It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) — Hey, it’s a movie set in a mental hostpital where nobody kills themself! Cool. I was worried for a good chunk of the movie (especially toward the end) that someone was going to do that. Anyway the story is about a kid (Keir Gilchrist) who’s really depressed over the normal teenage shit and then checks himself into a mental hospital and learns that some people have real problems. It actually is entertaining and doesn’t endorse the whole “oh after a few therapy sessions everyone’s problems are solved forever” approach (and even makes reference to that) that we see in most movies. Zach Galifianakis plays Bobby, the sort of “wise lunatic” stock character. After Up in the Air, I guess it’s not his first crack at dramedy but it does feel like one of those roles comedians take to get greater critical respect. Craig, the main character, has two potential love interests (both played by the daughters of people who were famous in the 80s): Nia (Zoë Kravitz), who is his best friend’s girlfriend, and Noelle (Emma Roberts), who is a fellow patient on the psych ward with noticeable slashes on her wrists and face. We’re supposed to root AGAINST the girl who has never tried to off herself and root for the one who has. It’s that kind of movie. But it all works somehow. It’s not great like the previous films directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Half Nelson and Sugar (both of which are amazing) but it’s an entertaining film where you care about the characters so that works. And no one kills themself so yay!

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