If you want to take a fun mental vacation, the best way to check out is to check in—to your local psych ward, asylum, or loony bin, that is! Sure, disturbing documentaries like Titicut Follies (1967) and Cropsey (2009) have taught us that abusive attendants, patient rape, and nutjobs shivering in their own shit-smeared cells are a reality, but fictional films have taught us that mental institutions are really a hoot. The most recent of these flicks is It's Kind of A Funny Story, which adapts Ned Vizzini's 2006 novel. Keir Gilchrist plays a teen who is contemplating suicide and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, where he meets an oddball and fellow suicide case played by Zach Galifianakis, as well as other quirky depressives and schizos, and gets to do fun things like easily break out of the "secure" facility, play ping pong, sing, do therapeutic art, and—most importantly—take meds. Where do we sign up? Get your mind right as we run down 10 movies that make psych wards look fun...

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