Sunday, November 12, 2006

READING REVIEWS IS IMPORTANT: Far more entertaining than Running With Scissors, which attempts to substitute a few nice performances (Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, and Evan Rachel Wood in particular) and a sold gold 70's KTEL soundtrack for narrative coherence or really any semblance of a plot, was the reaction of the middle aged woman in front of me, who had brought her 8-10 year old daughter to see the film. In particular, she loudly took umbrage at the gay content in the film, shouting her disapproval after a post-coital shot of Joseph Cross and Joseph Fiennes as well as during the Chenoweth/Bening makeout scene, and loudly walking out after a later Cross/Fiennes scene, calling it "smut." I can only imagine what she would have thought of Borat, which was playing down the hall.

Another thing that bugged? Why, in all the publicity for the film and in the film itself, is it stated that it is "based on the personal memoir of Augusten Burroughs?" Are they trying to avoid an "inspired by/based on a true story" tag as a result of litigation? If so, why not just use "Based on the book by Augusten Burroughs?" Or are they trying to avoid a James Frey tag, since i'm fairly confident elements of the film are exaggerated in at least some ways from reality? It confused me.

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