At The Theater #32: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

The good, free movie streak continues! Julie and I had the chance to catch a free advance screening of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a coming of age movie set in a mental hospital.

Zach Galifianakis is great in It’s Kind of a Funny Story. He brings a lot of heart to his role as the mentor of the main character/troubled teen Craig. While writing this blog entry, I realized that I’ve liked every movie I’ve ever seen that had Zach Galifianakis in it. Maybe this is because I’ve never seen What Happens in Vegas.

ATTENTION ALL LOST FANS: Jeremy Davies is in this movie and he’s as charming as hospital staffer Smitty as he was playing Dr. Faraday on Lost. He’s also much more coherent here and in my opinion, gets the best line of the movie when he overhears some of the patients questioning the hospital’s point system.

Jeremy Davies makes me want to wear more silly hats.

Emma Roberts is very cute in this movie. Am I the only one who confuses Emma Roberts and Emma Watson? When I saw that Emma Roberts was in this movie, I expected Hermione Granger to come on screen. When she didn’t, I kept trying to figure out why Emma Roberts looked familiar. Right, the Nancy Drew trailer.

Never saw it. Will this be #52?

I don’t want to spoil what I thought was the best part of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, but it is the back story of Solomon, a Hasidic patient in the hospital. I’ll spare you the details, but days later, I’m still laughing to myself about that scene.

Should you see It’s Kind of a Funny Story? I think it is a very cute movie. It reminded me a lot of Garden State, right down to the indie-music-heavy soundtrack. While Broken Social Scene was playing during one scene, I asked Julie if this was The Shins of this movie. If you liked Garden State, I think you will like It’s Kind of a Funny Story. If you didn’t like Garden State, maybe you’ll want to wait for the DVD on this one.

Truth in advertising.