A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

Directors:

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Writers:

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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

When Craig and Noelle are running through the hospital hallways, it is an ode to the movie The Breakfast Club. See more »

Goofs

The Hassidic culture follow the observance of Kashruth. Strict laws involving prayer and food. Solomon who wares a Kippah (head covering) and has Tzitzits (fringes hanging out of his pants) automatically is eating Pizza which most likely is not kosher. Any orthodox Jew would question food origin automatically. See more »

Quotes

Craig: Time felt different back then. Like there was more of it.
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Soundtracks

Chameleon
Written by Brendan Canning, Ryan Kondrat, John LaMagna and Justin Peroff
Performed by Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.
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Let's have some fun with this....
20 March 2011 | by filmchasingSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Kind of a Funny Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,013,406, 10 October 2010

Gross USA:

$6,363,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,491,240
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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