Running with Scissors (film)

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Running with Scissors
Running with Scissors (2006 movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Produced by Ryan Murphy
Brad Pitt
Brad Grey
Dede Gardner
Augusten Burroughs
Screenplay by Ryan Murphy
Based on Running with Scissors 
by Augusten Burroughs
Starring Annette Bening
Brian Cox
Joseph Fiennes
Evan Rachel Wood
Alec Baldwin
Jill Clayburgh
Joseph Cross
Gwyneth Paltrow
Music by James S. Levine
Cinematography Christopher Baffa
Edited by Byron Smith
Production
company
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • October 27, 2006 (2006-10-27)
Running time 116 minutes
122 minutes (DVD release)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,460,797[1]

Running with Scissors is a 2006 American comedy-drama film based on Augusten Burroughs' 2002 memoir of the same name, written and directed by Ryan Murphy, and starring Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Plot[edit]

The film is a semi-autobiographical account of Augusten Burroughs' (Joseph Cross) childhood. His mother, Deirdre (Annette Bening), who wishes to become a famous poet, suffers from severe mood swings and erratic behavior. Augusten's alcoholic father, Norman (Alec Baldwin), proves to be of no help. By the time he is a teenager, Augusten no longer feels safe in his own house because of his parents. Deirdre claims that Norman is the reason for her unhappiness, and that he desires to kill her. She ultimately places Augusten under the care of her psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), the eccentric patriarch of an oddball family, which consists of his submissive wife Agnes (Jill Clayburgh), religious daughter Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow), and his rebellious youngest child Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood).

Augusten finds it hard to adjust to living with the doctor’s family, and is subject to irregular weekend visits by his increasingly unsound mother. After confessing to Natalie that he is gay, Augusten befriends Neil Bookman (Joseph Fiennes), Finch's adopted 33-year-old son. The two begin an erratic sexual relationship quickly after meeting, but Augusten finds it difficult to cope with their age difference.

Finch manipulates Deirdre into signing over her money to him. Deirdre finds temporary stability with her living companion Dorothy (Gabrielle Union), but Augusten feels like his mother no longer wants him, and deals with the negative effects of Neil's schizophrenia.

At the end of the movie, Augusten leaves for New York to become a writer. He says goodbye to his mother and goes to the bus station. Agnes, with whom he has developed a caring relationship, arrives and gives him some money she has saved up.

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Reception[edit]

The film was poorly received, obtaining 30% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Bening's performance in the film did garner her some praise, earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for the film was released on September 26, 2006, a month prior to the film's release.[3]

  1. "Pick Up the Pieces" – Average White Band
  2. "Blinded by the Light" – Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  3. "The Things We Do for Love" – 10cc
  4. "Mr. Blue" – Catherine Feeny
  5. "One Less Bell to Answer" – The 5th Dimension
  6. "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) – Nat King Cole
  7. "Poetry Man" – Phoebe Snow
  8. "Bennie and the Jets" – Elton John
  9. "Year of the Cat" – Al Stewart
  10. "O Tannenbaum" – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  11. "A Great Ocean Liner" – James S. Levine
  12. "Stardust" – Nat King Cole
  13. "Teach Your Children" – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

An adaptation of Telepopmusik's "Another Day" was also an underlying theme that recurred several times throughout the film. "Waltz For Debby", "Very Early", and "Re: Person I Knew", by Bill Evans are used in the film as well. The song playing in the "Stew" scene is "d-moll" by the duo Tosca off of their album Delhi 9; this theme is repeated through the film.

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