It's Kind of a Funny Story - Review

Zach Galifianakis fits right in as a patient in a Brooklyn loony bin in the gentle, the-kids-will-eventually-be-all-right drama It's Kind of a Funny Story. That's not because the star of The Hangover is doing his surrealistic, semi-stoned comedy thing here - although as Bobby, one of the ward's more outsize personalities, he sometimes does. (The comic can't help it.) But rather, in keeping with the even-keeled and optimistic tone of this youth-oriented movie (written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, and based on Ned Vizzini's semiautobiographical young-adult novel of time spent in a similar struggle), the densely built and bearded Galifianakis demonstrates, in an impressive display of quieter dramatic skills, that he knows when to dial it down.

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