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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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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 ... 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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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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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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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 Bobby and Craig are in the gym after playing basketball, Bobby is laying down on the floor. Bobby's shirt is covering and then is not covering the bottom of his stomach with each alternating shot. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eden Minerva: So, let's talk about your parents.
Craig: You think I can change my parents?
Dr. Eden Minerva: No, but I'm a psychiatrist, so I have to ask you about them at some point.
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Habina
Written by Tawfiq Barakat and Farid Al Atrache (as Farid Al Atrach)
Performed by Rachid Taha
Courtesy of Universal Music Division Barclay
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It's Kind of a Charming Movie
15 June 2011 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"It's Kind of a Funny Story" is a refreshing antidote to the seemingly endless parade of movies and T.V. shows about teen angst.

In it, Keir Gilchrist, in a winning performance, plays a young teen who's vaguely depressed for reasons he can't explain, is overwhelmed by the seriousness of the world in which he lives and even harbors the occasional thought of suicide. Thinking himself seriously messed up, he checks himself into a mental ward for a five-day stint, only to find out once there that he's nowhere nearly as screwed up as he thinks he is -- certainly not as screwed up as the other people on the ward who deserve to be there -- and that he's not suffering from anything that pretty much every other human being on the planet doesn't suffer from from time to time.

The lessons he learns will sound pretty familiar and sound like a summary of lines spoken by Ruth Gordon in "Harold and Maude." They're all about living life instead of being afraid of it, doing what makes you happy, and not letting others life your life for you. But though the moral of the story is as ordinary as morals come, it's delivered in a charming way, and the movie overall is extremely easy to like.

Grade: B+


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