One of the movies which premiered this last weekend on cable (Cinemax) was “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”. I just caught up with it last night.
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” stars Keir Gilchrist as a depressed teen (Craig) who checks himself in to a mental ward when he experiences suicidal thoughts. There, he encounters Zach Galifianakis (Bobby) as a fellow patient.
The movie covers Craig’s stay within the ward as he deals with other patients, his parents, a girl he meets there and a girl he knows from outside. Bobby mentors him in the type of slightly offbeat manner you’d expect from Galifianakis. He basically plays Alan from “The Hangover” without the big laughs. Of course there’s a variety of other crazies around, as there always are in mental ward movies.
The movie cuts the narrative with flashbacks and camera asides, heavy on the directorial flourishes, which inform you of Craig’s past and thoughts. They’re fun, not overdone, and give the movie a touch of style. The movie also gets some strong support from its soundtrack, as many indies do.
Its got some high points, such as the hysterical “Under Pressure” video, and the scenes where the teens are running loose through the halls, but in general, the film plays it’s cards too closely to the vest for me. Its got that “Indie” thing going in spades, but its a little too low key for me to recommend too too highly. It’s a good enough flick, though, seeing as it’s DVR fodder now.