Reviews and Problems with It's Kind Of A Funny Story
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It's Kind of a Funny Story
17 October 2013
Excerpt: We've all been there: tough pressures at school/work, family at home who don't entirely understand, and friends you can't explain it to without feeling weird. It's called being a teenager. (Sometimes it's called being an adult, too). Most of us just muddle through those years, eventually gaining up the perspective to put those feelings in their proper place.
Excerpt: "Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist, Lauren Graham and Emma Roberts star in this uplifting comedy about finding sanity in the most unlikely of places. Sometimes what's in your head isn't as crazy as you think...that's certainly true for Craig (Gilchrist), a stressed-out teenager who checks himself into a mental health clinic for some time out. What he finds instead is an unlikely mentor (Galifianakis), a potential new romance (Roberts) and an opportunity to begin anew.
Conclusion: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' lacks focus, substance, and a human connection. It's lead (who incidentally is amazing in Showtime's 'The United States of Tara') seems rather safe here. He's never in any real danger, and therefore his situation doesn't seem all that dire. It's hard to connect with him when he's just a lonely teenager dealing with a few problems about his parents, school, and girls.
Excerpt: Sometimes seeing a film you have never heard of can be a blessing, and such is the case here. This is a human interest story about the stresses of being a teenager and fitting into the tidy little boxes from the perspective of your friends and parents, despite what you own wishes and dreams. Gilchrist does an outstanding job in the lead role, but it's Galifianakis who steals the show as the quirky mentor.
Conclusion: I can't stress it enough: It's Kind of a Funny Story isn't for everyone. I felt a palpable connection to the material and characters -- flaws and all -- but I also can see why some might shake their heads and walk away. Luckily, Universal's Blu-ray release is more straight forward. It doesn't include a deep or rewarding supplemental package, but its excellent video transfer and solid DTS-HD Master Audio track showcase the film as intended and that's all that matters.
Excerpt: With Sugar, the follow-up to their powerful debut feature Half Nelson , the writer/director team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden defied the expectations and conventions of the baseball movie to an almost perverse degree. It simply refused to give audiences the heartwarming payoffs they’re accustomed to getting.
Excerpt: Aangeraden door een vriendin die vertelde wel zes keer te hebben gehuild bij een film met in een grote bijrol Zach – The Hangover , Between Two Ferns – Galifianakis (ja, in één keer goed ), gemaakt door het regieduo achter het pijnlijke maar mooie Half Nelson , maar eigenlijk toch ook wel een beetje een grappig verhaal, zoals de titel doet vermoeden.