Monday, September 24, 2007

Running with Scissors

I just finished watching this film while Jon is out playing basketball on the 50+ team.

I knew from reading the book that this was going to be a "dark" movie. It's amusing and disturbing at the same time. There isn't one character who is completely sane, and most of the characters are downright psychotic. Each character exhibits bits and pieces of insanity that we, ourselves might find ourselves experiencing at some time in our lives...all rolled into a small cast in a short amount of time.

You have to keep an open mind when watching this film, and have to pay close attention. It's not a film you can sit and flip through a magazine while watching at the same time.

The book is much better and hard to believe that it is a true memoir of Augusten Burrough's bizarre and freaky life. His mother is a total nutcase, his father abandons them both and finds a young woman to marry. The shrink his mother gets involved with is a real fruitcake, nutter. The wife of the shrink may be the most sane, and most sad of all the characters as she tries to maintain some semblance of sanity in a house full of crazies.

I don't think Jon would like this flick and I would say that it is more of a literary person's film. One who likes to analyze and think about it long after watching it. I give it three stars.

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