The pressures of modern-day adolescence – that struggle to participate in dozens of extracurricular activities, score good grades and find the perfect prom date – is a familiar topic for movies, especially for those who grew up on John Hughes’ works of the 1980s, such as Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
This subject has seldom been tackled with such emotion and sincerity as it is in It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s delicate, affecting comedy-drama. It’s set almost entirely within an adult mental ward at a New York City hospital. That’s where 15-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself in after a difficult night: He keeps having suicidal thoughts and doesn’t know where else to turn. With the adolescent section of the ward closed, Craig is placed among adults. He immediately regrets his decision to come to the hospital, but the head doctor says he has to stay a minimum of five days for observation. trailer