Movie Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

A smart little coming of age movie that plays almost exclusively in a mental hospital in New York City. The protagonist is Craig (Keir Gilchrist) a 16-year-old boy who is trying to deal with the stresses of a normal teenager, fitting in, living up to his father’s expectations, finding good friends, getting into college, sex, art, music, tests. One of the patients in the ward is Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), the baby-guy in Hangover, who is an excellent actor that now shows up in a lot of movies and strikes me as the new Bill Murray.

If I were 17, I think I’d like this movie, and I think that all teenagers would enjoy it and get something out of it. There are no drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll in this film, no slapstick jokes, no crude humor – except for the throwing up.

If you are not a teenager, it’s – well – kind of a funny story – and that’s all.

Rating: **

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