Running With Scissors is a schizophrenic film. It simply doesn't know what it wants to be %u2014 a witty and wacky satire, or a serious and heartfelt drama.
Well given the fact that it's a memoir of true events, it isn't so clean-cut as fiction.
Aug 31 - 02:51 PM
Good point Leah. Brandon, a story does not have to be cut cleanly into a genre in order to be extraordinary. In fact, it is precisely this blend of emotions which makes this movie so great.
When you undergo something terrible or unfortunate, the main way to get through it is to be able to laugh. People who have pushed through chaos like Augusten Burroughs will understand this, and will appreciate it's evocation of the familiar feeling of laughing amidst tears.
Additionally, the satirical nature of the movie is actually just an honest presentation of how Burroughs retrospectively sees these events. When things become so chaotic that they begin to feel surreal, that odd, satirical lens is what you begin to see the world through. At least, for people like Augusten it is. This world view is an adaptation that separates someone like Augusten from someone like Hope.
Jan 28 - 10:02 PM