It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is not a full blown comedy as some might think.It actually focuses on problems many people (young and old) face everday – a feeling of not living up to expectations, fearing that you arent good enough or what you or someone else believes you are “supposed” to do in life which can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) is a 16 year old teenager who lives a pressure induced, stressful life, or so he feels at the beginning of the movie. He is being stressed out by his dad, school, can’t get the girl of his dreams, has to apply to a prestigious summer school in order to become “a leader of tomorrow” – yeap, sounds like many pressures teenagers would go through. All this stress causes poor little craig to violently vomit anytime he has to think about doing 4 hours of homework a night, or reading newspapers daily to analyze the stock market. At first he wants to jump off the Brooklyn bridge, but decides to check himself into a nearby clinic to relieve his suicidal impulses.
At first the doctor is hesitant to admit him, but with a little “suicide” talk, the doctor finally admits him. As expected, the facility is overflowing with loonies – both zoned out zombies and off the wall nut jobs. His real challenge becomes surviving inside the clinic. He meets a somewhat normal buddy (Zack Galafinakis) who was initially dressed as a doctor in the waiting room, but then was really as a patient… The humor runs deep, focusing on the necessity of laughter. Craig nearly starts to laugh at a fellow patient but quickly bites his tongue – he says that he shouldnt be laughing at these people – but maybe, sometime, its ok, because we’re enjoing life.
Craig needs to survive the clinic for 5 days. In his 5 days, he experiences something new everyday – whether it is learning to cope with his stress, or flirting with the quirky girl. Overall this was a great movie in which many people can relate to. Everyone has problems – some people bottle it up inside them till it bubbles to the top and explodes – our friend Craig decided to simmer his problems down
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story comes to theaters on October 8