Being a teenager is too much for 16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist), who shocks his parents (Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan) by checking himself into a mental health clinic for a little R & R. But when the youth ward is unexpectedly closed, he’s forced to live among the adult patients. Zach Galifianakis, Viola Davis, Emma Roberts and Aasif Mandvi co-star in this quirky drama written and directed by the screenwriters of Half Nelson.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Galifianakis is fastly becoming a next-level talent in comedy, both on stage and film. This is a dramatic role for him, and I have to say he was excellent.
The film has comedy but it’s not provided by Galifianakis, who plays an important and intriguing supportive role as a patient who befriends the teenage protaginist, Gilchrist, who is a likeable, and in some ways for me, relatable character. I think we all had those moments as a teen where nothing made sense and sometimes the most obsurd things seems the most sensible.
This is a simple film, with 99 percent of it shot in the same floor of a New York City hospital with few characters and a simple plot that wraps around two teens falling for each with some odd complications — to be expected from two people staying in a mental hospital. This is an interesting film that fills the screen with simple images and thoughtful concepts.
I was thinking of seeing this but wasn’t sure — can you give a comedy/drama percentage? I’m not into ‘very special moments’ so much.
I’d say there aren’t too many special moments, but there certainly are a few. I’d say 65/35 drama to comedy.