Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
The movie is definitely skewing towards a younger audience, maybe 14-18. The dialogue is predictable, the scenarios are adolescent and the parents of Craig (that one Gilmore Girl and the great Jim Gaffigan) come off like caricatures from other movies that were much better. Keir Gilchrist, like many young actors Iíve noticed lately, comes off as aloof and bored. Maybe thatís how heís written, but I just didnít find anything about his hang-ups believable and Gilchrist did little to change my mind. Even if he is a little dramatic in his talks and half ass attempts at suicide, shouldnít he at the very least be moaning in a corner listening to My Chemical Romance? I saw so much potential for this character to dig himself a hole, dig himself out and change in a much more cathartic way, but all weíre given is a character whoís one major flaw is he spontaneously projectile vomits. Even then, a flaw or cool party trick? Lemons, lemonade, Craig. Letís do this, son.
As for the other actors, little Emma Roberts is pretty good here, playing an equally troubled teenager who sports some serious cuts on her face. Which makes her all the more attractive, of course (I got my sh!t going on, people). The back and forth between her and Craig is playful, fun, and then, like most of the movie, winds up being predictable and drifting into way too familiar territory. By far the best part of this is Zack Galifinakis. Just when I think heís spread himself too thin, he surprises me with a turn like this. The dude constantly impresses me with his abilities and as a huge fan of stand up comedy, I'm always happy when a funny dude makes it in the acting world. While Zack is definitely funny, heís not over the top or cartoony. He picks his spots to be funny and when itís time to hunker down and get serious, he delivers. His back story couldíve been a movie on its own and thatís what so frustrating about the movie. Thereís so much potential for this to be a really good, heartfelt painful yet moving film but it just winds up playing it too safe. Thatís fine if thatís the goal for the movie, but there are some really great moments with Zack and Craig, Zack and his family, and Zack on his own that if it were the right kind of movie, he couldíve garnered some major awards.
One thing I really enjoyed was the choice of hipster music which included The XX, Broken Social Scene, Method Man and Redman among others. I also like how in certain sequences, Craig narrates a past event while heís placed right in the situation. Itís a neat little touch thatís used a lot but I always get a kick out of it.
Itís Kind of a Funny Story Premiere in New York City - Another very brief (about 2 minutes) behind the scenes video of the premiere in New York City with some red carpet interviews.