Running With Scissors

This 2006 biography of Augustin Burroughs' outrageous childhood boasts a stellar cast:
  • Joseph Cross ("Strangers With Candy) is our teenaged hero, struggling for an ordinary life "with Hamburger Helper...";
  • Annette Benning ("The Women") is spectacularly good as his unstable mother (she was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role);
  • Brian Cox ("Zodiac") is her Machiavellian therapist;
  • Jill Clayburgh (LOTS of TV) is his wife with no dreams of her own;
  • Alec Baldwin ("My Sister's Keeper") is Burroughs' alcoholic father;
  • Evan Rachel Wood ("Whatever Works") is one of his adopted siblings;
  • Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love") is another adopted sibling;
  • Gwyneth Paltrow ("Iron Man") is yet another....

Suffice it to say, truth is far stranger than fiction and Burroughs was clearly delighted to find writer/director Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck" and "Glee") to help bring his bizarre upbringing to the screen. The consistent quality of the performances tells me that Murphy is a fine, fine director.

My thanks to the Swedish branch of JayFlix for bringing this gem to my attention.