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It's Kind of a Funny Story

by

Jeff Nelson

While It's Kind of a Funny Story isn't the best gem I have pulled out of the indie box, it's clearly worth checking out.

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Each year, I find myself enjoying indie films more and more. They have a certain quality to them that others don't. I cannot help but be glad when shuffling through the newest Independent films. You never know what you're going to find. While there are some duds, there's always a few gems to find. New talent emerges from indies, as well. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a small film that got lucky enough to receive a theatrical release.

Craig shocks his parents by checking himself into a mental health clinic at the age of 16. When the youth ward is unexpectedly closed, he's forced to live among the adult patients. We've all had our days where we have said something along the lines of, "My life is a mess. It can't get worse." Well, It's Kind of a Funny Story follows a young boy suffering from the same feeling. However, much like others, Craig doesn't know just how much worse things could be. While discussing the film with friends, some stated that it was a tad slow. Well, the film certainly isn't an action flick. I definitely wouldn't consider this a slow movie. Some people expected a comedy from the title of the film, but I don't classify this as a comedy. There are some light lines of humor, but I consider the movie as a drama. From the first ten minutes of the film, I'm sure anybody could predict each and every major plot point of the movie. However, I didn't view this as a movie filled with twists and turns. The characters are likable, regardless of their mental or physical issues, and a couple of them rub off on you.

There's absolutely no way that I'm the only one shocked to see Zach Galifianakis in a drama. I haven't seen him in much else other than The Hangover, but he holds a role rather well. Galifianakis is genuine in the role of Bobby. He pulls off everything from the jokes to the moments of emotional rage. Emma Roberts delivers the role of Noelle well. She has good on-screen chemistry with Keir Gilchrist, in the role of Craig. For a film on a small budget, the film pulls off a decent cast. None of the performances are ground-breaking, but they do a fine job of bringing the story to the screen.

Independent films don't have the big sets and money to spend that big productions do. They have to make the money they have last throughout the entire filming. The style of the entire film is interesting. There's no doubt that it looks like an indie film. There are a few moments of interesting animation and drawings used to represent the mind and artistic abilities of our lead Craig.

After hearing very mixed reviews about this, I wasn't sure if this was worth checking out. I walked out of this pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the film and the message that it brings across. It's a touching film with some light lines of comedy in the mix. This surely isn't a masterpiece, but I believe some people were being a bit harsh. While It's Kind of a Funny Story isn't the best gem I have pulled out of the indie box, it's clearly worth checking out.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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