusten lived there for several years while his mother attempted to "find herself" and nurture herself at her son's expense. She even had the psychiatrist adopt her son.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Think Your Family Is Nuts... April 22, 2007
...they'll seem like the poster children for mental and emotional health, after watching this film!

Augusten Burroughs (Joseph Cross) grows up in a household with his mother, Deirdre (Annette Benning), who has severe mental stability issues. I am no psychiatrist so I am not even going to try to label her. He also has an alcoholic father, Norman (Alec Baldwin), who seems to have little to no interest in his son. In fact, because of his absence, I thought at the beginning of the film Augusten's parents were already divorced.

Deirdre is more dependant on her son than he is on her, he seems to care for her, and she seems to lean on him. She is an aspiring poet who lets her son skip school to do her hair and plan parties. The mother and father fight right in front of Augusten without a thought to him or his feelings. After a rather explosive fight they seek marital counseling and that's our introduction to the colorful Dr. Finch (Brian Cox). Through a series of events Augusten ends up living with the Finch's and we are wrapped up in another household filled with the emotionally and mentally unstable.

Despite his surroundings, you watch Augusten grow up to be relatively 'normal'. In his need for stability and normalcy, he finds the unlikely hero in the form of the long suffering housewife of Dr.Finch, Agnes (Jill Clayburgh). She really touched me in the way she cared for Augusten.

With all the craziness that occurs in this film, it should be a lot darker than it is. Surprisingly this movie makes humor out of situations that should horrify. I laughed more than I cried; I giggled more than I gasped.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This was a plesent surprise to pick up and watch the film adaptation of this book based on the memiors of Augusten Burrough, who at the age of 15 was signed away by his mother into the guardianship of her psychiatrist. This movie does an excellent job of portraying mental illness (bipolar and schizophrenia) and what actually occurs in the minds and daily lives of those who struggle with it. As for the Dr. Fitch, he is the exception to regular psychiatry, with loose boundaries and inappropriate relations with patients ended actually helping one of them. To those with mental illness, what appears to be real or "normal" to them can appear unbelievable to us. For Agusten, he grew up with no rules or boundaries, and it is amazing to see what will and insight can do. This is a great depiction of someone who overcame tremendous barriers to become something great. Thank him for sharing it with us. Rent this buy this read this, worth the time
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Pyshological Comedy February 8, 2007
Definitely one of the most dark psychological comedies to come along in years, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS has an excellent cast telling a truly warped story. What makes this even more interesting is that it's semi-autobiographical. Based on the life of Augusten Burroughs and his dysfunctional surroundings, young actor Joseph Cross does an excellent job in portraying what it must've been like to grow up an adolescent amidst the chaos of mental illness, yet come out the other end as a functioning adult.

Annette Bening stars as Deidre Burroughs, Augusten's unstable mother, and does so brilliantly. Her mood swings and mental breakdowns are frightening, tear-jerky, and funny all at the same time. When she sets up Augusten to be adopted by her psychiatrist, the audience feels both a sense of relief and a terrible foreboding. Brian Cox stars as the manipulative yet strangely lovable psychoanalyst, Dr. Finch. His family is a mish-mash of his own kids and those he's adopted and taken advantage of financially. His wife Agnes, played superbly by Jill Clayburgh, is one of the shining lights in the film, giving us a much needed resting post to lean against while trying to grasp the amazing flaws of everyone else (she has her shortcomings, too, but they aren't as broad).

The story pulls no punches either, showing how Augusten's early development lead him toward homosexuality, Dr. Finch discussing his masturbatorium (figure it out), Deidre exploring lesbianism after a nasty divorce from her husband (played very well by Alec Baldwin), and the discovery of bowel movements as prognosticators.

The only downside to the entire movie was that it feels unbalanced, sometimes accelerating through scenes in mere seconds before grabbing traction again and moving fluidly forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunction junction
I think most of the people who reviewed this movie negatively probably did not (or do not) have much involvement with psychiatry/mental health issues/and/or people in their family... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Edie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting movie.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas J Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars running with scissors
very funny and hilarious episodes / movie to watch. has a lot of great funny scenes. All my friends and family loved every minute of it.
Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars ... purchased this for my daughter and she was very happy to get it
I purchased this for my daughter and she was very happy to get it. The whole process from start to delivery was very good.
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Broadbent
3.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale...
While I actually enjoyed the book far more than the film adaptation, I understand that the author (Augusten Burroughs) has paid a fair some of money to the doctor's family for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marcus E. Sharpe
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I loved the book- hate the movie. Hollywood needs to learn a lot from their reading audience.
Published 2 months ago by jennifer householder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Stuart
1.0 out of 5 stars Formulated indie hipster dysfunctional family film
After a hundred movies of the same dysfunctional family it gets really boring. The same characters over and over: the clash between intellectual, airhead, hippie, weirdo, sexy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Trezonator
1.0 out of 5 stars My wife wanted to see it.
IT SUCKED! Depressing. I am considering leaving my wife. The women in this movie have pushed me to build a memorial to Ted Bundy.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Panzarella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie so much, that I decided to order it so I can watch it over again. Friends read the book, and said it is even better!
Published 9 months ago by KAH in AZ
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Is this movie worth buying?
Honestly, I say: Yes. IMHO.

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,... Read More
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