||Title: It's Kind of a Funny Story
|Genre: Comedy, Drama
|| Year: 2010
|| Country: USA
||Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Dana DeVestern, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Karen Chilton
|| Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
My Review: Another angst filled, coming of age, young adult drama. This one has a little less romance than 'The Art of Getting By'. This movie is more drama than romance. Craig (played by Keir Gilchrist) is a tragically depressed teen - Seriously, if this kid/character qualifies as depressed, then we're all in some serious trouble. This teenager checks himself into a mental health clinic, thinking he'll get some instant attention and maybe some drugs? Confronting the reality of his life brings assurance that his life isn't quite as messed up as he had assumed. The script was well written, and characters well developed, but the story lacked focus and any sort of climax/conclusion. Acting (another movie starring Emma Roberts) was good, and the supporting cast was outstanding. A feel good movie which avoids any real issues associated with teenage depression or mental health. Entertainment only. 3 out of 5.
Summary: Craig is a high-school junior, in the gifted program, infatuated with his best friend's girl. When he realizes he's suicidal, he checks himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital, thinking they'll do an observation, help him, and send him home in time for school the next day. Once in, however, he must stay for a week; the juvenile ward is being renovated, so he's in with adults as well as a few youths. Bobby, a man with a young daughter, shows him around; Craig notices Noelle, about his age. He tries to keep his friends from finding out where he is. Little things: he draws, goes to therapy, sings, helps Bobby rehearse an interview. Is this the stuff of insight?