Monday, October 11, 2010

Movie Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story

Well, it’s kind of a good movie.  In a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for self-obsessed aughties, the saving grace is comedian and go-to-weirdo Zack Galifianakis’ supporting role that succeeds in the kind of layered and subtle performance Jim Carey’s been trying to pull off all these years. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, tells the tale of one 16 year old Craig (Keir Gilchrist) or “Cool Craig” as he becomes known in the bin, a narcissistic young over achiever who goes of his Zoloft and gets an ER doc to admit him to the psych ward after a particularly graphic imagining of his suicide. Luckily he is admitted to a 16 year old’s imaging of the mental health system, a sparkling clean hospital filled with staff that seems to enjoy their jobs and where the most terrible thing that happens is loud yelling.  In this sometimes shallow and neatly packaged film Craig is admitted (without immediate parental consent) gets to spend 5 days hanging with a band of wacky, yet lovable crazies since conveniently the teen ward is undergoing renovations.  These quirky misfits include his agoraphobic Egyptian roommate, one hot cutter teen/obvious love interest named Noelle (Emma Roberts) and Bobby, (Galifianakis) the king of the most super swell psych floor in all of the 5 Burroughs, perhaps even the world.