Running With Scissors
Joseph Cross, Jill Clayburgh as Augusten and Agnes
Ah, how nice not to be disappointed in a book-to-film translation. The last time I saw a movie that almost lived up to the book was Bastard Out of Carolina, based on the Dorothy Allison novel. All the most remarkable things about Burroughs's memoir were manifested in the movie. I'm not talking about the sensational aspects of the story, either, which are plenty and plenty sensational. I mean how Burroughs wrote his story in such a way that I could love every character even as he/she was doing deranged or despicable things. It would have been so much easier--and probably more POPular--to make things and people in the movie black and white. Great casting and performances brought the book's characters seamlessly from page to screen. Read the book. See the movie. Buy the soundtrack.