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At Theaters: 10/27/2006 On Video: 2/6/2007
Rated: R Length: hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469998
Studio: TriStar Pictures
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Growing up in the 1970's, young Augusten was living a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother, and unpublished poet with delusions of becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augusten's mother sends him to live with her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch and his eccentric extended family.
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Comedy Drama - This is a quirky, not quite funny, not quite serious adaptation of the best-selling memoir. This is a film not for conventional tastes as there are themes of homosexuality, infidelity, mental problems, and general weirdness. Fans of star Annette Bening will get a lot of her here, but the film is not for every taste. Gwyneth Paltrow and Alec Baldwin's roles are fairly small.
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Annette Bening OPEN RANGE, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?
Brian Cox MATCH POINT, THE RINGER, RED EYE
Joseph Fiennes THE GREAT RAID, SINBAD, ENEMY AT THE GATES
Evan Rachel Wood PRETTY PERSUASION, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, SIMONE
Alec Baldwin FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, THE AVIATOR, THE LAST SHOT
Jill Clayburgh TV's - NIP/TUCK
Joseph Cross JACK FROST, WIDE AWAKE, DESPERATE MEASURES
Gwyneth Paltrow PROOF, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
Director: Ryan Murphy TV's - NIP/TUCK
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PROFANITY: 23 F-words, 14 S-words, 7 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Gay themes; women kissing.
VIOLENCE: A man hits himself and bleeds.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol, tobacco, and pills.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Quirky verbal humor and situations; dark humor; animal humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average No matter the level of truth involved in its foundation, "Running With Scissors" is one of the most annoying movies of the year.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The movie begins in 1971 as the neatness-obsessed but sharply observant 6 year-old Augusten (JOSEPH CROSS) finds himself trapped between his troubled parents: his mother Deirdre (ANNETTE BENING), an unpublished, not to mention unstable, confessional poet with delusions of being hugely famous, and his father Norman (ALEC BALDWIN), an alcoholic math professor who long ago gave up trying to solve the riddle of his wife's problems or his son's precocious behavior.

When the Burroughs' marriage goes to pieces, Deirdre signs up for therapy with the eccentric Dr. Finch (BRIAN COX), a highly unconventional shrink who takes the family under his wing. From the beginning, Augusten is suspicious of Dr. Finch's peculiarities - his office includes, among other oddities, a Masturbatorium where the good doctor goes to relax in the middle of tedious sessions. But when Dr. Finch fails to save the Burroughs' marriage, Augusten's life takes an even more wrenching turn. While Deirdre is packed off to a motel to continue her Valium-aided therapy, Augusten is sent to live in the Finch family home - a kind of Brady-Bunch-gone-bad world where for some dog kibble is a snack, sedatives are consumed like candy and grand prophecies emerge from the bathroom. As Augusten unwittingly becomes part of the family - which also includes the shell-shocked Mrs. Finch (JILL CLAYBURGH), "Bible-dipping" daughter Hope (GWYNETH PALTROW), disco-rebel daughter Natalie (EVAN RACHEL WOOD) and Neil Bookman (JOSEPH FIENNES), Finch's disturbed, 35 year-old, "adopted" son who lives in a shed at the back of the house - he will descend into a kind of surreal childhood hell. Yet, he will also find optimism among the horror, hilarity in the insanity and even love amid the dilapidated ruins as he never loses his spirit or his resilience. Ultimately, Augusten will survive through the most extraordinary of circumstances.

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