I don’t claim this title as my own. This is the title of a recently released movie that I highly recommend. Remember Allen from The Hangover? He’s in it. Not “Allen” but the actor/comedian, Zack with a long complicated-sounding last name that, for some reason, reminds me of a name that might be given to a dinosaur species. If Zach made you laugh in The Hangover, he’ll make you laugh in this movie, too. He’ll also touch your heart in a way that Allen didn’t. He’s really good.
I went to the theater with no expectations. I left the theater with my heart filled. This movie that takes place in the psyche ward of a hospital reminded me of going to work every night. In a good way.
I don’t want to ruin it for anyone because I really do want you to see this movie for yourself. Here’s a review I came across:
‘IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY’: Four Stars (Out of Five)
Based on the popular novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini (released in 2006) comes this teen psychiatric ward comedy / drama that sort of plays like a light youth version of ‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST’. The film is co-directed and co-written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the team that also brought us ‘HALF NELSON’ and ‘SUGAR’. It stars Keir Gilchrist (of TV’s ‘UNITED STATES OF TARA’ fame), Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts) and Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet). It’s quite a bit different than Boden and Fleck’s other films but in a good way, some critics have found it a little disappointing coming from the talented two but in my personal opinion it’s their best work yet.
The story deals with a sixteen year old (Gilchrist) coping with depression and stress who recently stopped taking his prescription of Zoloft and is having recurring fantasies of jumping from the Brooklyn Bridge. At the advice of the suicide hot-line he reports to an adult psychiatric ward looking for a quick fix to his problems. He’s then committed for a minimum of five days. There he befriends an older inmate named Bobby (Galifianakis) and a girl his own age by the name of Noelle (Roberts) who are both suicidal as well. He develops an odd friendly relationship with Bobby and of course develops romantic feelings for Noelle while he struggles to get over a big crush on his best friend’s girlfriend Nia (Kravitz) who recently admitted problems with depression to him herself.
The film is extremely humorous, thanks in large part to Galifianakis, but also emotional and moving as well; it’s ultimately a feel good inspirational tale. Galifianakis is funny but also shows signs of true dramatic talent, Roberts is surprisingly good and likable as the hero’s love interest and Gilchrist is well cast in the lead. The supporting cast is all adequate as well (with nice turns from Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan and Lauren Graham) and Boden and Fleck’s script and direction is pretty much right on. The film is also highlighted by a very fitting score provided by Canadian indie rockers Broken Social Scene. The film pretty much delivered just what I expected and wanted from it, it’s a nice little indie comedy drama that’s both funny and touching. An enlightening movie with an uplifting message for anyone of any age.
And here’s a trailer: