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

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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

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£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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When Craig uses the pay phone for second time to call his best friend for ordering Egyptian music, he didn't insert any coins in it. In the earlier scenes, they clearly shows the coins sound while one of the patient gets off the phone. See more »

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Bobby: Hey, what's the pot up to now?
Johnny: Eleven.
Bobby: Eleven? Yesterday it was twelve.
Johnny: Humble ate a buck.
Bobby: Humble ate a buck?
Johnny: The professor bet him a dollar he wouldn't eat it. He won.
Bobby: What is the world coming to?
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Bobby: Bunch of nut jobs in here, I'll tell you that.
Craig: What's the money for?
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Not at My Best
Written and Performed by Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Justin Peroff and Sam Goldberg
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4 December 2010 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

An important movie, and an original movie whose originality is not its reason for being. That is, "It's Kind of a Funny Story" has emotional chops. Musical chops as well, but that's another review.

Yes, the shadow of a memory of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" came to me while watching, but I have to say this echo did not lessen "Kind of a Funny Story" by comparison. It's not an angry movie. It's not a star vehicle. It's not a plot-fest. It is not ego-driven. It is not desperate for laughs, though I laughed hard on several occasions. In fact I'll see it again to remember those lines.

This movie gives you time with interesting people. Defenseless and ordinary, and beautiful people. Teens need to feel, we all need to feel compassion for ourselves and everyone around us pushed to depression. "Funny Story" while not grimly realistic is realistic in heart.

Zach Galifianakis has transcendent scenes. Keir Gilchrist is just lost enough. Much to admire in the film-making. This one should not sink under the radar.


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