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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 Jessica Film Junkie
August 18th, 2007

Not a Great Adaptation

What an absolute disappointment. I had ignored the critics and waited to see this adaptation of the highly enjoyable book because I had faith in Ryan Murphy as a director. However what he puts to screen here is little more than Wes Wnderson lite, and hardly a solid representation of the chaotic mess of a book.

It is the story of Augusten Burroughs, a teenager with a psychotic poet mother who is left to live with her therapist and his family.

In the book the characters are fully fleshed, real human beings who do insane things due to strange explanations. In the book, Augusten is dramatic and involved in the lives of these people.

In the movie, the characters are one note. Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood) goes from being an overweight snarky gal to a gorgeous genius who is the only ally of Augusten. Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow) loses any relatability and dresses like one of the compound wives from 'Big Love'.

The good representations come in the form of Dr. Finch, perfectly portrayed by Brian Cox in all his madness and decorum in the face of that madness; and Annette Bening as Deirdre Burroughs, Augusten's bipolar mother. These characterizations are rich and alive and they make the film tolerable.

Thus I must conclude by saying: read the book.

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Aug 19, 2007 8:13 AM
also wrote a review of Running With Scissors
I agree with you 100%, Cox and Benning where great its such a shame the movie wasn't so great.

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