'It's Kind of a Funny Story' Reviews Mixed But Promising

Sally Mercedes

Kind of a Funny StoryIt's Kind of a Funny Story is out this weekend in limited release.

Some kid named Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts co-star in this film about a suicidal 16-year-old who checks into a mental health clinic.

It doesn't sound particularly funny, but the trailer is entertaining. Besides, it also features Lauren Graham, Viola Davis, and Jeremy Davies (aka Daniel Faraday in Lost), all of whom I love! I'm pumped, what could go wrong?!

Apparently a lot if you listen to some critics ... or not much at all if you believe others.

Claudia Puig, USA Today:

It's hard to set a movie in a psych ward and not come off depressing, condescending, or foolishly zany. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a humanistic comedy that walks a tightrope of emotions and moods and manages to stay balanced.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:

Some films are at once disappointing and successful, worth seeing despite the limitations of their source material. How so? Let "It's Kind of a Funny Story" explain it all for you.

Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post:

There's very little that's even kind of funny in "It's Kind of a Funny Story," which can't accurately be described as a comedy but isn't a true drama, either.

Matt Stevens, E! Online:

Aided by solid performances, this offbeat comedy lives up to its title, though it could have stepped a little farther out on the ledge.

Most of the reviews loved the performances and hated the ending. Aside from that, they didn't agree on much, but that's a good starting point.

I have to admit, the reviews for It's Kind of a Funny Story made intrigued me more than the trailer itself. I'm not sure it was enough to convince me to "Demand It!" at my local theater, as their campaign wants me to do, but if I find it playing nearby, I'll probably check it out.

Have you seen the trailer for It's Kind of a Funny Story? Are you going to see it when it's released near you?


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