It's Kind of a Funny Story script
Synopsis: Stressed by adolescence, 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental-health clinic. Unfortunately, the youth wing is closed, so he must spend his mandated five-day stay with adults. One of them, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), quickly becomes his mentor -- and protege, while Craig finds himself drawn to a fellow teen, Noelle (Emma Roberts), who just may be the cure he needs to forget an unrequited crush.

BOBBY:

--Why would you want to spend yoursummer in school?

Craig stares at Bobby for a beat.

BOBBY:

You should be at Coney Island birddogging chicks on the beach.

CRAIG:

Are you a doctor?

BOBBY:

What do you think?

CRAIG:

You don’t really seem like a doctor.

BOBBY:

Ever heard of Doogie Howser?

Craig stares at Bobby, trying to make sense of the question.

BOBBY:

(standing up)

I hope they fix whatever’s wrong with

you.

CRAIG:

Thanks.

Bobby stalks off, disappears around a corner.

INT. E.R. DOCTOR’S OFFICE - LATER

DR. ISAIAH MAHMOUD, an E.R. resident (Indian, early 30s)

takes Craig’s blood pressure.

DR. MAHMOUD

How long have you been feeling

suicidal?

CRAIG:

I don’t know... I’ve been depressedfor about a year now. Thought about ita few times, but never like this.

Never so... real.

DR. MAHMOUD

Did anything specific happen today thatmight have triggered these feelings?

Slight PUSH IN on Craig...

CRAIG (V.O.)

Sometimes I wish I had an easy answerfor why I’m depressed. My father beat

me. Or I was sexually abused. But

none of that stuff has ever happened to

me... It was just a normal Saturday.

INT. AARON’S BEDROOM - EARLIER THAT DAY

Craig and his friends lounge around the room, listening toAaron’s record collection. There is: AARON (not particularlygood-looking, but supremely self-confident), his girlfriendNIA (an ultra-hip, tightly-clad cutie), RONNY (a 1990s hip-

hop throwback), and SCUGGS (jew-fro).

Ronny coughs, exhaling smoke, and passes a joint to Aaron,

who cuddles next to Nia on the bed. Everyone talksanimatedly, except for Craig, who stares at Nia, longingly.

RONNY:

He practically had to strip search meto find it. It's like, dude, you're asecurity guard at a rock concert. Whyare you taking your job so seriously?

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Anna Boden

Anna Boden is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known as the co-writer of the 2006 film Half Nelson. She is known for her collaborations with fellow filmmaker Ryan Fleck. more…

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