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Release Date: October 20th, 2006

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2007

R|2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary
As the son of an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and a mentally ill mother (Annette Bening), young Augusten Burroughs (Joseph Cross) faces a challenging childhood at the very least. His life takes an unexpected turn when his mother gives him to her unorthodox therapist (Brian Cox), and the boy becomes a member of the doctor's own strange, extended family.

Cast: Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brian Cox, Jill Clayburgh, Joseph Fiennes, Joseph Cross, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin

Director: Ryan Murphy

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Plan B Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Office, Dark, Growing up, Father, Family, Amusing, Son, Daughter, 1970s, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all. show more

  • Too outlandish to be fully convincing, this adaptation of the best-selling memoir sacrifices subtlety for broad laughs. show more

  • Ms. Bening takes her part and acts it all over the place, while Ms. Paltrow and Ms. Wood do their best theater of the absurd. It is left to Ms. Clayburgh, in a performance free of vanity and artifice, to find the movie's heart.

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy