Based on the memoir Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, the film is a semi-autobiographical account of Burroughs’ childhood. His mother (Annette Bening), perceiving an ill-fated upbringing, places him under the care of her unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), the eccentric patriarch of an oddball family.

At the age of 12, Burroughs (played by Joseph Cross) finds himself in Victorian squalor living an unconventional youth among the doctor’s family, and is subject to irregular visits by his increasingly unsound mother. At one point, Burroughs befriends Neil Bookman (Joseph Fiennes), Finch’s adopted 33-year-old son, and the two enter an erratic sexual relationship.

Music Supervisor: PJ Bloom

Music Coordinator: Jennifer Reeve

Director: Ryan Murphy

Producers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner

Composer: James S. Levine

Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment