Top positive review
Very enjoyable if you stay with the unusual story line. Queen and Bob Dylan lyrics work well too.
on 10 March 2017
I enjoyed this film, but my partner didn’t feel able to stay with it long enough to properly appreciate it in my opinion (hence 4 stars, rather than 5).
But, whether you like it or not, you have to admit that the story line is different from most.
Craig (very well played by Keir Gilchrist), is a 16-year old college student who has recurring nightmares about committing suicide, and feels that the stresses on him are so great that actual suicide is highly likely.
For the sake of his mother, father and young sister, he checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, but finds that teens are mixed with adults on the ward, and quickly feels that he doesn’t fit the more extreme psychological behaviours exhibited by most of the other patients.
Too late though. He cannot be released for a week, and during that time, he learns a thing or two.
In particular, “If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying”.
I have to give special praise to the performances of Zach Galifianakis who plays Bobby (an adult patient), and Emma Roberts who plays Noelle (a self-harming teenager).
And the disco/dance performances from the group of patients are uplifting to say the least. The Performance to Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ is both appropriate and well worth watching.