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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Deirdre Burroughs
... Dr. Finch
... Neil Bookman
... Natalie Finch
... Norman Burroughs
... Augusten Burroughs
... Agnes Finch
... Hope Finch
... Dorothy
... Michael Shephard
... Fern Stewart
... Suzanne
... Joan
... Six-Year-Old Augusten Burroughs
Gabriel Guedj ... Poo
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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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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 USA:

$226,108, 22 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,754,898, 19 November 2006
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Julianne Moore was originally attached to play Deirdre Burroughs. See more »

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After Augusten's mother hands him the adoption papers, he crumples them with his hands and drops them. In the next shot, the papers are sitting uncrumpled on the kitchen table. See more »

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[from trailer]
Dr. Finch: Hope... You are, by far, my favorite daughter.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Waltz for Debby
(1961)
Written by Bill Evans and Gene Lees
Performed by Kronos Quartet (as The Kronos Quartet)
Courtesy of Savoy Jazz
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Augusten And The Flip Side Of Wonderland
21 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

The true story of Augusten Burroughs's beginnings, sound like a demented work of fiction. That's true of most true things. Here, putting aside what's real and what may be a figment of Augusten's imagination, there is a movie. A slightly confused, a bit pretentious but unquestionably fun movie with some high caliber actors at the top of their game. Annette Bening to start with, extraordinary and without clinging to one of her delightful giggles. She is a magnificent, deplorable human spectacle. Reconizable and yet totally alien. Her character is in her way down from the word go and she (Annette or Deidre)don't shy away from the most devastating human blows. She is surrounded by a beautifully designed human zoo of extreme characters. They carry their eccentricities like badges of honor. Brian Cox, superb as the Dickensian know-it-all, his daughters , Evan Rachel Wood and the magnificent Gwynneth Paltrow who can tell you more with half a look than with two pages of exposition. Jill Claybourgh! Goodness gracious me! Where has she been? She's the throbbing heart of the matter, dog food an all. Her sanity, hidden behind a demented, neglected hairdo, is as real as Joseph Cross' Augusten Burroughs. Joseph Finnes's gorgeous nut doesn't have a great deal of sexual chemistry with his under age lover but maybe he wasn't suppose to. As if all this wasn't enough, Alec Baldwin, giving one of the best performances of his career in a character who's on the screen for only a few minutes. Woody Allen, John Irvin even Eugene Ionesco and Frank Perry are present in this engaging display of human frailty. Terrific surprise.


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