Its Kind of a Funny Story by Ned VizziniAmbitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattans Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craigs suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.
Ned Vizzini speaks about 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' on 'YA Visions' (2010)
Itís Kind Of A Funny Story
In this New York City-set comedy-drama, year-old Craig, stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There he learns that the youth ward is closed - and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby, soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protege. Craig is also drawn to another year-old, Noelle. With a minimum five days' stay imposed on him, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.
It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story .
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A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Anna Boden Ryan Fleck. Beth Mickle Michael Ahern. Review by Mr. That's not fun.
After contemplating suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge , year-old Craig Gilner decides to go to the hospital to seek help. Craig tells Dr. Mahmoud that he needs immediate help to which Dr. Mahmoud registers Craig for a one-week stay in the hospital's psychiatric floor. It is revealed that Craig has a lot of pressure at his high school, Executive Pre-Professional based on Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School , stressing over the need to turn in an application for a prestigious summer school, his shortcomings in the shadow of his best friend, Aaron, whom he considers to be great at everything, and his dad who pressures him to do well.
Bobby, played by Zach Galifianakis, calling home from the mental ward. Craig checked himself into a mental ward to avoid suicide. Upon check-in, Craig, played by Keir Gilchrist, finds the teen wing of the ward has been closed for renovations and will be admitted to the adult wing. In the adult wing, Craig sees the future he is headed for and changes in the process. We also kind of looked to John Hughes who deals with very serious teenage problems in his movies but does so with a light touch.