Running with Scissors details
|Starring:||Gwyneth Paltrow, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin|
Running with Scissors
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Jun 2007|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, Hindi, Italian, Portugese, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Augusten Burroughs is put through his paces as a teenager when he is handed over to his mother's therapist.
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Dark comedy minus the comedy!!By balearicbayes (23 reviews) from Denny , 19 Dec 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]This film had the potential to be on par with the likes of The Royal Tenenbaums and numerous other movies dealing with dysfunctional families, but it never quite reaches that level. There is just too much tragedy in the lead characters life for even the slightly funny bits to raise a smile.
I found myself more concerned with the fact that this film is based on Augusten Burroughs' personal memoirs, and alarmed that all these events actually happened to this poor kid!!!
There is a couple of redeeming qualities though- one is Annette Bening who acts her socks off as the crazy mum, and the second is that Augusten survived his traumatising childhood to become a success!!!
Think I might go back and read the book instead!!!
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not sureBy a customer from Lincoln , 07 Jan 2009I don't know the film was good on the whole however I felt at times it went a bit overboard for the sake of it, however if its based on a true story who am I to judge if its ott really lols. I probably wouldnt watch it again in a hurry but I am glad I gave it a go. sometimes its good to just watch a mad film.
I would comment too that I don't think it is too much of a dark comedy to be able to laugh, I found myself smiling and laughing a little from time to time.
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!By a customer from London , 05 Jan 2009Boring, dull, and almost makes you lose the will to live. I had to turn it off after 15 minutes as it was utter dross.
Fantastic acting, good storyBy AngelC80 (94 reviews) from Leicester , 17 Dec 2008Augusten is the central character, a boy growing up in an extremely dysfunctional family. His dad is distant and struggles to understand him or cope with his mother, leaving the family soon into the film. His relationship with his mother, Deidre (Annette Bening) is somewhat co-dependant. Initially he dotes on her and emulates her; however, it soon becomes clear that Deidre has psychological problems and that the relationship between them is abnormal. Deidre's 'therapist' then becomes part of the story and Austen is sent to live with him and his even more dysfunctional family.
This film is about mental illness but not in the sense that it studies it or explores it deeply - it shows the impact it can have on those around it and for those suffering it, but more as a by-product of the story rather than a key focus. The sense of humour in this film I really enjoyed, it isn't laugh out loud but it is quirky and intelligent. There is an actual plot, a story that gets from A to B. Also, the characters are fabulous and the acting is flawless - Annette Bening in particular. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone that liked Igby Goes Down or similar films.
Surprise SurpriseBy a customer from London , 11 Dec 2008Excellent film well acted good characters what a surprise
Don't listen to the others! This is good!By a customer from Manchester , 07 Dec 2008This is the second film i have seen in two days that was slated by the critics and those on love film! Both have been fantastic films that will be on my 'to buy' list in the near future (the other being Dangerous Parking). I can't believe why anyone would say this is a 'bad' film. I read the book, and Burroughs book that follows on called 'Dry' and so didn't want to see the film as it was being made out as a poor imitation.... It is certainly engaging and tragically comic, though you need a highly developed sense of humour to 'get it' (something i'm now convinced most those who reviewed this don't have). Maybe you need to have had some kind of trauma in your life to get kicks watching the torment these characters go through, I don't know. This film is not mainstream so if you want typical Hollywood fodder, go elsewhere. Otherwise, this is an affecting, well acted (Bening in particular), film, that whilst not quite equalling the book, certainly does it justice. Brings to mind, for me, recent films such as Garden State and Juno only a little 'crazier'. If you liked those, give this a chance...