It's kind of an unfunny movie
by Nathan Orians
Oct 13, 2010 | 13869 views | 0 0 comments | 587 587 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To suggest that something is a funny story, or even a kind of funny story, simply because there is a joke told somewhere in the tale, is misleading and an incorrect descriptor. The movie “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is not actually a funny story, so sitting in the movie theater, I felt I had been deceived.

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is clearly marketed to audiences who enjoy comedic films, but the lengths to which the producers of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” went to lead audiences to anticipate humor goes far beyond the deceptive title.

For one, the trailer is literally comprised of every single joke is in the film. That’s right – all three minutes of them. Three minutes of humor does not make for a funny story. But wait, it runs deeper.

One of the leading roles is played by Zach Galifianakis. You might remember Galifianakis from “The Hangover” or “Dinner for Schmucks,” both of which are very funny movies.

Galifianakis is a career comedian, so one would assume a movie he has a role in would be funny, especially if the word “funny” is in the title. As it turns out, that is a bad assumption.

The movie, in fact, is about a depressed 16-year-old considering whether or not to kill himself. Not funny. The depressed young boy, played by Keir Gilchrist, checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward, where he meets fellow resident Galifianakis. Still not funny. Gilchrist then has to navigate his way through hard situations and come to terms with himself.

Yes, there are a few brief moments of humor but for the most part, I was not laughing.

Don’t watch this movie. It’s depressing, poorly written, and too long. If it were up to me, I would rename the movie “It’s Kind of a Sad Story.” Actually, that gives the writing too much credit; I think I might just go with “It’s Kind of a Story.”

(Rating: 2/5)
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