Home
NEW TODAY
SCRIPT CONTESTS
FREE EVENTS
WATCH MOVIES
NEW MOVIES
FESTIVAL VIDEOS
PICTURES
READ POETRY
MOVIE SCENES
SUBMIT your FILM
POETRY CONTEST
DAILY PODCASTS
WATCH FREE FILMS
THE LAST RITE
2010 MOVIES
ACTORS
ACTRESSES
DIRECTORS
MOVIES by YEAR
FILM FRANCHISES
MOVIE GENRES
NOTES and IDEAS
WATCH VIRAL
GET OUR E-ZINE!
CONTACT US
TOP 100 Sex
FAQ
2011 MOVIES

Subscribe To This Site
XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines
 

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, 2010
Movie Reviews!


Screenplay Contests
FESTIVAL EVENT DETAILS:
NEXT Film Festival

SUBMIT your TV script
SUBMIT your 1pg. script
Film Festival
CLICK and WATCH MOVIES ONLINE!

WATCH today's TOP SHORT FILMS
EXPLORE and WATCH the TOP PAGES on THE NET!!
TOP 100 PEOPLETOP 100 LISTS
WATCH and SEE the best of people in various fields!
TOP 100 MOVIESTOP 100 MOVIE PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of film!
TOP 100 SEXTOP 100 SEX PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of sex pages online!
2010 MOVIE BEST2010 MOVIE BEST
See the best of 2010!
sex videosGREATEST SEX VIDEOS
Watch the best of internet sex scenes!
WATCH MOVIESWATCH Today's MOVIES
Best of NEW films on the NET!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCRIPTS
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!
NEW MOVIE REVIEWSNEW MOVIE REVIEWS
Read Today's POSTED REVIEWS
ACTRESSTOP 100 ACTRESSES of all-time
See the list! Pages of each actress
ACTorTOP 100 ACTORS of all-time
See the list! Pages of each actor
DIRECTORTOP 100 DIRECTORS of all-time
See the list! Pages of each director
FRANCHISETHE MOVIE FRANCHISE
Watch, see and explore over 40 of the greatest
MOVIE SCENESWATCH MOVIE SCENES
Greatest scenes in film history

ITS KIND OF A FUNNY STORY IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, 2000
Movie Reviews

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, ZoŽ Kravitz, Thomas Mann, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Jeremy Davies, Aasif Mandvi

WATCH MOVIE TRAILER

Review by Jane Hopkins

SYNOPSIS:

A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

Release Date: 08 October 2010

Take a look at what's new today!

REVIEW:

We've all been there: tough pressures at school/work, family at home who don't entirely understand, and friends you can't explain it to without feeling weird. It's called being a teenager. (Sometimes it's called being an adult, too). Most of us just muddle through those years, eventually gaining up the perspective to put those feelings in their proper place. Young Craig (Keir Gilchrist) has decided to take a short-cut by committing himself to the local psychiatric ward for observation.

Ken Kesey is probably rolling over in his grave somewhere, but once you get past the faux-psychiatry trappings, "It's Kind of a Funny Story" isn't a bad little comedy.

Based on Ned Vizzini's not quite so funny story, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's ("Half Nelson") adaptation is more of a light teen fantasy wrapped up in the patina of drama, but the fact that it doesn't dwell on its darker aspects actually makes the shallowness easier to take.

In the world of Boden and Fleck's film, a New York psychiatric ward is more of a quirky rest home than a place for the wildly erratic, overly medicated mentally ill. And who knows, maybe it is, though somehow I doubt any psyche ward you'd actually want to visit is anything like a real psyche ward. It's not important for the film to find out Ė it's more about making the distinction between a young man's perception of having a difficult life and what having a difficult life is actually like.

LISTEN TO MOVIE RADIO
MOVIE PHOTOS AND IMAGES

Search MOVIES and VIDEOS

MOVIE KILLWATCH TOP 100 MOVIE KILLS
WATCH the best in film history
KISSING SCENESWATCH TOP 100 KISSING SCENES
WATCH the best in film history, MUST SEE!
GREATEST SEX SCENETOP 100 GREATEST SEX SCENES
Watch the top movie scenes of all-time!
FILMMAKING NOTESFILMMAKING NOTES
Tips from the professions!

Because if there are any true things about being a teenager, it's that every teenager feels at some point that 1) life is just unbearably depressing and stressful and 2) they are the only people who have ever felt this way. Boden and Fleck gently take the air out of this particular trope in a way any adult viewer will recognize and any teenage viewer will probably ignore.

Craig like a lot of kids his age doesn't realize how good he's got it. He has loving, if distracted family, good friends and real talent. He's actually quite a gifted artist. But it's hard to focus on what we've got going for us, what we've got against us is usually a lot more appealing. In Craig's case that's the girl of his dreams dating his best friend, high educational expectations from his parents and the stress that he's not going to be good enough to achieve anything he or they want. Craig quickly begins to gain some perspective on his problems when, after checking into the local psyche ward, he quickly learns that he can't as easily leave.

The more you think about it the sillier it gets, but the directors are good at keeping the audience distracted with charming performances from their ensemble and genuine wit in their script.

"It's Kind of a Funny Story" is often just what it says on the tin, kind of funny, never laugh out loud raucous, but it's also never boring. The blandest member of the cast is unfortunately Craig, both in conception and execution, but the filmmakers are canny enough to realize and keep him constantly surrounded by a quirky cast who never belittle their situation.

Zach Galifianakis shows some real dramatic promise as an actual suicide risk who decides to put his life back together and the only time Gilchrist really comes alive is in the presence of Emma Roberts as a young girl recovering from real emotional problems.

Though what those problems are, we'll never know. On the one hand, the filmmakers wisely keep from walling in angst and false and drama. On the other they also ignore anything that could keep "It's Kind of a Funny Story" from being more than light comedy.

It's too pat to be anything more than light entertainment but as light entertainment goes it's not bad.

CLICK and WATCH MOVIES ONLINE!

SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCREENPLAY
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!
NEW MOVIE REVIEWSNEW MOVIE REVIEWS
Read Today's POSTED REVIEWS
MOVIE KILLSEE 1000s of PICTURES
Best of photos, images and pics
MOVIE YEARMOVIES YEAR BY YEAR
Pages from 1900 to present


ITS KIND OF A FUNNY STORY


footer for its kind of a funny story page