1 out of 5 stars
Basically nothing works as well as the filmmakers seemed to think it did. There was an arrogant confidence in the choices they made in pursuit of their cliche-drowning story.
Zack Galifianakis was the only element that kept me afloat through the runtime. Nevertheless, he still had to read the lines from the same insulting script as everyone else. Galifianakis’ charisma transcends his acting ability, because I’ve never seen him reach very far (“Out Cold” is still his best performance), but my eyes were always for him.
Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies kept popping up in the background, which was more frustrating than alleviating. They probably could have rescued a few of these waterlogged souls as well, but it’s all left up to Galifianakis, and he could only get back to the disaster area of the drowned so many times before the ship had sunk. I guess some people aren’t meant to be saved.
The only satisfaction that “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” gave me, was when I erased it from my DVR. It had been taking up space for two years.
Full disclosure: I started writing this review at about the halfway mark of the movie, and it disappointedly just continued to fulfill the prophecy that I typed.