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Running with Scissors (2006)

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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.

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The story of how a boy was abandoned by his mother and how he, later, abandoned her. The year he'll be 14, the parents of Augusten Burroughs (1965- ) divorce, and his mother, who thinks of herself as a fine poet on the verge of fame, delivers him to the eccentric household of her psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. During that year, Augusten avoids school, keeps a journal, and practices cosmetology. His mother's mental illness worsens, he takes an older lover, he finds friendship with Finch's younger daughter, and he's the occasional recipient of gifts from an unlikely benefactor. Can he survive to come of age? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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27 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Recortes de mi vida  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$226,108 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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$6,754,898 (USA) (17 November 2006)
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Julianne Moore was originally attached to play Deirdre Burroughs. See more »

Goofs

In 1978 the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" was being shown on the TV in Dr. Finch's house. The show was cancelled in 1971 an wasn't shown in reruns on cable until the 80's. See more »

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Deirdre Burroughs: Augusten. Don't smoke my cigarettes. You have a pack of your own.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Another Day
(2001)
Written by Fabrice Dumont, Stephane Haeri and Christopher Hetier
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Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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I laughed and I cried.
27 October 2006 | by (boise, idaho) – See all my reviews

Usually when I read the book before the movie, the movie can't live up to book. This time, the book was great and the movie more than lived up to it. It's strange that we can laugh at others' misfortunes but these situations are so absurd that they are hysterical. Each actor truly inhabited their parts. Annette Benning should be nominated for an Oscar. Brian Cox, Joseph Cross, and a great Jill Clayburgh really were amazing.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this movie. It's even more amazing when you realize it's based on what really happened to Augusten Burroughs. And stay through the credits.


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