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Running With Scissors
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Directed By
Ryan Murphy

Written By:
Ryan Murphy, Augusten Burroughs

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 Justin
February 16th, 2007

Runnning With Scissors

Hello and welcome again to Justins' movie blog, I'm your host Justin and today's topic and hand is "Running With Scissors" starring Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin among others. Based on the personal memior of Augusten Burroughs, this movie has some distrubing scenes when you realize that, if the writer is being truthful, this may have actually happened.

A warning dear readers, before I go on, while this movie does turn in some stellar performances from Bening, Cross and Cox, there are some times in the movie when it kind of drags and you're left wondering where it's going. Kind of like a blowhard who talks to hear the sound of his own voice. (Now, that couldn't remind you of anyone, could it?) ;)

The movie follows Augusten (Cross) and his relationship with his mother (Bening). She's a miserable housewife and unsuccessful writer. She tires to express herself with her poetry, but she's as miserable a poet as she is a housewife and mother. Eventually she slips into depression and insanity. She starts seeing a shrink (Cox), who himself is not all there, and takes Augusten with her. Eventually she leaves him with the shrink, who eventually adopts him into his own very odd family. Meanwhile, her insanity spirals and Augusten tries to come to terms with this: insane or not, she was a terrible mother.

So, who's going to like this movie? It's difficult to answer, but I'll say this: If you've ever known someone who was insane, and I mean truly, certifiable, ten-shades of looney bin white crazy, you might like this movie. This movie takes a hard look at psychology and insanity. It has serveral character studies of people whose bread is little more full of fruit and nuts than they should be. Having known a few certifiably insane people in my life AND having studied psychology in college, I can say this movie is worth a look.

However, be warned about something else, the previews for this movie make it out to be a 'smart' black comedy. It's not, it's far more dramatic than it is comedic. And while there are serveral humorous moments in it, it's not a comedy. Also, this isn't exactly one of those "my life sucks, so I want to someone elses life whose worse than mine" kind of movies either.

Until next time, when I'll have a review of "Down in the Valley" or "School of Scoudrels" for everyone.

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