Monday, April 16, 2007

Running with Scissors (2006)

***
USA

Augusten Burroughs' memories of his hyper-dysfunctional adolescence are barely believable as it is - it's what makes them compulsive - but in his movie adaptation writer-director Ryan Murphy chooses to further amplify and gaudify them. The more seasoned among his performers lend honesty to scenes they are allowed to play in minor key, while Murphy himself seeks out moments of schlocky transcendence - and in all the wrong places at that.

wr/dir: Ryan Murphy
cast: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Evan Rachel Wood, Jill Clayburgh, Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union, Patrick Wilson

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