Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Laugh-out-loud funny and endearingly messy, Sleepwalk with Me overcomes its tonal inconsistencies to deliver a sweetly melancholic, amiably reassuring indie crowd-pleaser.

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"I'm going to tell you a story, and it's true....I always have to tell people that." So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. -- (C) IFC
Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexual content and brief language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Mike Birbiglia
as Matt Pandamiglio
James Rebhorn
as Frank Pandamiglio
Carol Kane
as Linda Pandamiglio
Aya Cash
as Hannah
Alex Karpovsky
as Ian Gilmore
Kristen Schaal
as Cynthia
Marc Maron
as Marc Mulheren
David Wain
as Pete
Marylouise Burke
as Aunt Lucille
Hannibal Burress
as Hannibal
Lucy DeVito
as Hilary
Wyatt Cenac
as Chris
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Critic Reviews for Sleepwalk With Me

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (33)

This self-deprecating comedy would make both Larry David and Louis C.K. proud,

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Film.com
Top Critic

From start to finish, his character, called Matt Pandamiglio, is all by his lonesome -- reaching out of the fog. He's a funny fog person.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The film acts as both a diary of a sidewinding comic stylist finding his style, almost by accident, and a reminder to all post-collegiate boyfriends and girlfriends that "OK" probably isn't good enough for either party.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is a movie for anyone who's ever been unsure, and surely that's everyone.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, "Sleepwalk With Me" points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A smart, neurotic slice-of-life comedy about a stand-up comic with confidence issues, commitment issues, and career issues.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sleepwalk With Me

½

'Sleepwalk With Me'. Unexpectedly hilarious, sweet and honest. Some real moments of laugh-out-loud humour that's normally hard for me to come by.

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Super Reviewer

I am a big Mike Birbiglia fan, so I may be a bit biased here..but...I thought that this movie was VERY charming.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This adorable, quarky film is very fitting for Birbiglia. Fans know of him as a successful comedian, but we have to watch his younger self struggle to find the standup routine we already have in our heads. Meanwhile, the current, successful self weaves his way through the movie, narrating this tale of yore with pieces of his stand-up in an abrupt, almost rushed way that ends up creating a jarring, uncanny valley-like effect where lines that are hilarious in their original form are suddenly not. However, the visual reenactments of the sleepwalk episodes described in his routine were absurd and funny, and the cameos (even some Mitch Hedberg material) were a nice, warming touch.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

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