It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a film about a clinically depressed 16-year-old who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward where he gains a new lease on life. This comedic-drama opens in theaters October 8 in limited release.
What’s a 16-year-old boy doing playing music and table tennis with adult psychiatric patients – on a school day? It’s kind of a funny story… It’s @5:00 AM 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 and is admitted by a psychiatrist. 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 protege. 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. With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him by the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist Dr. Eden Minerva, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story stars Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Zoe Kravitz, Zach Galifianakis and Aasif Mandvi, and is directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story received mixed reviews from the critics.
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story, divided into neat little daylong chapters in Craig’s stay, lacks the staying power and bittersweet layering of Half Nelson and Sugar. Yet it holds together.” -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn’t nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself.” -Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
“Zach Galifianakis steals the picture as the chronically dysfunctional but eminently wise Bobby, who teaches the adolescent how to like himself. Warts and all.” -Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
Check out the It’s Kind of a Funny Story movie trailer below.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language.