4 out of 5
Craig is a 16-year-old boy who is somehow unhappy with his life. He goes to a very good school, in love with his best friend’s girl, has a dad who in his opinion only cares about his study, and a prodigy of a little sister. So he decides to end his life, until he finds out he can’t bring himself to do it. Instead, he checks himself into a mental institution where he is given 5 days to figure out his problems.
This is based on a novel of the same name by Ned Vizzi. I haven’t read the book but I really do like the film. It’s light, entertaining, and quirky. It’s told through Craig’s imagination, so there are lots of awkward teenage boy dream moments. In the ward Craig also meets with Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) and Noelle (Emma Roberts) who has a tendency to cut herself.
This film doesn’t try to be smart or philosophical. Of course Craig’s problem seems to be not as serious as the other patients’ problems, but hey… remember when you’re 16? Everything seems to be so confusing, and as light as it is, a problem is still a problem. So like the rest of us, everybody tries to figure out how to tidy up our lives step by step in kind of a funny way.