Animation is also used in inventive splashes, but Fleck and Boden never sacrifice realism for the sake of style or a joke.  Indeed, this isn't a jokey-script at all, nor is their direction.  Still, they have a flair for crafting a funny and accessible entertainment (best exemplified in a daydream sequence that turns David Bowie's "Under Pressure" into a triumphant anthem).

It's Kind of a Funny Story is also an uplifting one.   It has laughs, drama, and pathos.  Realism may be softened a bit, but the experience is no less credible.  It inspires us to embrace life—to run, hop, skip, breathe, live!—in a way that makes us firmly believe we can, and that we can handle anything come what may so long as we do it together.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol Content:  No illicit drugs or alcohol are consumed; only references made to drug use and acid trips.
  • Language/Profanity:  Profanity is not used regularly but does occur on occasion—the b-word, s-word, and one f-word.  Someone uses the middle finger.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  Two teens make out heavily on a bed; fondling of breasts.  A minor character is a transsexual; the words "tranny" and "transvestite" are used.  A close-up of breasts in a shirt with a low-exposing neckline.  Characters talk about having sex (as a reference,  not explicitly); use words like "laid" and "boner."  A drawing of a penis.
  • Violence/Other:  A few instances of "stress vomiting" (unexpected vomiting instigated by momentary stress).

     

Jeffrey Huston is a film director, writer and producer at Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa, Okla.  He is also cohost of "Steelehouse Podcast," along with Steelehouse Executive Creative Mark Steele, where each week they discuss God in pop culture. 

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