Mar 14, 2011

It's Kind Of A Funny Story Review

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Premise:
Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) is a suicidal sixteen year old who decides to check himself into a mental hospital. What follows is his road to recovery, finding friends, finding love, and finding himself.


Standouts:
Anyone who's seen Zach Galifianakis' comedy/comedic acting knows that he has a very unique dead-pan humor. This worked perfectly in this dramedy, because he was surprisingly the most normal guy in the film but just quirky enough to make the tone feel light. Also loved Emma Roberts and thought she did a great job. On the other hand, all of Craig Gilner's friends in the film were completely stale and generic.


My Highlights:
Music Therapy, Muqtada at the end of the film, and everything Emma Roberts.


Overall Rating:
Some of the points of the story seemed really deus ex machina - just there because they needed to be in order for the story to move on, but the overall story was very good. I would have liked a stronger ending scene, but there was a lot of good stuff in this film. Hopefully all the main characters end up with more work in the future, or even this setting gets used again, as I think it has a lot of potential. 4 *'s out of 5, or 8 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
If you like coming-of-age stories, I think you'll really enjoy this film. It's got a somewhat different spin on things and can be somewhat eye-opening to subjects not often talked about.

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