It’s Kind of Funny Story
October 31, 2010
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Here is a movie that is all about finding your way through life…via a psychiatric ward. Like Girl Interrupted and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest before, our protagonist is a bit off by society’s standards, but one of the less afflicted in the ward.
Keir Gilchrist plays Craig, a boy whose thoughts of suicide have been more pronounced lately. Craig goes to a hospital and pleads to be admitted to their inpatient psychiatric wing of the hospital. There, Craig realizes too quickly how brash his decision was. He tries to get out and get back to his life, but the hospital has a minimum staying period of 5 days.
Here he is met by Bob, played by Zach Galifianakis, who takes him under his wing and shows him around. They quickly friends and over the time spent at the hospital they teach other a lot about life. He also meets Noel (Emma Roberts) and he starts to develop feelings for her.
The film stays true to its characters, never betraying them as the scenes enfold. Despite some obvious factual errors in how a ward is run, we see a rich and comprehensive environment. This is a place of hope and uplifting as opposed to usual evil psycho ward cliche. At first you laugh at some of the patients there, but as the film continues to explain them, you accept them and think of them as people rather than punchlines.
The film walks the line between comedy and drama well, but I still consider this a dark comedy. Major kudos to Galifianakis for portraying Bob. He was so believable that I hope the award ceremonies take notice. He isn’t over the top, and his character makes us both fear and enjoy what is to become of him. A great film that I hope all of you get a chance to see.4 out of 5 stars