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It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

Centred around the journey of Craig (Keir Gilchrist) a sixteen year old suicidal guy who admits himself to the adult psychiatric ward. Through some clever writing we are given a view from Craig’s eyes where everything is bad for him, whilst we also get glimpses from the perspective of Bobby (Zach Galifiankis) who sees what Craig has as more than he could ever wish for. Through his five days in the ward, Craig discovers that despite the troubles in his world, he can overcome them through just living.

It is rather brilliant and touched a spot in me. Though the troubles of our lead, Craig, may seem trivial to the masses, the story is about making your own life through what you’ve got. It is delivered in a unique way with some fantastic casting. Perfectly presenting the scenario without exuberant cliché. The production does have some scenes of surrealism that capture the imagination of Craig as he discovers who he is, but these only add to the situations and do not seem out of place.

As a non-typical teen romance drama, and a sincere social voyeur it is a great watch.

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