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"It's Kind of a Funny Story" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

The story opens to a stressed-out teenager named Craig (Keir Gilchrist) planning to commit suicide by jumping from the Brooklyn Bridge. He is able to pull himself together and go to the hospital for help. He winds up talking his way into the Psychiatric Ward. Once admitted, Craig finds out that the youth ward is being remodeled so the teenagers will be staying in the adult ward. Here, he meets Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) who serves as Craig's surrogate father during his time in the Psychiatric Ward. Bobby helps Craig get together with another patient, Noelle (Emma Roberts) who is in for self-mutilation.

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 42 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis
  • Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: No

Commentary

I found this movie to be an entertaining story that was nicely crafted. I was able to feel connected with most of the central characters. It was also a nice respite to have a movie where the only thing blowing up was Craig when he projectile vomits at times of major stress. Some of the lines in the movie are little gems, like when Craig is reminiscing about 8th grade and he says, "Time felt different back then, like there was more of it." But the thing I liked the most about the film is that it had some really funny moments. Take the scene where Bobby, who is constantly wanting to be released from the ward, escapes the ward to buy a Mr. Softee. Later you see him back in the ward eating his ice cream.

Technical

Right from the start, you could tell that this Blu Ray was going to have an excellent picture. The scenes are mostly brightly lit and very detailed. I could see all the imperfections on the actors' faces. The color in the few outdoor scenes was very natural. The flourescent lighting of the hospital and the way it changed the skin tones was pretty authentic as well. The enveloping audio holds up on its end. There is great music on this disc that is very well done: clean and clear with full bass. My personal favorite was the Egyptian music at Craig's pizza party on his last night.   

Extras

This disc has a bunch of quality extras. My favorite extras on this disc were the outtakes. These basically have Zach Galifianakis making everybody on the set crack up. There is a series of Deleted Scenes and two shorts: A look inside "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and The "It's Kind of a Funny Story" Premiere in New York City. All extras are in HD and Dolby Digital 2.0.