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.

EXT. BROOKLYN STREET - NIGHT

CRAIG GILNER (16, handsome, but awkward) glides on his biketoward the Brooklyn Bridge. He is the only one on thestreets. A rhythmic beating heart is the only sound we hear.

BADOOM BADOOM BADOOM

The heartbeat increases in pace as Craig nears the bridge.

EXT. BROOKLYN BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN PATH

We float behind Craig as he approaches the bridge’s firsttower. Craig is still the only person there.

BADOOM BADOOM BADOOM

He arrives at the tower, steps off his bike, and looks outover the East River.

BADOOM BADOOM BADOOM

He climbs up onto a steel girder. Walks to the edge, overthe speeding traffic below, then out over the water.

BADOOMBADOOMBADOOMBADOOM

SILENCE...

LYNN (O.S.)

Craig!?

Craig looks behind him to find his mother (LYNN, early 40s),

father (GEORGE, mid 40s), and little sister (ALYSSA, 8) allstanding by his bike.

LYNN:

What were you planning to do with yourbike, honey?!

CRAIG:

I don’t care about my bike! I’m

killing myself!

GEORGE:

But we spent a lot of money on thatbike, Sport! We only ask that you takecare of it!

ALYSSA:

Think of me, Craig! I might want thatbike when I grow up!

CRAIG:

I’m sorry, I just didn’t think-

LYNN:

That’s right, honey, you weren’tthinking of us when you decided to dothis, were you?

GEORGE:

Pretty selfish, I’d say. Have youthought about how this might affectyour sister?

ALYSSA:

I’ll be traumatized for life.

Craig stares at his family for a beat.

CRAIG:

I’m sorry, I--

A CAR HORN BLARES and Craig flinches, blinded by the oncomingheadlights. He loses his footing on the thin metal plank.

He SLIPS AND FALLS as his family watches in horror.

CRAIG’S POV:
hurling down toward the water below. At the

moment before impact, the frame FREEZES a few feet above thewater-

CRAIG (V.O.)

This is the moment where I usually wakeup in a sweaty panic.

ANGLE ON CRAIG’S anguished face frozen in time.

CRAIG (V.O.)

But for some reason... this time was

different-

The POV frame resumes action and Craig plunges into thewater.

TITLE:
“IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY”

EXT. ARGENON HOSPITAL - DAWN

Craig locks his bike to a rack in front of an illuminatedemergency room sign. He turns towards the hospital.

Overhead the sky is illuminated by a pre-dawn glow.

SUPER:
“SUNDAY: DAY 1”

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM

Craig wanders into the bright, fluorescent-lit room,

approaches the NURSE at the registration desk.

CRAIG:

Hi... I want to kill myself.

Unphased, the nurse hands him a clipboard.

NURSE:

Fill this out, please.

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM WAITING AREA - NOT MUCH LATER

Craig waits near an ear-infected KID, when his attention

shifts to the sliding doors. A man, dressed in blue doctor’sscrubs, saunters in with a cup of coffee, takes a seat(unusually close) next to Craig. He is BOBBY (late 30s, semi-

balding).

Craig does his best to ignore him, until...

BOBBY:

Hey.

Craig turns to him. Upon closer inspection, he appears a bittoo disheveled to be a doctor or nurse. He looks at Craigwith an unhinged intensity.

BOBBY:

You gotta cigarette?

CRAIG:

Uh... no. Sorry.

BOBBY:

What’s wrong with you?

CRAIG:

I just don’t smoke.

BOBBY:

No, I mean why are you in the E.R. atfive o’clock on a Sunday morning?

CRAIG:

(hesitant)

Well, um, there’s been a lot going onin my head lately.

BOBBY:

Go on.

CRAIG:

Okay, well, um... I don’t really knowhow to describe it. Like there’s a

girl...

BOBBY:

Yes.

CRAIG:

And, you know, this summer schoolapplication I’ve been nervous about.

BOBBY:

Summer school.

CRAIG:

Yeah, it’s like this super prestigious-

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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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