Running With Bestsellers

The Devil wears Prada spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (subtitled as a memoir) spent two and a half consecutive years on these charts.

So, it might come as no surprise that the movie trailer to Running with Scissors gave Toffi and me more giggles than the whole Devil wears Prada film.

Scissors is about Burroughs’ teenage years, starting at age twelve. The child is sent to live with his mother’s psychiatrist Dr. Finch when his parents separate and his mother comes out as a lesbian.

The trailer starts with the cute lines:

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Augusten: I polish my allowance.
Dad: But why, Augusten, why?
Augusten: Because I like shiny things.

Obviously, the openly gay author must have had his coming out at a very young age. With its quirky humor and vintage look, the trailer reminded me a bit of Harold and Maude.

The film stars Annette Benning, Joseph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Cross as the main actor. It opens in North America on October 11 and in Germany on January 11.

In addition to all that, I had to like the trailer as it features one of my favourite songs by Elton John, Bennie and the Jets.

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