Running with Scissors (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  27 October 2006 (USA)
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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 <>

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Ever have one of those lives? See more »


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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Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recortes de mi vida  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,754,898 (USA) (17 November 2006)

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Did You Know?


Julianne Moore was originally attached to play Deirdre Burroughs. See more »


As Augusten and Bookman walk down the street to his car following their date at the movies in the 1970s, the reflection of a huge modern lighted Borders Books sign can be seen reflected in a store window. See more »


Neil Bookman: You OK with what happened?
Augusten Burroughs: Yeah. Sure. Well, thanks for everything.
Neil Bookman: Thank you. Thank YOU for everything.
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »


My Little Drum
Written by Vince Guaraldi
Performed by The Vince Guaraldi Trio
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Young man survives crazy mother and crazy shrink
21 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loved the movie. Annette Bening is sure to be nominated again for her performance. She was so crazy, and yet so sympathetic that I found myself crying for her. Jill Clayburgh was a real treat. I'm very happy that these women have decided to let themselves show their age and not become the plastic people Hollywood has come to expect.The soundtrack was also great. I had the feeling that a lot of the actors involved in this movie were in it because they believed in the material, not only for the money. Gwynth Paltrow has a fun, small part, and it was good to see Kristin Chenowith on screen. A wonderful story, and a wonder that Mr. Burroughs survived the reality.

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