It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 PG-13 CC

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Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist, Lauren Graham and Emma Roberts star in this "perfect coming-of-age comedy" about finding sanity in the most unlikely of places.

Starring:
Keir Gilchrist, Dana DeVestern
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Starring Keir Gilchrist, Dana DeVestern
Supporting actors Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Karen Chilton, Zach Galifianakis, Aasif Mandvi, Jared Goldstein, Alan Aisenberg, Zoë Kravitz, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Davies, Rosalyn Coleman, Viola Davis, Lou Myers, MacIntyre Dixon, Emma Roberts, Bernard White, Novella Nelson, Matthew Maher
Studio NBCU
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Karen Franklin on February 12, 2011
Format: DVD
It's Kind of a Funny Story is an uplifting tale about a teenager overwhelmed by academic and social pressures who briefly checks himself into a psychiatric hospital. The lead actor, Keir Gilchrist (Craig), nails his role as a somber and confused 16-year-old. The supporting cast is good as well, although the female love interest is a bit cardboard and the resolution clichéd. The psychiatric hospital is also much more benign than any I have encountered (See Lemas Mitchell's Amazon review for a list of reality checks). But that's not really the point; it's more of a coming-of-age story about an adolescent trying to find his place in the world. What I liked most is the film's message about the importance of kindness; Craig is truly a kind person who feels for other people, and the other patients and staff for the most part echo that kindness and caring. Another highlight is Zach Galifianakis's creative and quirky direction, especially the scenes when Craig retreats into his active fantasy world as he sings, draws, and reminisces. Overall, I would recommend this movie for a pleasant and humorous escapist jaunt.
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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By blu-rays on November 12, 2010
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The movie should be called "It's Kind of an Amazing Movie". When you go see a Zach Galifianakis movie, you don't expect anything more than a stupid comedy (that has potential to be good), but "It's Kind of a Funny Story" was way better than the exceptions I had. The movie was funny, intense, and some-what depressing/sad. The movie makes you think about life. The movie makes you think about how lucky you are or realize the good things in life. This movie is a must see. It is truly amazing and probably one of the best movies of 2010 so far.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Noko on March 7, 2011
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I saw It's Kind of a Funny Story in theatres for a friend's birthday party. She gave us the options for movies and I had no idea what any of the suggested were about. I had no expectations (actually I didn't want to see the movie at all... I voted for one of the other movies) but after the movie was over I wanted to watch it again!

One of the great things about this movie is the characters. They're screwed up, and likeable, and an interesting band of personalities all shoved into one spot. The different insights they make on living life are, yes a little cliched, but stuff wouldn't be cliched if they weren't applicable! It's fun watching the main character turn into what he wanted and take charge of his life. It was funny, awkward, romantic, made some really good points, sad, and it gives a warm fuzzy feeling!

After I saw that movie I went straight to the bookstore! I needed more! I read the book in a matter of days. This is the first time I've ever said (typed) anything like this: I liked the movie better than the book! Don't get me wrong; the book was awesome and funny, but I loved the movie so much!

All in all a fun watch! Great characters, good points, witty dialogue, and just enough romance! Highly recommended!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tamara L. Lorinczi on March 2, 2011
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You would think a movie about a kid who checks himself into a psych ward would NOT be "kind of a funny story". This is an amazing story - it will make you laugh, chuckle, and think. Every actor/actress gives a great performance. As the mother of a 17 and 18 year old it made me understand the amount of pressure they are under in their every day lives and how we sometimes, unknowingly, add to that pressure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Kitzmiller on September 6, 2012
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This was a fantastic movie! It deals with a very, very serious issue... but it does so in a way that is more lighthearted and "normal." We watched this movie with our 14-year old daughter, and I think it was an appropriate message for her. Number one, it shows how serious teen suicide is taken. Two, it shows how often adults just don't "get" what their children are going through. And three, it was entertaining and heartwarming. Great movie.
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A depressed high schooler commits himself in to a psychiatric ward and discovers himself. After a year of suicidal thoughts and dreams, caused by the stress of getting in to a good school, Craig (Gilchrist) commits himself "accidentely" to a psych ward at the local hospital. While there he meets new friends Noelle (Roberts) and Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) and realizes he has more to give. The subject matter is serious but the movie is actually pretty light-hearted and...kind of funny...(get it?). Galifianakis plays a different role in this then we are used to, but does a good job with it and I would not be surprised to see more like this come his way. I can't talk too much about this without giving anything away but I would definatly pick this one up. A feel good movie about mental patients, how many of those have you seen? I give it a B+.

Would I watch again? - Yes, I think I would.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinn on July 9, 2013
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My entire family love the movie. great story. A must movie to have to watch over and over.. It's great for when you need a little something to make you laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Myers on February 4, 2015
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I only liked it I think because I have been in a similar hospital situation more than once. I wish the story had more "meat" to it though. The problems of the patients were not addressed very well. 28 Days (similar but dealing with addiction issues) focused more on the specific issues of the patients, but just as this file there are way too many inaccuracies to really develop the characters and the situation well enough. For instance, the freedom given to one in treatment is very limited, which also plays a very specific part of the treatment you are receiving - you can't function in the outside world properly, so you need help in living your day to day life.
I realize this a young adult/teenage type story, but if that is the specific group it is aimed at, lets REALLY explain the issues, not gloss over them. I actually like the book better, but the movie was more fun. The humor is needed but would have been much more appreciated if the issues of the main characters were more fleshed out. If a combination of this and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" were produced or conceived - it might really educate not only young adults but a larger audience. Mental illness whether it be depression, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD etc. is very misunderstood by the majority of our population including a large part of the medical community and their continuous experimental Rx solutions which if you have seen the tv commercials for "new prescription XXXX" and the countering commercials saying "if you used XXXX and had these side effects call the law firm of...".
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