Quirky, coming-of-age indies are about a dime a dozen nowadays, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story is just that. However, thankfully Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis help make this familiar story feel fresh and charming. When 16-year old Craig (Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental clinic as a way of dealing with his thoughts of suicide, his new environment, some unlikely friends and young love just might be enough to help him realize that the stress he’s feeling at this stage in his life is inconsequential compared to some of the problems of those surrounding him. Read my take on the Blu-Ray release of this comedic drama after the jump.
While Zach Galifianakis has been working in Hollywood for over a decade, due to co-starring in the biggest R rated comedy of all time (The Hangover), he’s now a household name. Even my parents know who he is. With the kind of success he’s had over the past year, it would be easy for him to play the same role again and again. But that’s not who Galifianakis is, as he still does Between Two Ferns, Bored to Death, and he’s also starring in Focus Features It’s Kind of a Funny Story (which gets released tomorrow) as a patient in a psychiatric hospital.
Since I’ve interviewed Galifianakis before, I knew walking in that whatever plan I had for a line of questioning would definitely be altered, and I needed to be prepared for the unexpected. Thankfully, while the interview did take a lot of left and right turns, we did manage to talk about why he wanted to play this part and what kind of research went into the role.
Of course…we also talked about being stalking celebrities like Colin Firth, and is he looking forward to filming The Hangover 2 in Thailand. Hit the jump to see what he had to say:
Pardon the very brief intro but I have only a few moments before I need to run off to see the premiere of James Gunn’s Super.
Just a few minutes ago I recorded a video blog with Peter from Slashfilm after watching writer/directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (Half Nelson, Sugar) new movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story. The film stars Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts and it’s about a stressed out teenager who decides to check himself into an institution after thinking he might kill himself. Once inside, he begins to see things differently with the help of Galifianakis’ character and Emma Roberts.
Want to know what I think? Hit the jump and watch the video:
Sony has scheduled the star-studded thriller The Tourist for a holiday release — December 10th, to be precise. Johnny Depp stars as the titular American tourist who is drawn into the tangled life of an Interpol agent played by Angelina Jolie; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) directs. Given the talent attached, the December date could understandably be seen as a play for an Oscar.
Hit the jump for details on the new release dates of It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Underworld 4.
The trailer for the comedy-drama It’s Kind of a Funny Story has gone online. The film stars Keir Gilchrist as a stressed-out teenager who checks himself into a mental institution for five days and learns valuable life lessons while there. The film co-stars Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Viola Davis, and Jim Gaffigan.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. It’s Kind of a Funny Story opens in limited release on September 24th.
The Bearded One, a.k.a. Bo, knows funny. Zach Galifianakis is nearing a deal to star in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” the next film from “Half-Nelson” writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. If he signs, “Story” would be the fourth film to feature Galifianakis coming out in the next few years, not counting his small role in Jason Reitman’s much talked about “Up in the Air.” He has already started filming Todd Phillips’ “Due Date” and is scheduled to shoot both Jay Roach’s “Dinner with Schmucks” and the sequel “Hangover 2″ (with Phillips again) next year. If you want to know more about Galifianakis’ newest project, sit yourself down between two ferns and hit the jump.