It’s Kind of a Funny Story

2010

Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts

Depressed and possibly suicidal teenager, Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into the psychiatric ward at a hospital. The juvenile ward is being renovated so he is put in with the adults. Here he meets a host of unique characters.

While in the ward Craig must attend group functions and see a counselor like the other adult patients. Craig is hoping they can help him in one day and he can be back to school the next. Unfortunately, he’s stuck for five days.

Craig’s roommate, Muqtada, hasn’t left the room in weeks and says hardly anything. Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), becomes Craig’s friend… a big brother of sorts. Bobby seems like the only ‘normal’ person in there besides himself.

And then there’s Noelle. She brings out what’s hiding inside Craig.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a great movie. Granted it has the gloomy subject of suicide and such but not in an dark and nasty way. This story is told from the side of a person that thinks they want to commit suicide but in actuality they just need a little ‘time out’ to, say… get their ducks in a row?

I am not much of a Zach Galifianakis fan, but in this movie he is excellent. I can’t see where anyone else could have played this part any better. This is the first movie I can recall seeing Kier Gilchrist in. He reminds me of a young Justin Long. I think he’ll go far. The supporting cast was just as spectacular. There were some pretty funny scenes in the movie. I especially liked the guy that just shouts at random.

I recommend this as a definite two thumbs up movie.

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