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[Reviewed by: Martin Keller]

"I'm having a hard time describing what I'm seeing right now."

With this look at the new Steve Carell comedy that is making big bucks at the box office, we welcome brand new contributor Martin Keller!

Quirky is funny. Perhaps that’s the message of the film. Or maybe: It’s funny because it’s different. Aside from the best (and only) stuffed mouse dioramas I’ve ever seen (such as the Mousa Lisa), some funny one-liners from Steve Carell, and some quick banter between Carell, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis, this film subsists on weirdness for laughs. Rudd plays a financial analyst climbing the ladder to the proverbial and literal seventh floor of executives, in hopes that his girlfriend will accept his proposal of marriage. Rudd positions himself to reach the next floor with an exceptional pitch to the boss, but must first pass one test. His boss hosts a monthly ‘dinner for exceptional people,’ in which each guest must bring an eccentric moron to be mocked. The most ‘exceptional’ by the end of the night wins. Enter Paul Rudd’s ambition, his girlfriend’s disapproval, and Carell – the schmuck. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Author: Alex Miller]

Focus features has released some very good films, and at this point I’m at least curious about anything they put out.  This new trailer for “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” makes me expect one of those awkward teenager coming-of-age movies. You know the one.  The new guy in school (or in this case a mental clinic) meets everyone, tries to fit in, and gets the hott girl he has no business getting.  Personally, I have no problem with these types of movies.  Not every film has to be the next Citizen Kane to be enjoyable.  This reminds me of like an artsy-teenage comedy version of  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.  Zach Galifianakis is a pretty funny guy and I’m glad to see he’s branching out (at least a little).  I think this looks like a great movie to go see on a date.  It seems enjoyable, predictable, and hopefully it’s funny.  It is also (loosely) based on a book by the same name.  So that at least seems promising to me.  I’m interested, but not that interested.  I’ll put this one in the solid-rental category until I find out more about it.

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