Maybe for most people you didn’t really realize how real the world is until (or during) you hit college. When you think about it for a moment, the world & the U.S. is going through some major issue right now. For Craig (Keir Gilchrist), a 16 year old boy, it comes to him much sooner than expected.

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, written & directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), revolves around a depressed teenager, Craig. He has a strong dream of becoming the president of the United States of America, but with the pressures of the world, making his Dad proud, being  in love with his best friend’s girl, and trying to get in to a prestige summer school, it just becomes way too much for him. It opens with him at the Brooklyn Bridge considering suicide. He reconsiders what he was about to do and rides his bike to the local psychiatric ward and checks himself in. Once checked in, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) takes him under his wing to show him around the ward where he meets all types of people suffering not just from depressions but other illnesses too. He encounters Noelle (Emma Roberts) who is there for cutting herself, but Craig sees passed it and find a friend closer to his age to help understand each other.

This movie takes the story and really treats it serious, but not so much to leave the viewer depressed as well. Supporting cast are just as great and of course the antics from Bobby carry a lot of it too. What I loved about this movie is we actually get to see Galifianakis take a pretty serious and dramatic roll that you won’ t see anywhere else (so far). He’ s a great comedy actor, no doubt about it, but when we see an actor do something like this, close to what Adam Sandler did in “Funny People” you know they have a great range.

Best part of this was that the score for the movie was done by one of my all time favorite Canadian indie bands, Broken Social Scene and a phenomenal piano cover of the Pixies “Where is my Mind” by Maxence Cyrin. From looking around, and what I have heard it’s a “you like it or hate it.” Yes it’s a bit more main stream coming from writers Boden & Fleck, but I really enjoyed this film. You should defiantly see it if you are a Galifianakis fan. He does a fantastic performance that you will not see in his new up coming movies.

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