tl;dr = It’s a rental
Based off the novel by Ned Vizzini, directors and writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck show the story of a depressed teen named Craig (Keir Gilchrist) who finds himself thinking suicidal thoughts and convinces a doctor to check him into the mental illness facility. It actually doesn’t show him getting any sort of treatment at all, but instead shows him getting better by all the other committed people there. I guess it takes a village to raise a child, never said what kind of mental condition they’re in. He befriends Bobby (Zach Galafianakis) who’s another patient with a heart of gold going through his own problems.
The movies message is that we need to make sure we’re living our life to what we want to achieve versus what the expectations of others. Good message, but there are some problems with the movie.
I find that each scene is somewhat disconnected from each other, that if you threw them all up in the air and went with whatever landed, you’d still get the same rough idea of what’s going on. It took away from the connection I got with the characters.
Now, if you’re thinking that this is another Galafianakis movie, you’re wrong. He’s still quirky, but nowhere near as crazy as he is in other movies (I find this ironic). His role with Craig is pretty important, however the end leaves you with no satisfaction of how his life ended up. It just stops his character.
It’s predictable, quirky, somewhat romantic drama that just….feels like it’s missing it’s finishing move.
If you’re theatres are cheap, go see it, however if they’re any more than $9, just rent it.