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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 75
Rotten: 54

Critics Consensus: It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 33,070

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Movie Info

It's 5 a.m. on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic. This bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital. But the youth ward is temporarily closed -- so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby, soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
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Written By:
Anna Boden , Ryan Fleck
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 8, 2011
Box Office:
$6.4M
Runtime:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for It's Kind of a Funny Story

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (54) | DVD (7)

It's Kind of a Funny Story lacks substance, but after you've spent a short time in this ward, you have to agree with Craig: These crazies aren't so bad.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A pleasant movie, but no more.

Full Review… | January 5, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The journey is aided immeasurably by the casting of Keir Gilchrist as young Craig. He has dark, sensitive eyes and a probity about him that wins you to his side.

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film's co-writing-directing team, are too principled to tip the film into the slacker reaches of sorrow.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have created a solid mix of serious, darker scenes and flights of fancy.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The acting is strong, with Galifianakis doing an especially good job as the likeable Bobby.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
ReelViews
Top Critic

Galifianakis [is] able to turn on a dime; balancing his disarming humour with moments of anguished outbreaks. His is one of the best supporting performances of recent memory; equally funny and heartbreaking. If only I could say the same of the movie.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Quickflix

For all its problems, though, the film is easy-going, frequently channels into a sweet-natured tone and is able to raise a few chuckles.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

It may not be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but it's also not Patch Adams.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

...runs out of steam about half way through but with a likable cast and an interesting setup you'll want to finish what you started.

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Daily Film Fix

It's also a kind of two-dimensional romance, a kind of flippant look at life on a mental ward, and (...) kind of made me want to give Zach Galifianakis a hug.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
What Culture

The film's central element -- its sensitive exploration of a young teen's emotional confusion -- creates strong audience empathy, however, and gives Fleck and Boden a fertile focus for their signature light-hearted humanist storytelling.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011

Wavering between affecting dramedy and goofy asylum- com, this is an enjoyable but superficial placebo that soft-soaps the realities of psychological disorder.

Full Review… | January 26, 2011
Total Film

[A] flimsy, box-ticking quirk fest.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011

As a self-help sitcom, it feels both glib and icky. Glicky?

Full Review… | January 13, 2011
Daily Telegraph

In the end, like the instantly-forgettable title, it's kind of neither one thing nor the other and certainly no match for the likes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or even Girl, Interrupted.

Full Review… | January 12, 2011
Birmingham Post

Boden and Fleck expertly negotiate the fine line between sunny optimism and deepest despair, as Craig's emergence into a renewed love for life is offset by the rather different kind of departure that is delicately hinted for another main character.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011
Film4

This boy doesn't need therapy or happy pills but a large slap round the chops.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

No it's not. It's kind of a rubbish story.

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Guardian

As disposable as a paper cup and, for such promising directors, a serious regression.

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Little White Lies

It's a fine teen film - and how often do you see those words in the same sentence?

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Radio Times

It kind of isn't.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
News of the World

I'm pretty sure if I'd seen this movie when I was 17, I would have loved it.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
IFC.com

In the end, the title of the film contains an irony that may be lost on the filmmakers: this is kind of a funny story, no more, no less.

Full Review… | December 7, 2010
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Audience Reviews for It's Kind of a Funny Story

½

When I first saw the traielr for this, I feared it was going to be some big rip off of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and, while there are traces of that, the film thankfully is not that, and is its own little thing. That, and since Fleck and Boden were behind it, I got the feeling that this seemed like the sort of film they'd make anyway.

While the film is a little underwhelming and feels a bit too precious or indie, or trite and a little too neat and tidy (which is actually addressed in the film), I liked it. I wanted more, but this didn't leave me unsatisfied, either. The writing was a little weak, and Craig didn't really seem like he needed to be at the hospital, but I found myself able to relate to him and some of the other characters...maybe more than I'm comfortable with, actually.

Where this film really shines is with the acting. As others have said, Galifianakis knocks it out of the park, showing that he really does have some legit and serious acting chops. He gives a really nuanced performance that seems like we knew he had it in him, but just needed to see it to be sure. I look forward to seeing him do more stuff like this. The rest of the cast is good too. Lots of known names and faces, but not in a gimmicky stunt casting sort of way. Galifianakis owns this one, but Emma Roberts is also really quite good, and also achieves the right balance given the type of character she's playing. Keir Gilchrist is not bad as Craig, but I think could have been just slightly better.

While this film didn't grab me like I thought it would, it's decent enough, and should be pleasing in some way for just about anyone who sees it.

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cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I don't wanna be a dick and say teenagers don't have real problems, or even that the teenager in THIS movie has no real problems, BUT the teenager in this movie certainly has issues articulating his problems, so I am left with the impression that this movie just wanted to create a young romance in an unconventional location but neglected to set up the proper groundwork for mental illness or distraction.

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aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A week in a mental ward is one sobering reexamination and reappraisal for one depressed teen in this predictable New York dramedy. Zach plays Yoda.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

It's a very gentle portrayal of mental instability and I really liked it for that. The mental ward was so peaceful and loving. I'm glad this fictional character got to stay in this kind of environment.

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jennifxu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

It's Kind of a Funny Story Quotes


Craig:
Run, travel, swim, skip....yeah I know it's lame but whatever, skip anyway. Breathe. Live.
– Submitted by Kent H (2 years ago)
Craig:
Sometimes I wish I had an easy answer for why I'm depressed. That my father beat me, or I was sexually abused. But, my problems are less... dramatic than that.
– Submitted by Ondreia P (2 years ago)
Craig:
Sometimes I wish I had an easy answer for why I'm depressed. That my father beat me, or I was sexually abused. But, my problems are less... dramatic than that.
– Submitted by Ondreia P (2 years ago)
Joanie:
Um, everybody our new guest Craig is having what we call an artistic block. He doesn't know what to draw.
Humble:
How 'bout beavers?
Joanie:
Humble we don't, uh we don't draw the kind of beavers you're talking about...
Humble:
Oh really? (shows picture of beaver)
Joanie:
That's... actually nice. I thought it was going to be a vagina, that's nice.
– Submitted by Melissa I (3 years ago)
Bobby:
All I have to wear to the interview is this sweater.
Humble:
It's a nice sweater.
Bobby:
No it's not. It smells like a hobo's Band-Aid.
– Submitted by Deborah W (3 years ago)
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:
Craig: [hesitating a bit] I heard you tried to rape a penguin at the zoo
Bobby:
Bobby: [straightening up] Who told you that?
– Submitted by Lumi A (3 years ago)

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