IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
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.