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Running With Scissors
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Directed By
Ryan Murphy

Written By:
Ryan Murphy, Augusten Burroughs

Cast:
Joseph Cross, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union, Vanessa Redgrave, Kristin Chenoweth, Patrick Wilson, Annette Bening


 
Running With Scissors (2006)
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Movie Review by Jenny
February 12th, 2007

I'm giving this movie two stars based on two reasons: The cast, and the "Breaking the ceiling" scene. Other than that, the movie was terrible.

After reading stellar reviews about this movie on here, and hearing how wonderful the book was, I was hoping for a bit...more. The first 30 minutes of the movie are painfully slow, and are shots from various therapy sessions. OK I get it. The kid has a rough life. Really, he does, but the movie doesn't have to be so pretentious with it all. I felt no sympathy for any of the characters, and I get it, the audience isn't supposed to. Every character is equally as bad as they are good. Which is where the cast comes into play. Brian Cox, Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Cross, Joseph Fiennes, Jill Clayburgh, everyone. They all give near perfect performances. But the movie is lacking so much in...anything remotely interesting.

Watching it, I felt like this material would really carry over much better in a book than it does on screen. Reading about idiosyncracies like eating toothpaste sandwiches and scattering your dishes and cups on the lawn is one thing. Actually seeing it is another.

I really felt like turning this movie off at about 45 minutes in, until we got to the "Ceiling breaking" scene. This was in my opinion, the best part of the movie. We actually are able to feel something for the characters, we see their vulnerability. But then after the scene, we go back to them being pretentious. I spent the rest of the movie waiting for another scene like that one, but was let down.

I realize that everyone else that has reviewed this movie on here has given it excellent reviews, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to post mine. I want to give people another perspective. Opening myself up for criticism....now. ;-)

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Zara
Feb 12, 2007 8:34 PM
 
Man, and the book is SO good. I'll still give it a shot, but I just won't be in a hurry about it.
Jenny
Feb 13, 2007 9:07 AM
 
The book is really that good? Maybe I'll check it out then.



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