IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY

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SP D: Ryan Fleck, Anna Bo­den w/ Keir Gilchrist, Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis. U.S.. 101 min. Sep 11, 9 pm

Ry­er­son; Sep 17, 9 am Var­sity 8 Rat­ing: NNNNN With this odd­ball dram­edy about a sui­ci­dal teen (Gilchrist) who has him­self com­mit­ted and lands in the adult ward of a New York men­tal hos­pi­tal, di­rec­tors Bo­den and Fleck move out of the dra­matic com­fort zone they es­tab­lished with Half-Nel­son and Sugar and edge into in­trigu­ing new ter­ri­tory.

Gilchrist (The United States Of Tara) is ter­rific as the con­fused young hero, and Gal­i­fi­anakis finds new depths in his dull-eyed teddy bear per­sona as his would-be men­tor. But the real thrill is watch­ing the di­rec­tors refuse to give in to the con­ven­tions of the snake-pit drama; there isn’t a Nurse Ratched or a Billy Bib­bit char­ac­ter to be found. Just peo­ple.

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