It's Kind of a Funny Story
Questions for Reflection
- The music for the film was done by Canadian indie band Broken Social Scene. How does the music influence the mood of particular scenes and the film as a whole?
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story is based on an autobiographical novel by Ned Vizzini. How does it affect your viewing of the film to know the story is based on someone’s actual experience?
- How does the making of art—music, drawing, dancing, etc.—function within the story of the film?
- Reviewer Marc Mohan writes that directors “Fleck and Boden point out the absurd humor inherent in mental illness without trivializing its causes or consequences.” However, reviewer Connie Ogle writes, “This is a film about depression…and it comes awfully close to trivializing its subject by suggesting that all Craig needed, really, was a cute girl to like him back.” What do you think? What is your feeling toward the characters and their illnesses?
- How—and why—does Craig change throughout the film? What does he learn about himself?
- Who is the intended audience for this film? Do you identify with the main characters’ struggles?
- About Zach Galifianikis’ performance, one reviewer writes,
"Galifianakis’ Bobby skulks through the movie in a bulky, brackish-colored sweater that can’t hide the more physical aspects of his performance. His back is always straight, and his barrel chest is puffed out as if to advertise his unassailable self-possession, but his legs shuffle somewhat lackadaisically — it’s as if, inside him, two separate motors were fighting for domination, one timid and uncertain, the other swaggering." What’s your impression of his performance, especially compared to other films he’s acted in?