“It’s a Funny Kind of Story” Is Kind-of-good

Genres: Comedy, Drama and Adaptation
Release Date: October 8th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language.
Distributors: Focus Features


Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Nah.
Own it: Most likely not.
Recommend it to: Someone that enjoys dark humor. It’s not a blast and it’s not an emotional ride, but it is an interesting one with a few good, dark chuckles.


Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental hospital because he’s afraid that he might kill himself. After a few moments, he wants to take back his choice, but he has to stay there for a minimum of five days. While there, he meets many interesting people like Noelle (Emma Roberts) who loves the question game and Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) who loves to talk about everyone but himself. Craig reluctantly stays and learns more than, of course, he anticipated. It’s a Funny Kind of Story.

Suicide is an interesting topic to me. It interests me in a sad manner, a personal manner and a hate those that don’t get it manner. I am passionate about many things, but suicide is a topic that I’m very passionate about. Why? Because people are ill informed and it pisses me off when they start talking about suicide as if it’s some sort of yes/no check box deal. A bunch of stuff culminates to push someone to decide that as the right choice.

It’s a Funny Kind of Story is a low B+. It was better than a B, but not a great B+. It’s because there were many moments that were almost moving enough to make me cry, but they held back too much, like less than a Hallmark commercial or a well-done Folgers commercial. There are great set ups, but not enough push to make the punch work.

Keir Gilchrist showed unease, discomfort, and unsure in a smooth manner that didn’t take from the ambiance of the film. Sometimes uncomfortable feelings transfer from screen to viewer because of how the actor acts. That’s not something a director wants to happen. Gilchrist didn’t do that and that’s awesome. Zachy G. has great comedic talent and timing, but unlike Jim Carey, he can flip on the serious and pull the heartstrings effortlessly. When he does something funny, I laugh. When he does something serious, I want to give him a hug. Viola Davis, who played Dr. Minerva, takes on any role and shines like a grand star in a sky of millions. She cannot disappoint. I know that if she is in the film there are some good scenes in store.

It’s a Funny Kind of Story handles suicide with great humor and truth. Craig shows that teenagers have problems that they think are stupid to others, but are important to them. I like how accepting of him the hospital was and how the different people in the mental ward worked together in somewhat of a unified manner. Many dark moments occur, but with the dark moments, there were a few funny ways of telling them.

It’s a Funny Kind of Story is charming in it’s own dark manner. The charm had potential in blossoming to something that would resonate with the audience. Somehow, it lost a bit of translation from book to film. I’m going to guess that, more than know it. I didn’t read it, but if the book is loved, there’s got to be a reason and the reason has to be charm and if I didn’t feel that charm via the movie then it must have lost it. Glad to take you on the convoluted journey of the process of my mind. You’re welcome.

See it at your own risk. You may or may not enjoy what is shown. I think many will like it more than they groan about it. But it won’t be an overwhelming cheer of yay going on when someone mentions this one.

I write like: James Joyce

2 comments:

Tyrone said...

Thanks for your honest review. I haven’t seen IKOAFS yet but plan to, simply just to see ZG in a role that isn’t a comedic one. I think it looks heartwarming and will appeal to lots of kids who might be going through similar things!

J_Jammer said...

Welcome. It's worth seeing if you think about suicide.

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