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It's Kind of a Funny Story

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Coming-of-age dramedy explores teen pressures, angst.

Movie PG-13 2010 101 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story (2010) is its kind of a sensible and sensitive story

1) The opening scene between Craig and his family.The whole conversation is great. 2) The movie and narration is Less Dramatic and more realistic. 3) Even though there are so many small characters in the film,but every character is unique and justified. 4) The romance between Craig and Noelle is great. 5) Characters like Bobby (Zach Galifinakis) ,Muqtada, Humble. 6) The practice interview scene between Bobby and Craig , A Cute Question game between Craig and Noelle , Painting Scene, The basket ball court scene , Muqtada dancing scene and etc. 7) The Music by Broken Social Scene is apt and great.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

It's kind of a boring story...

The beginning seemed interesting, held my attention for the first half an hour, then it just started to get a little boring. Almost all of the film is set in a mental institution where a teen asks for help due to suicidal thoughts, but then wants out after meeting a few psycho characters. I found nothing funny about it, maybe a laugh or two somewhere, but the idea of suicide is not a joke nor should it be portrayed as one. It's slow moving and just seemed empty after it was over, could have done way better.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (14):

There's so much to relish in this coming-of-age dramedy based on the same-named novel by Ned Vizzini. There's the story, which is rich and witty and confidently told. There's Gilchrist, who's both vulnerable enough and bold enough for the role. (A curious mix, but he has it, and it works.) And then there's Galifianakis, who proves that he's got a much wider range than his previous outings, mostly comedies, have revealed. He can be broken and funny at the same time. (Another curious mix.)

But the film is maddening, too. It bends to an inclination long seen in movies to paint mental hospitals (and their patients) as a wonderland of sorts, with eccentric patients able to crack wise given the opportunity and equally eccentric teachers and volunteers guiding their way. (It's either that scenario or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...) Is there really nothing in between? Aren't there people with heavy-duty problems who don't speak like stand-up comics and cheerleaders? Still, that's a forgivable offense, given how much empathy exists in IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY. It delivers with fascinating detours into the mind of a teenager living in a world defined by accomplishments (with a capital A), when, really, it's accomplishment enough to be able to live a little, laugh a little, and embrace the flawed nature of humanity.

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