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'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

Whether grown-ups dismissed it as a teen film or teenagers thought it wouldn't be funny, just about everyone missed out on this very smart comedy. Its bittersweet fun is set in the adult psych ward of a Brooklyn hospital where a clever case of teenage depression, identity and self-esteem is examined. The movie stars up-and-comer Keir Gilchrist ("United States of Tara") as 16-year-old Craig Gilner, a bundle of complicated charm. The real revelation, though, is Zach Galifianakis, whom you probably know as Robert Downey Jr.'s unwelcome road-trip partner in "Due Date" or as the slightly disturbed brother-in-law-to-be in "The Hangover." As Bobby, the psych ward's resident depressive-philosopher, Galifianakis works his character's insights and neuroses like worry beads -- effortlessly, unceasingly and to marvelous effect. Related: Movie review: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' Focus Features
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