A motley crew composed of a drug dealer, a geeky virgin, a stripper and a homeless runaway team up to smuggle an enormous shipment of marijuana across the Mexican border, posing as a family. As you can imagine, they wind up being more than a little dysfunctional as a unit. Comedy ensues as they try to evade angry drug dealers, get past border guards, elude the DEA, and of course, deal with each other.
Debuting this weekend on Showtime was “Scream 4”, Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s return to Woodsboro. Ten years after “Scream 3”, all the key principals reunite in order to see if they can resuscitate the dormant horror franchise.
The “Scream” franchise has always been known for being a self-aware genre critique. The original’s clever script and rising-star cast turned it into a modern horror classic. The sequel was a worthy one, continuing the “meta” trend by turning the commentary to sequels. The third, however, was an abominable disappointment, drawing scorn from critics and underperforming the previous installments. Essentially, “Scream 3” ended the franchise… til now.
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.