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Running with Scissors (2006)

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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He's looking forward to a memory he won't have to suppress See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

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The labels on Deirdre's pill vials in the 1978 segment are in a proportional font, and appear to be laser-printed. In 1978, prescription labels would have been prepared on a typewriter with a monospace font. See more »

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Deirdre Burroughs: I'm unhappy.
Norman Burroughs: I'm unhappy.
Dr. Finch: Norman. If you're so unhappy, why stay in this marriage?
Norman Burroughs: I don't know why. My son.
Dr. Finch: I don't think that's why you stay, Norman. I think you stay because it's comfortable. It's what you know. You were trapped in your childhood by a castrating mother and as an adult male you have sought the same female archetype.
Deirdre Burroughs: [nodding] Well, that's - just - brilliant... and very true.
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Another Day
(2001)
Written by Fabrice Dumont, Stephane Haeri and Christopher Hetier
Performed by Telepopmusik
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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What a wild romp!
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Running with Scissors takes you inside the memories of Augusten, an endearing kid growing up under the roof of a dysfunctional household only to find himself uprooted and transplanted into another equally troubled one. The real unsettling twist is that his new surroundings are even more questionable and more Edward Gory than he could ever imagine.

From there the film is a wild romp of scenes that build on each other until every mentally challenged character is a pile of screaming chaos. As complex and unattractive as that sounds Running with Scissors is a must see, after all it is a comedy. It is highly-stylized and fashion conscious from the costume design to the glossy editing. The technical aspects of the film are as redeeming as the grade of the entire cast led by Annette Bening's iconic performance. I hope you'll find it as enjoying and engrossing as I did.


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