It's Kind of a Funny Story

7.11 h 41 min2010X-RayPG-13
HD. A troubled teen is given laughs and some valuable life lessons during a mandatory five-day stay in a psych ward in this comedy.
Ryan FleckAnna Boden
Keir GilchristEmma RobertsViola Davis
English [CC]
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Lauren GrahamJim GaffiganZoe KravitzZach Galifianakis
Kevin MisherBen Browning
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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AnonymousReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual but Good
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I had never heard of this film until it popped up in the recommendations while I was looking at something else. I like Emma Roberts, so I decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. Although its presentation is slightly offbeat and even comical at times, the subject matter is handled with the appropriate respect and provides thoughtful insight to mental illness. It has many profound scenes that make the characters--and audiences as well--think about the perspectives they have on their lives. The movie wasn't nearly as funny as I was led to believe it would be, but again, given the subject matter, I understand why it wasn't filled with constant humor. This is not the type of movie I would normally pick out, but it was very well made, and I would recommend watching it at least once.
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The film focuses largely on themes of depression and attempted suicide. There are some sexual situations and dialogue but no nudity or anything graphic. There is one F word and a moderate amount of PG-13 swearing.
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meReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
...and take your medication if it helps
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Was the kid a danger to himself? Maybe. Was he dealing with coming of age stresses and worries as he experiences the joys of childhood naivete slipping away and the decisions of adulthood looming - or was he clinically depressed? Great cast, good representation of people with a variety of mental conditions, though probably a prettier and more fun picture of a mental ward than can be real. The ending will probably help people who are stressed out, but not people who are clinically depressed.

Not a single mental health caution mentioned or resource for a Suicide Hot LIne before or after the film. This was not a comedy. Mental illness is not funny. This film paints a very unrealistic view of someone snapping out of it in 5 days, but a good idea to seek medical assistance. Would have given more stars if the makers of this film had taken the subject more seriously. NOT A COMEDY
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Endearing story about a teen dealing with pressure anxiety & sanity
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Keir Gilchrist is stressed out about school, his future and girls. You would think that would make It’s A Funny Kind Of Story your typical coming of age tale accept Keir is suicidal. He check himself into a hospital where he meets a cast of characters including Emmba Roberts and Zach Galifianakis. It’s a very endearing story.

It’s A Funny Kind Of Story presents the anxiety that Gilchrist faces that leads him to contemplate killing himself. It becomes an exploration into this life about how he grew up, how his parents were unaware and indifferent to his problems, his friends, etc.

One of the best scenes is a fantasy sequence when there’s musical therapy and Gilchrist and the others are all transformed into Rock performers decked out doing a version of Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure.

Galifianakis almost steals the show sometimes. He gets to play his usual irrelevant self. The first time he shows up for instance he stole a doctor’s scrubs so he could sneak into the check in center to get some coffee. When he hears about Gilchrist being suicidal he says he should be chasing girls instead like it’s no big deal. Other times he gets to play serious as he has real problems with his mental health and family. It’s something he usually doesn’t get to do.
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Melissa GReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Endearing with a hint of melancholy
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Its Kind of a Funny Story has some wonderful actors and despite having some typical elements of boy and girl rom-com cheese, this movie errs on the side of deep seated sorrow. The main character is a young teen who, having some depression and suicidal dreams, decides to check himself into the hospital, basically insisting he be admitted. Having worked in these types of facilities, all the situations involving this hospital were totally unrealistic, but I was willing to watch for the sake of movieland dramatization despite these fallacies. This teenage boy was not a typical kid, he was gifted with the knack of seeing just what made people tick, including his roommate who never left his bed. It was sweet to see him learn about himself in the middle of his hospitalization going from depressed and stressed (as a teen sounds so difficult) to hopeful and inspired. The art in this movie is excellent! That was honestly my favorite part of the film! How the director was able to stitch the art into the film and keep that as the string that ties the whole story together is beautiful. It was a great movie. In the end, I felt happy with a hint of sadness, but I guess that's just how life can feel sometimes.
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MariaReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unexpectedly wonderful unique film
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The boy who played the protagonist did a wonderful job; he's very talented, and it's a great casting job including others. Characters are built well, smooth editing, cool creative artwork, and I think the director did a wonderful job with this film. But first and foremost, it's a nice story with the artistic perspective of the protagonist who eventually learns about a life though other characters in turmoil. It's not dark at all despite the subject matter, in which I don't think it's easy to create the balance between committing a suicide and comedy. The comedian (sorry I can't remember his name, but like his works) who played Bobby was a good job too. I didn't know Jim Gaffigan, my favorite comedian, was in this film (played the father). I thought they all did a great job here.
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shopalotReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
not a comedy but definately a good watch
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I think it's about time someone made a movie like this where a suicidal/depressed person does seek help, is supported by family and friends and finds that the system, though imperfect, can help you sort out your turmoil. REALLY not sure why this is labeled a comedy. More light drama with a serious look at real issues. Some wrote that they thought the boy revealed about himself as "self indulgent" was not a great resolution. I have suffered depression and suicidal ideation as well. Honestly, much of depression is from self pity and self indulgence so to speak. I have real problems which dont need to be aired here. However to come to a realization at a young age that you can self perpetuate your own depression is a HUGE step. Great touches on all psych issues without over exposure. Having been a health care provider, it is not that they "don't care". They are there to keep perspective and to help people realize how resilent they actually are. If health care workers involved themselves on every level of each one's issues, they would be suicidal themselves! I thought healthcare was reflected accurately, not aloof. Some went the extra mile. Some held back. Everyone is different. Bottom line....a call for everyone to wake up to seeking help. Know its ok to call the hotline, and to share your story. Kudos to the storyline for showing a positive outcome when not everyone does. But good things CAN happen
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ArsMagnaReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie is as clsoe to a lies as is possible, whitewashing the mafia of mental illness malpractice syndicate, the pharmaceutical cartels and insurance grifters that own the American medical-psychiatric business. The people who run these organizations are not healers, they are gangsters who profiteer from human suffering. Shrinks are witchdoctors with PHD's who have next to no understanding of human nature, the pharmaceutical cartels are pernicious drug dealers who's object is to get as many people hooked as possible and the insurance industry profiteers from offering reduced rates for grotesquely overinflate charges for healing that is not only inefficient, but reminiscent of the medieval ignorance of mental illness.
5 people found this helpful
Colton WilliamsReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Favorite movie ever
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When I first watched this movie, I had been in the process of watching many films that reviewers would like much more than this. This is a movie you just have to experience, not necessarily critique everything. Some people will connect with this movie and some won't. It might not be as detailed as the book, however I thought this movie was very touching. It deals with a very touchy subject, depression and the results of depression. Even though I caught myself laughing a lot, I caught myself tearing up during the conversations between Craig and Bobby, and then laughing again shortly after. This because of Zach Galifianakis' and Keir Gilchrist's wonderful acting. This movie changes its tone a lot, however it always keeps a similar vibe. You're either crying, laughing....or just thinking. It is very hard to find a movie even similar to this. It is a movie that I catch myself quoting and thinking about when life gets tough. I will try to watch this only on special occasions just so I don't spoil it. If you haven't watched this movie, it is worth an hour and a half of your time. I do recommend watching the movie first and then reading the book. Also I didn't know of what happened to the author before watching this movie, I was very saddened and discouraged at hearing the news. R.I.P. Ned Vizzini. His life and his story has helped saved many people. Thank you for reading this.
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