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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

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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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Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

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Anna Boden (screenplay), Ryan Fleck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keir Gilchrist ... Craig
Dana DeVestern ... Alyssa (as Dana De Vestern)
Lauren Graham ... Lynn
Jim Gaffigan ... George
Karen Chilton Karen Chilton ... Nurse Harper
Zach Galifianakis ... Bobby
Aasif Mandvi ... Dr. Mahmoud
Jared Goldstein ... Ronny
Alan Aisenberg ... Scuggs
Zoë Kravitz ... Nia
Thomas Mann ... Aaron
Jeremy Davies ... Smitty
Rosalyn Coleman ... Monica / 'Under Pressure' Nurse #1
Viola Davis ... Dr. Eden Minerva
Lou Myers ... Jimmy
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 giorni fuori See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,013,406, 10 October 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,350,058, 21 November 2010
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Shot over a period of six weeks. 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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Craig: Take my dad. I just saw him today, like... and he knows I'm here 'cause I'm stressed out, but he still brings up the Gates application. It's, like, "Get a clue, Dad. There's something bigger going on here."
Dr. Eden Minerva: And what's that?
Craig: I don't know. But it feels big.
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Soledad
Written by Pharoah Sanders (as Ferrell Sanders)
Performed by Pharoah Sanders
Courtesy of Evidence Music Inc.
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My 359th Review: Clearly one of the better films of 2010: Fleck / Boden do it again
30 January 2011 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are, in this reviewer's opinion, the best writer / director team working in film today. Both Half Nelson and Sugar (Which made my top 5 for 2008) were good and here they go more mainstream and produce a simple yet vibrant low-fi comedy. If you go expecting the Hangover, a full on comedy, then this might take some adjusting to - it is more than that. It reminded us most of the same vibe Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist had.

Craig (Keir Gilchrist) is an angsty teen and checks himself into a psych ward for 5 days. He is excellent, like a cross between Justin Long and Michael Cera and should get good work off the back of this. Here Craig meets the wizened Bobby (Zack Galifianakis), who has a complete emotional range here, his hangdog is perfect and watched closely you'll see every thought and facial gesture with real pleasure, and a teenage girl his age, Noelle (Emma Roberts). The supporting cast have groupworked this really well and it all just gels nicely. The film is a journey of self- discovery.

What lifts this is it doesn't have a mean bone in its body yet delivers beautifully - this film is firstly, optimistic about pessimism and abounds with humor, laughter, and originality, and secondly, Fleck again coxes the the actors to simply act, without excess.

It does a wonderful balancing act of making us see the world afresh too. In addition to all this it is totally refreshing to see a teen movie that is about teens and their world and not just another slapstick sex comedy.

I could only wish for 20 films a year like this, rather than the cookie cutter production values that govern Hollywood. The common trait in all three films are honesty, struggle, and eventually, something more. That's three in a row for Fleck / Boden - and I, for one, can't wait to see the fourth...


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