It's Kind of a Funny Story

2010

It's Kind of a Funny Story

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.

57%

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Total Count: 133

65%

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User Ratings: 34,066
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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 displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle, who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush, Nia. During his five days' stay, Craig learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.

Cast

Viola Davis
as Dr. Eden Minerva
Karen Chilton
as Nurse Harper
Aasif Mandvi
as Dr. Mahmoud
Lou Myers
as Jimmy
Novella Nelson
as The Professor
Caitlin Kinnunen
as Science Geek
Jee Young Han
as HS Do-Gooder
Leo Allen
as Mr. Reynolds
Billy McFadden
as Little Craig
Mary Birdsong
as Bobby's Ex
Susan Blommaert
as High School Teacher
Rosalyn Coleman
as Monica/"Under Pressure" Nurse #1
Kenya Brome
as "Under Pressure" Nurse #2
Delia Reed
as "Under Pressure" Nurse #3
Stewart Steinberg
as Charlie Custodian
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  • May 01, 2019
    I had been hunting this film down for quite some time and I'm happy to say it was worth the wait. The film has strong focus on the characters and they are the driving force of the story. A great cast circled this project and it is easy to see why. Great soundtrack and some up and coming actors are provided great material to work with. The movie is a bit of a downer but you'll be rewarded with a wide range of character actors driving this film forward. Good film and well worth a look. 27/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    I'm a sucker for the teenage angst type of movie, and this is a version of that genre. It would be lovely if everyone could find out so much about their lives in just 4 or 5 days as is depicted in this movie.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    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.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2012
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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