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Running with Scissors (2006)

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, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

The story of how a boy was abandoned by his mother and how he, later, abandoned her. The year he'll be 14, the parents of Augusten Burroughs (1965- ) divorce, and his mother, who thinks of herself as a fine poet on the verge of fame, delivers him to the eccentric household of her psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. During that year, Augusten avoids school, keeps a journal, and practices cosmetology. His mother's mental illness worsens, he takes an older lover, he finds friendship with Finch's younger daughter, and he's the occasional recipient of gifts from an unlikely benefactor. Can he survive to come of age? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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27 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recortes de mi vida  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$226,108, 22 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,754,898, 19 November 2006
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Trivia

Julianne Moore was originally attached to play Deirdre Burroughs. See more »

Goofs

In a scene between Dr. Finch and Bookman: Dr. Finch yells that he sent Bookman to photography school at the University of Rochester (U of R). The U of R is a medical and research school, with no photography majors. However the Rochester Institute of Technology is a world-known college for photography majors. See more »

Quotes

Neil Bookman: I'm a fuck-up and it's your fault!
Dr. Finch: That's right, Neil. Blame your father for your inability to focus. Direct all of that rage at me if it makes you feel better.
Neil Bookman: I can't focus because of the voices! I see you for what you are. Yeah. The camera never lies. No! My parents have given you thousands of dollars and I'm still sick! You have to help me get better! You know what I do! You have to help me get better!
Dr. Finch: You're right, Neil. You're right. I've done nothing, apparently. I've never pulled any ...
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Soundtracks

Pick Up the Pieces
(1975)
Written by Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Alan Gorrie, Onnie McIntyre (as Owen McIntyre),
Robbie McIntosh and Hamish Stuart
Performed by Average White Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and Courtesy of AWB Classics
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Young man survives crazy mother and crazy shrink
21 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Loved the movie. Annette Bening is sure to be nominated again for her performance. She was so crazy, and yet so sympathetic that I found myself crying for her. Jill Clayburgh was a real treat. I'm very happy that these women have decided to let themselves show their age and not become the plastic people Hollywood has come to expect.The soundtrack was also great. I had the feeling that a lot of the actors involved in this movie were in it because they believed in the material, not only for the money. Gwynth Paltrow has a fun, small part, and it was good to see Kristin Chenowith on screen. A wonderful story, and a wonder that Mr. Burroughs survived the reality.


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