TIFF Movie Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Today at the Toronto International Film Festival I saw the big screen adaptation of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, the next movie from Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. I recorded a video blog reaction with my thoughts on the film with Steve from Collider. Watch it now after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Focus Features has released the first movie trailer for Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s new film It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

The comedy-drama has been adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name; “16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist of United States of Tara), 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 (Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Emma Roberts). 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. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) plays Dr. Minerva, the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist; Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One) portrays Nia, Craig’s longtime crush; Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal) is cast as Dr. Mahmoud, a hospital psychiatrist; and Lauren Graham (Parenthood) and Jim Gaffigan (of Focus’ Away We Go) play Craig’s parents, Lynn and George.

This definitely isn’t One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but it looks long a good indie dramedy, with an interesting cast and some talented filmmakers. The movie is the third feature from the filmmaking team of Boden and Fleck, following Half Nelson (2006), for which lead actor Ryan Gosling received an Academy Award nomination, and Sugar. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Some first look images are interesting because they finally reveal how an actor might look in a long-awaited role. Others are great simply because they remind us that a worthy film is in motion. These new images showing Emma Roberts, Aasif Mandvi and Jeremy Davies in It’s Kind of a Funny Story are in the latter camp. They join the first look we had at Zach Galifianakis last week, and remind me that this is a film worth looking out for. Read More »

It's Kind of a Funny Story

The first photo of Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara) in Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s new film It’s Kind of a Funny Story has been sent to us by /Film reader Matt S.

The comedy-drama has been adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name; “16-year-old Craig (Gilchrist), 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 (Galifianakis), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Emma Roberts). 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. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) plays Dr. Minerva, the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist; Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One) portrays Nia, Craig’s longtime crush; Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal) is cast as Dr. Mahmoud, a hospital psychiatrist; and Lauren Graham (Parenthood) and Jim Gaffigan (of Focus’ Away We Go) play Craig’s parents, Lynn and George.

Check out the photo, after the jump.

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Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s new film It’s Kind of a Funny Story begins production in New York City this week.

Keir Gilchrist, who stars as the title character’s son on the hit television series United States of Tara, has the film’s lead role. Costarring are Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Emma Roberts (of the upcoming Valentine’s Day), Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Doubt), Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One), Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal), Lauren Graham (of this winter’s NBC series Parenthood), and Jim Gaffigan (of Focus’ Away We Go).

Focus Features sent out a press release to announce the start of production, which can be read after the jump.
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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are the sort of creative team you can’t help but love. The duo have given us such recent gems as Half Nelson and Sugar, so you can bet I’ve been keeping a close eye on their next project, a dramedy entitled It’s Kind of a Funny Story, based on the novel of the same name. We’ve previously reported  the announcement of the project, as well as Zach Galifianakis’s involvement, and now we have the full cast list to share.

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