Running with Scissors

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Ryan Murphy
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

You said, "Write what you know."

I love to garden so I thought

I would write about dirt and the sun.

It's shit, Fern.

It's sentimental. It's emotionally dishonest.

It implodes into nothingness. I was bored.

Were you bored, Christy?

It sort of didn't go anywhere.

You didn't tap into your creative

unconscious, Fern.


I'm sorry, Deirdre.

I so wanted to have a creative outlet

and I thought maybe this was it.

But you're right. It's terrible.

If Anne Sexton writes about flowers, Fern,

the poem isn't about the goddamn flowers.

The flowers would wilt and rot.

She'd use metaphor to explore her

dead marriage, her pain. You understand?

Sexton's therapist told her to write poetry

as a way to exorcize her rage.

Now, she's not a housewife.

She's a rock 'n' roller. Okay?

Last week in Boston, 2000 people waited

in a fucking blizzard to hear her read.

That's power recovered.

So that's what you need to do, Fern.

You need to recover

by expressing your anger.

I am angry.

- Steve takes me for granted.

- There it is again. Men.

I'm so sorry.

No, don't you dare apologize, Fern.

You funnel that rage into the only escape

you have. Your art.

Who wants to read next?

Christy, you're hiding.

I'm just not quite there.

Get the rage on the page, women.

- You infantile tyrant!

- Jesus.

You'd like nothing more than to see me

slit my wrists!

Why don't you just settle down?

You know, you are hysterical.

You're so goddamn hysterical!

- I'm hysterical? You think this is hysterical?

- Yes!

You poor bastard!

You're so repressed that you...

You mistake creative passion for hysteria!

Don't you see?

This is how you're killing me.

Nobody is trying to kill you, Deirdre.

You're doing

a perfectly good job of it yourself.

I wish you'd rot in hell.

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