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Running With Scissors

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Source: Catholic News Service

Author Augusten Burroughs' best-selling memoirs about his wildly unconventional adolescence during which his mentally fragile mother (Annette Bening), estranged from her husband (Alec Baldwin), sent the boy (Joseph Cross) to be raised by her quack psychiatrist (Brian Cox) and his extremely dysfunctional family (Jill Clayburgh, Gwyneth Paltrow, Evan Rachel Wood, Joseph Fiennes). Director Ryan Murphy's episodic adaptation -- which may puzzle those unfamiliar with the book -- handles the provocative material with sensitivity, toning down the racier elements. Though some of the situations are, in themselves, morally objectionable (making the film unpalatable for many), the overall tone and resolution have a distinctly moral center. Pervasive rough language and profanity, a couple of discreetly handled same-sex relationships including a disturbing age-inappropriate one, other sexual themes and innuendo, scatological humor, drug use, domestic violence, an irreverent remark, discussion of suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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