Thursday, December 4, 2014

Running with Scissors

20006 American Feature

Cast: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Union, Patrick Wilson and Kristin Chenoweth
Writer/Director: Ryan Murphy, based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs

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 and spends his adolescent years as a member of this bizarre extended family.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 31% / Audience: 56%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 52% / Audience: 6.0%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Young Actor (Cross).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress - Comedy or Musical (Bening).
  • Augusten Burroughs' acclaimed 2002 memoir Running with Scissors spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Burroughs makes a cameo appearance in the film as himself.
  • In 2005, the family of the late Dr. Rodolph H. Turcotte filed suit against Augusten Burroughs and his publisher, alleging defamation of character, invasion of privacy and emotional distress. They stated that they were the basis for the Finch family portrayed in the book but that Burroughs had fabricated or exaggerated various descriptions of their activities. Burroughs and his publisher, St. Martin's Press, settled with the Turcotte family in 2007. Burroughs defended his work as "entirely accurate", but agreed to alter the acknowledgments page in future editions to recognize the Turcotte family's "conflicting memories" of described events.
  • Writer/director Ryan Murphy's feature film debut.
  • Casting Call: Julianne Moore.

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