The Squid and the Whale / Running With Scissors
Double Feature
Original Title: Squid and the Whale / Running With Scissors
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 2005
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Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 683904-631725
Running time: 3:23 (203 Min.)
Casetype: HD Slim
Format: Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: March 26, 2013
Collection type: Owned (#4033)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 21, 2014
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 8 / 10
Review (video): 6 / 10
Overview
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE :

In his third feature, director Noah Baumbach scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a teenager whose writer-parents are divorcing. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half-civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents. The film is squirmy-funny and nakedly honest about the rationalisations and compensatory snobbisms of artistic failure as well as the conflicted desires of adolescents for sex and status. In detailing bohemian-bourgeois life in brownstone Brooklyn, Baumbach is spot on. Everyone proceeds from good intentions and acts rather badly, in spite or because of their manifest intelligence. Fulfilling the best traditions of the American independent film, this quirky, wisely written feature explores the gulf between sexes, generations, art and commerce, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS :

Augusten’s mother (Annette Bening) is a deluded aspiring poet with bipolar disorder whose marriage to his dad (Alec Baldwin) is in ruins. Soon, she is seeing a very eccentric therapist named Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), while Augusten (Joseph Cross) is left in the care of Finch’s wacky family, including his tightly-wound daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow). Abandoned by his parents and adopted by the Finches, he finds a kindred spirit in youngest daughter Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood) and motherly support from Finch’s long suffering wife Agnes (Jill Clayburgh). Constantly recording the events of his life in his journal as a way to cope, Augusten finds himself avoiding school, learning about love from an older man (Joseph Fiennes), and making big decisions at the tender age of fifteen. One of the wildest comedy adventures in years!
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