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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 October 2010 (USA)
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A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.




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Sometimes what's in your head isn't as crazy as you think.


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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8 October 2010 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,013,406 (USA) (8 October 2010)


£82,056 (UK) (7 January 2011)

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20 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A depressed teen admits himself into a psych ward & meets some colorful folks.

Complex issues switched up and told in a free-spirited way. There's nothing sugar-coated about these characters, which is probably why I like them so much. Pluses for having them relate to our current society; these characters could be someone on your own street.

With a narrative & creative style similar to 500 Days of Summer, this is an oddly inspirational tale.

Comic relief provided by the excellent Zack Galifianakis.

Great music, great film!

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