It’s A Kind Of Funny Story

Posted: August 18, 2011 in Reviews
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Yes, it truly is a kind of funny story. This independent little film is based on a novel written by Ned Vizzini in 2006 about a seemingly depressed kid who books himself into a psychiatric hospital for a week and learns more about himself and meets the girl of his dreams (played by the splendid Emma Roberts).

The film is carried by the less than effervescent Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara) and the exceptionally hysterical Zach Galifianakis (Hangover Films).

Craig Gilner (Gilchrist) checks himself into a psychiatric hospital one “bad night” and forces himself into a hospital with interesting characters and the “looking at oneself” mentality. The plot reads like a satire, but delivers something which is at times, more skin than bone. There are beautiful moments in this film and there are some yucky, sentimental elements which strangely do not do justice to the story.

Look, I am all for quirky attributes to a plot and intelligent dialogue, but the very essence of such a type of film was perfectly executed in the critical darling,Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. It’s A Kind Of Funny Story is not completely bad and contains some elements of youthful intelligence and clever, sardonic storytelling. The way Gilchrist, Galifianakis and Roberts carry this film deserves an applause. Watch out for the excellent musical number of Under Pressure which was a light little piece of work in an already heady and slow film.

I liken my experience of this film to eating cheap chocolates. The experience is a simulation. There was not one, direct moment in the film which I can point to that I went, “Wow, this film truly is spectacular.” No, the entire sum of this film melted into one stream of syrup. The slow characterization, the thematic content, as well as the third act, all blended into one quirky, cute film.  It isn’t a terrible film, but it lacked the very essence of what a memorable film should be, substance.

When watching this film, one feels like you’ve seen all of it before, only better. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), writers and directors of the film, were not able to fully convey the message of the film to its’ audience and lacked the beautiful, quirky, love-ability of so many previous psychiatric ward, teenage turmoil films.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I expect audiences to watch this film and enjoy it. Do not expect to walk away feeling like you’ve witnessed something spectacular, you will most probably walk away and feel like you went on a relaxing, slightly emotional, Sunday cruise with the family.


3 out of 5

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