Craig (Keir Gilchrist) is struggling; he fancies the girl who his best friend is dating, struggles with the stress of being a teen with his father's academic expectations and is having suicidal dreams. It is why he goes to hospital as he feels like his is about to blow and do something really bad which is how he ends up in an adult psychiatric ward which he immediately thinks is a bad move as he can't leave for a minimum of five days. But being in a psychiatric ward ends up not being that bad as he meets the outgoing Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), the helpful Smitty (Jeremy Davies) whilst also meeting fellow teen Noelle (Emma Roberts).
This isn't a movie review, maybe someday I will return to "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and do a review of it properly as it is a well worked movie which is light but has depth. Nope this is me wondering what has happened to the youth of today, why are they so different to when I was a teen back in the 80s. Take this character of Craig in this movie who as a teen feels suicidal and is struggling with the pressure of being a teen; the getting the grades, the dating, getting a good future life and so on. Evidently there are many teens that feel that now, feel the pressure of being a teen.
The thing is that when I think back to being a teen in the 80s we had the same pressures but whether you think this is right or not we were told to get on with it as this is life, life is hard, stressful and when things get tough you push on through. So yes you got stressed over the girl you fancied and the fear of getting spots but so did every one else and so you got on with it. You also had exams to do and grades to get but no one ever had a nervous breakdown over it as there was no demands on you that you had to go off to university and if you didn't you could always work your way up to a good job. Plus at the end of the day when you got home your parents were there, they may not understand you but they were there for you, winding you up like parents have done for generations.
Look life wasn't great as a teen back in the 80s, have you seen the clothes and haircuts, but we enjoyed being teens and the future was something which would sort itself out. Maybe teens today need to just chill out and just enjoy being teens because there is plenty of time in the future to get stressed out about work and the future. And if your parents are on your case about grades and securing a good future, well just remind them that not all great people went to university and that you just need to be a teen rather than a premature adult.
Anyway, apologies for anyone who came here looking for a review of "It's Kind of a Funny Story" but I felt compelled to write the above for some reason, maybe it will help someone, maybe it won't but it doesn't really matter. As for the movie; "It's Kind of a Funny Story" is well worth a watch as it humorous but with depth.