PG-13, 101 minutes, Focus Features
This 2010 adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s novel by the same name was written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Lovers of Vizzini’s book need not be disappointed by the film version, perhaps owed to the fact that Vizzini himself was one of the screenplay writers.
Fifteen year old Craig Gilner is over-worked and anxious about his high-pressured High School, the fictitious Executive Pre-Professional, modeled after Stuyvesant High School in NYC. His depression has spiral out of control until one night he contemplates jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. Instead, Craig goes to the ER, where he soon finds himself a patient in the psychiatric unit.
Spot-on casting of Keir Gilchrist as depressed and suicidal teen Craig Gilner, Emma Roberts as self-mutilater Noelle, and Zach Galifianakis as psych ward regular Bobby round out the ensemble. Look for notable cast members Viola Davis as Dr. Minerva and Jim Gaffigan as Craig’s dad.