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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

Writers:

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

Genres:

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

On the rooftop Noelle says that she likes the Pixies. Earlier, when she was mad at him and he was outside her door, an instrumental piano version of the Pixies song "Where Is My Mind" is playing. 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: [During a basketball practice in the hospital] How'd you end up in here?
Bobby: Man, you don't give up, do you? I'm on vacation.
Craig: Seriously.
Bobby: I am serious. Some people go to Hamptons. I come here. Get a little R&R. People feed you. I get high sometimes, man.
Craig: That's not what I've heard about you.
Bobby: [sigh] What did you hear?
Craig: [hesitating a bit] I heard you tried to rape a penguin at the zoo.
Bobby: [straightening up] Who told you that?
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Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »

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Don't Forget Your Torch
Written by Jon Durnie Brooks
Courtesy of APM Music
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It's kind of an awesome movie.
14 February 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"See, that's the part I don't get, Craig. I mean, you're cool, you're smart, you're talented. You have a family that loves you. You know what I would do just to be you, for just a day?"

Despite the fact that most critics were underwhelmed with It's Kind of a Funny Story, I found myself liking the movie. It's sort of a feel-good flick, despite being set in a mental hospital. Imagine a lighthearted version Girl, Interrupted with more teen angst (in a good way).

The story's about a teenage boy who's burnt out on pressure from parents, school, and his peers, exhausted, and contemplating suicide. He checks himself into a mental health clinic hoping for some kind of a quick fix, but instead has to spend five days in the adult ward (the youth ward is temporarily closed). He meets the requisite cast of oddball patients (including Zach Galifianakis), he grows close to the requisite love interest triangle (Emma Roberts & Zoe Kravitz), and he learns the requisite lessons about himself and life. 

So yeah, this isn't exactly a revolutionary movie. I enjoyed it, though. Keir Gilchrist is a likable young actor, and Galifianakis keeps thing from getting too serious with his quasi- mentor character. The young cast gives solid performances, as well (I've developed quite the massive crush on Zoe Kravitz, I hope she sticks around the movie biz for a long time to come).

All in all, not a bad movie to spend a couple of hours with. It leaves you in a positive mood, and the soundtrack is pretty rockin', too.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA) 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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1.85 : 1
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