Middle-classy docudramaâ€™s fine, And â€œI Am Womanâ€? as theme defined, She shows the malign sheâ€™ll win evâ€™ry time, with Secretariat! A spoiler alert: so eyes avert! The horse and his mistress hit pay dirt. Though Failure flirts, a Triple Crown spurt for Secretariat! People yakkity yak a streak; clichĂŠs they do accrue If only they were like Mister Ed, and talked like real people do! Phony suspense and corn perforce, The flick serves sports â€œhistoryâ€? as main course. But for famâ€™ly fun, do I endorse? Well, listen to this: See â€œSecretariat.â€? Rated PG for brief mild language. Two hours, two minutes. â€” Peter Canavese
Itâ€™s Kind of a Funny Story ---
(Century 16, Century 20) Thereâ€™s nothing funny about teenage stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. Grinding hard work, intense competition among high-performing students, the pressures of applying to prestigious schools â€” all while negotiating unsure turf with peers and parents â€” can be overwhelming. In â€œItâ€™s Kind of a Funny Story,â€? the writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (â€œHalf Nelsonâ€?) addresses these serious issues in an approachable, viewer-friendly way. Itâ€™s so good in so many of its parts that thereâ€™s a temptation to forgive the comedy-drama when it veers in the wrong direction, a path initially taken in Ned Vizziniâ€™s young-adult novel of the same title. Keir Gilchrist (Showtimeâ€™s â€œUnited States of Taraâ€?) is one of the best things about the movie. From the moment his voice-over narration in-
troduces 16-year-old Craig teetering on a New York bridge, wanting to kill himself after feeling depressed for a year, the likable actor makes you care about what happens to him. Gilchrist brings honesty and realism to the role of Craig, playing a character who canâ€™t quite put his finger on why his ongoing issues have suddenly triggered such an intense desire to commit suicide. His well-meaning dad (Jim Gaffigan) always asks the wrong questions; heâ€™s obsessed with the girlfriend (Zoe Kravitz) of his best friend (Thomas Mann); and, despite a looming deadline, he hasnâ€™t even started filling out the application for summer session at Manhattanâ€™s exclusive Executive Pre-Professional High School. But Craig knows one thing: He needs help. Now. The kind-of-a-funny story starts when the sensitive teen admits himself into a psychiatric hospital. Because the youth ward is undergoing renovation, Craig and other patients his age are placed with the adults â€” lovable eccentrics more in the mold of â€œOne Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nestâ€? than â€œGirl, Interrupted.â€? The crazy thing is that Craig doesnâ€™t feel
crazy at all among these loony characters. He wants to go home. A five-day-stay requirement gives the narrative enough time to develop a dual track of insights about growing up and getting medical treatment. Craig makes friends with the affable Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of â€œDinner for Schmucksâ€?) and develops a crush on Noelle (Emma Roberts of â€œNancy Drewâ€?) â€” both of whom bring humor and humanity to the screen. But the film offers simplistic solutions in suggesting that problems can be cured in less than a week, and that a well-intentioned teenage boy with some cash, courtesy of his parents, can accomplish what medical professionals (including Viola Davis) cannot. Attempts at light-hearted stylization are a mixed bag, too. The directorsâ€™ effective use of Guy Ritchie-like freeze frames, sometimes followed by quick montages of images connected by voice-over, amusingly get us into Craigâ€™s head. His worries about not getting into the esteemed summer-school program result in a cause-and-effect scenario that has him winding up in the hospital forever. Unfortunately, one segment that should be a show-
stopper simply stops the show: Craig takes his turn singing during group therapy in a scene more visually flat than â€œGleeâ€?-ful. Still, the movieâ€™s message of hope â€” that youâ€™re not alone, can talk about your problems and get support and help â€” is certainly worth
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