Sleepwalk With Me Reviews
"C+" is my final grade
It's not a topic many stand-up comics seem to discuss, which makes Sleepwalk With Me that much more refreshing. The directorial debut of stand-up comic Mike Birbiglia, this semi-biographical film does a great job of discussing the hardships of stand-up comedy in a way that's both thruthful and earnest, and amusing and engaging. Birbiglia strikes just the right balance of emotional struggle and charm, mostly through a dry sense of humor, that makes his character all the more relatable. His character finds himself in an interesting situation throughout the film: his commitment issues with girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) make for great comedy material, but also continuously amplify the danger his sleepwalking bouts send him into. It's a solid dynamic that, for the most part, is handled quite nicely. Running at a lean 80 minutes, this charming indie flick is one of those movies that you can turn on in a whim and still get some enjoyment and emotional impact from, and stands as a solid directorial debut as well.