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Review: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” Was a Kind of Funny Story

The aptly named film about a clinically depressed and suicidal teen, was released this past weekend in theaters across America. Starring Zack Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist and Emma Roberts, I wouldn’t call it an all-star cast by any means, but certainly a cast of up and comers who have proven themselves in the past.

Our troubled teen, Craig (Gilchrist) is weighed down by a ton of issues a run of the mill teen faces every day, ie. girl problems, parental pressures, college application etc., but he simply can’t cope and wants out.

When he checks himself into the psychiatric ward, he is nervous and has second thoughts, but upon realizing he is stuck there for at least five days, he tries to make the best of it.

Throughout the film, Craig makes friends, seemingly overnight, with people you and I would most likely try to avoid a conversation with at all cost. He forms a bond with fellow patient Bobby (Galifianakis), who is one of the more normal people in the 3 North ward, but you can tell he clearly has issues, and he is on the edge.

As I said he’s dealing with girl issues, and of course develops a classic movie romance with Emma Robert’s character Noelle. He has a love interest from school, who of course is dating his best friend, and can’t manage the thought of it.

This movie was somewhat of a let down, it had its witty quips of humor, but over all was too predictable and is pretty much about a winey teen who can’t get his shit together. I am happy about the fact that we saw somewhat of a new side of Galifianakis, in that he strayed away from playing the awkwardly fat, yet lovable idiot we all love.

Aside from that, I found it to be a sort of social commentary and a wake up call to America, about the pressure and stress we put on kids to succeed, and how they should be able to do what they want to be happy. The fact that I’m in the middle of coming to terms with my future as I write this, I have to say that it’d be nice, but it’s simply a crock of shit. The way the world is today, you have to work hard and excel to succeed, and if you don’t, there are a million other kids that are willing to work that much harder. So if you want to do what you want, expect to happy but poor ei. not really happy…

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