What’s a 16-year-old boy doing playing music and table tennis with adult psychiatric patients – on a school day? It’s kind of a funny story…It’s Kind of a Funny Story, adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name, is the new comedy-drama from acclaimed writer/directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (Half Nelson, Sugar).
It’s @5:00 A.M. on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner (played by Keir Gilchrist of United States of Tara) is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic; this bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents (Lauren Graham [of Parenthood] and Jim Gaffigan [of Away We Go]) and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital and is admitted by a psychiatrist. But the youth ward is temporarily closed – so he 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 displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle (Emma Roberts of the upcoming Scream 4), who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush Nia (Zoë Kravitz of the upcoming X-Men: First Class). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him by the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist Dr. Eden Minerva (Academy Award nominee Viola Davis), 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.
A Focus Features presentation in association with Wayfare Entertainment of a Misher Films production, a Wayfare Entertainment production. A Film by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Zoë Kravitz, and Zach Galifianakis. Casting by Cindy Tolan. Costume Designers, Kurt and Bart. Music Supervisor, Andrea von Foerster. Music by Broken Social Scene. Editor, Anna Boden. Production Designer, Beth Mickle. Cinematography, Andrij Parekh. Executive Producers, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Michael Maher, Peter Rawlinson, Patrick Baker. Produced by Kevin Misher, Ben Browning. Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Written for the screen and Directed by Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden. A Focus Features Release.