Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Thursday November 7, MOVIE: Running With Scissors

Ray Of Hope Church

380 West 1st Street · Elmira, NY

How to find us

Come to the small door on the far right on the front of the building on the West 1st Street side.

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Come out and enjoy meeting new friends, have a snack, and see a film from the queer cinema tradition together. The film this week is: Running With Scissors.

From TV Guide: Running with Scissors is the hilarious and poignant feature film based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs. Growing up in the 1970's, young Augusten (Joseph Cross) was living a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and a bipolar mother (Annette Bening), an unpublished poet with delusions of becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augusten's mother sends him to live with her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox) and his eccentric extended family. Running with Scissors chronicles Augusten's survival under the most extraordinary of circumstances.

A Review by Ken Fox: Augusten Burrough's best-selling Me Decade memoir of a misbegotten adolescence spent shuttling between his manic-depressive mother and her psychiatrist is horrifying and almost too terrible to be entirely true; toned down and tamed for the screen, it's just a John Irving-esque romp about a colorful, quirky family. Augusten (Joseph Cross) is young, gay and on the verge of becoming a full-blown obsessive compulsive. If things weren't complicated enough, Deirdre (Annette Bening), the grandiose, narcissistic mother he worships, and Norman (Alec Baldwin), the alcoholic father he hardly knows, are on the verge of divorce. When Dad finally splits, Deirdre deposits Augusten at the home of Dr. Marion Finch (Brian Cox), the psychiatrist who plies her with Valium and encourages her increasingly psychotic quest to access her creative unconscious through abysmal confessional poetry. The Finch house is a dilapidated, Pepto-Bismol-pink pile filled with garbage, dirty dishes and various Finches: The doctor's haggard, long-suffering wife (Jill Clayburgh); his devoted eldest daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow), who consults the Bible as if it were a Magic 8-ball; and her younger sister (Evan Rachel Wood), an underage sexpot who dreams of one day escaping to a fancy women's college. Also on hand is Neil (Joseph Fiennes), a schizophrenic whom Dr. Finch has adopted. ..Neil's interest in Augusten goes from friendly to sexually abusive, and Augusten puts up with it: Neil is the only adult who pays him any attention at all. In addition to supporting Augusten's "relationship" with Neil, Dr. Finch also helps him stage a suicide attempt as a means of avoiding school. Frustrated by the absence of boundaries and his yearning for an ordinary family, Augusten begins a journal as a means of keeping himself sane, and in the process becomes a writer. "Where would we be without our painful childhoods?" sighs Dr. Finch, whose life's work rests on adolescent trauma, but the sentiment could have come directly from Burroughs, who made lemonade — and a literary career — out of God-given lemons. ..The movie winds up becoming "The Annette Bening Show," and she's quite good: Bening makes the most of a string of mad scenes for which any actress would kill, and the real pain she brings to the part grounds the film in something real. Reviewed by Ken Fox (

We now have 339 “members” to this Meetup group!!!! Come out, come out, wherever you are, bring snacks and / or beverages. There is no charge for this event. Donations to our host, Ray Of Hope Church are always welcomed. There is a discrete donation box by the exit from the chapel on your right. Please RSVP below so others know people attend these events. The numbers reported here are never correct. More people come than this shows, so do RSVP. We have a little motto: “Let’s put some feet to the street and actually meet and greet this week.” This is what the “meetup” concept is all about. We hope to see you there.

Hosted by Ray Of Hope Church, the only church in Central NY started and consistently supported by the GLBTQIS++ Community for 36 years.