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In the real world, mental illness is a serious problem. In this film, it gives everyone a license to run around like characters in a Lewis Carroll story -- all of it set to predictable pop hits from the 1970s.
Anyone who has watched 10 minutes of Nip/Tuck knows [director] Murphy is adept at cramming all sorts of weirdness into a couple of hours, but in Running With Scissors he turns out to be inexplicably squeamish.
When Bening is all wound up and blowing the rafters off as the demented, repulsive/charming, self-deluded Dierdre, the movie has an engine. You may not approve, but the great Bening is so captivating you cannot look away.
Less than ideally focused but with terrific performances -- especially by the Oscar-baiting Annette Bening as a monster mom -- this is a compulsively watchable movie best enjoyed by forgetting that it's supposedly based on actual events...
The perception gap between an author's words on the printed page and how they translate to the screen has never yawned so widely as it does for Running With Scissors, a black comedy more likely to provoke upchucks than yuks.
This comedy, adapted by writer and director Ryan Murphy from the real Augusten Burroughs' apparently truthful memoir of the same title, wears a deep and sophisticated shade of black and is also very, very sad.
The laughter elicited by Running with Scissors tends to be of the embarrassed sort, the impact of its neglected child horror story blunted. Blame it on the movie's high-camp gloss; it trivializes what is far from trivial.