When it comes to mental institution movies, you've got "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Girl Interrupted," "Three Faces of Eve," etc., etc. etc. "Kinda Funny" is like none of these. It's the story of a teen who admits himself to a mental hospital where there's not a Nurse Ratchet in sight. Which is good. And bad. It makes the viewer wonder how realistic this movie is and the best approach here is not to care.
"Kinda Funny" is such a kind, gentle and delightful movie, full of creative twists and turns, that it doesn't belong in the world of truth and accuracy. It's to be enjoyed as a fantasy all its own.
Emma Roberts, niece of Julia, is one of the stars and proves she could have gotten the part without auntie's intervention.