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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  7 January 2011 (UK)
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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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Craig is a high-school junior, in the gifted program, infatuated with his best friend's girl. When he realizes he's suicidal, he checks himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital, thinking they'll do an observation, help him, and send him home in time for school the next day. Once in, however, he must stay for a week; the juvenile ward is being renovated, so he's in with adults as well as a few youths. Bobby, a man with a young daughter, shows him around; Craig notices Noelle, about his age. He tries to keep his friends from finding out where he is. Little things: he draws, goes to therapy, sings, helps Bobby rehearse an interview. Is this the stuff of insight? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£82,056 (UK) (7 January 2011)
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The film is an adaptation of Ned Vizzini's 2006 novel of the same name. The book was inspired by Vizzini's own brief hospitalization for depression in November 2004. In 2013, Vizzini committed suicide at the age of 32 by jumping off the roof of the building where his parents lived in Brooklyn. See more »

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Some of the psychiatric patients in the hospital are wearing sweatshirts with drawstrings. Mental health facilities would not allow patients to have these. The staff took away Craig's belt and shoelaces, so they likely would not have allowed drawstrings in the hospital. See more »

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Bobby: Well, well, well! Still working on it, Cool Craig?
Craig: It's not what you think.
Bobby: I think the two of you were playing the question game outside, that's what I think.
Craig: ...Well, I... guess it is what you think then.
Bobby: I thought so.
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Let's have some fun with this....
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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