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Sleepwalk With Me Reviews

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½ May 27, 2014
The little tragedies in life of a comedian make up an endearing story...
May 26, 2014
Mike Birbigia is fabulous. The world needs more of him.
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½ April 24, 2014
Surprisingly insightful film touching on relationships, sleep disorders, and the struggles to make it as a comic with the mounting stress of an impending wedding. Quite frankly, I found the film to be really smart in how it told its story of this comedian who, facing the fact that his life isn't heading the way he wants, due to his failed comedy career and almost being forced to marry his girlfriend, he starts to have these sleepwalking incidents that keep escalating as the stress keeps mounting. The writing is incredibly sharp and funny and the cast is very solid. Mike Birbiglia comes across as probably the most likable man who has ever lived. Well, that's a bit of a hyperbole, but he does come across as an incredibly likable man and he makes this story easy to relate to, even if you don't particularly agree with all of his actions. The story of how Matt starts pushing away his fiance more and more, as his comedic career takes off, is certainly melancholic as she was the only one who supported him when he was starting out. So seeing how they ended up in the end was certainly bittersweet, a satisfying, but not necessarily happy, ending to their story. The film is also really funny, as it combines footage from Mike Birbiglia's actual comedic performances, at least from what I can tell, some of them look staged, but that integration of Mike's stand-up act does give the film a certain kind of authenticity it would've lacked if the actor portraying the lead hadn't been an actual comedian. I don't really have much else to say, just that this film is certainly insightful and smart, and hopefully it leads to Mike Birbiglia doing films more often. Apparently he's making a film out of another one of his one-man shows, but that one won't be as autobiographical as this film. Still, this is a very funny, smart, compelling, and charming comedy that definitely deserves to be seen. There's a lot of good stuff in this film, and I definitely recommend it.
½ February 18, 2014
Really warmed to this movie as it went on.
½ January 31, 2014
"Sleepwalk with Me" is honest, pure and deep drama. Using semi documenter style and unique narrative approach. The sleepwalk dissorder isn't a big issue though. The real issue is the complex thinking of man who didn't even know he want to get married or no. The issue is very interesting because that's can happen to us too. Are you feel the happiest time your life today? Are you sure your job is suit you well? Are you happy when you spend your time with your girlfriend or rather be on your own time?all questions of that can't answer precisely by this movie. But the good model of this one man life maybe can open your eyes to all that questions.
January 18, 2014
Great stand up material. Great book. Great one man show. And now a great movie.
January 5, 2014
Great movie. I have always loved the comedian.
December 27, 2013
Great film! Birbigs, you've done it again!
December 26, 2013
As an examination of relationships or following your dream, it feels overwhelmingly "been there, done that," but Mike Birbiglia has the imagination, charm, and comedic timing to make Sleepwalk with Me both funny and sincere.
November 29, 2013
Thoughtfully funny, a true comic without gimmicks, it made me laugh and cry at the same time. A gem!
½ November 19, 2013
A funny story of a man was figuratively sleepwalking through life
½ November 18, 2013
The story is told in such a creative and funny way you can't help but get caught up in Matt's journey. The themes in this film resonated on a personal level for me as well. Wonderful!
November 17, 2013
I hadn't seen much of Mike Birbiglia's material, but I still enjoyed Sleepwalk with me among its levels of comedy and drama.
½ November 15, 2013
An underdog of a film.
November 14, 2013
funny and interesting
October 20, 2013
Quirky, hipsterish, autobiographical diary of the struggles an up and coming comedian goes through, in this case Mike Birbiglia. Funny, but mostly sad, and very honest.
October 9, 2013
fun. a little anti climatic
½ October 3, 2013
Its a funny concept that didn't meet its potential but its an honest movie and I respect it for that.
½ September 29, 2013
Sleepwalk With Me is a 2012 comedy starring, written, and directed by stand up comedian Mike Birbiglia. Based in part on his own life experiences, an off-Broadway one-man show of the same name, as well as various bits from his past stand up material, Birbiglia's first foray into motion pictures is a pleasant surprise, which proves to be just as eccentrically charming as Birbiglia's stand up comedy. Produced and co-written by NPR's Ira Glass, Sleepwalk With Me is unsurprisingly about how we tell stories about our own lives, focusing on how we view ourselves in relation to our own actions, those affected by our actions, as well as any lasting after effects. For Birbiglia, his own story has to do with his attempts to escape a marriage which he feels impelled to undergo by his parents and extended family, seeking the release offered by stand up comedy to come clean about his own insecurities and personal failings. In the process, an oddball comedy ensues, filled to the brim with surreal dream sequences, repressed desires, and a dangerous bout of sleepwalking.

Following in the tradition of such comedian-turned-filmmakers as Louis C.K. and Larry David, Mike Birbiglia's film is a rough approximation of his actual personality, fictionalized to a certain extent through the use of another name. In the film, Mike Birbiglia becomes Matt Pandamigilo, and such famous comics as Marc Maron are rechristened with names like Marc Mulheren, which serves to lessen the otherwise immediate truthfulness of the story, turning the film into more of a fantastic anecdote than heartfelt apologetic. However, in contrast to such television shows as C.K.'s Louie or David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sleepwalk With Me also maintains much of the structuring and rhetoric employed in the stand up material from which much of the film's plot has been culled. Rather than acting as another form of artistic expression meant to express a viewpoint fundamentally different from what can be expressed through stand up comedy, Birbiglia's film is structured in the same style as Birbiglia's one-man shows. Thus, Sleepwalk With Me feels like a cinematic rendering of a stand up set, as opposed to the sitcom-level exaggerated oddball antics of David on Curb, or the existentially ridiculous wanderings of C.K. on Louie.

Nevertheless, the ways in which Birbiglia has transformed his stand up material almost directly, and at times verbatim, into the cinematic form often comes off as feeling redundant of what he has already said. Instead of offering some new insight into the events that transpire over the course of the film, Birbiglia rehashes old bits and gags without any of their previous luster and bite. While the performances from such comic greats as Carol Kane, playing Birbiglia's mother, or the stunning turn from Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose as a former girlfriend reinvigorate Birbiglia's story with a new vibrancy and set of voices, the underlying themes and points of argument remain the same. Instead of bringing new life to Birbiglia's material, Sleepwalk With Me seems to bury much of Birbiglia's better intentions under layers of overused theatrics and tired reminiscences. While the film is still a joy to watch and maintains a lot of the emotional honesty of Birbiglia's original material, it often feels stillborn, lacking the sort of motivation and purpose that permeates Birbiglia's stand up.

And yet, despite the inherent redundancy of Sleepwalk With Me's subject matter and plot, Mike Birbiglia's first feature film is still a solid comedy. The characters bump into each other in ways that are to be expected, they do silly, and often stupid, things to one another and themselves, and the ending is predictably uplifting, even if it doesn't end in a marriage. Fans of Birbiglia's stand up act will be sure to find a lot to enjoy, even if much of their enjoyment will rely chiefly in waiting for different one liners and plot points that they already know by heart. Sleepwalk With Me is a well made movie that examines the stand up comedian with a subtle intimacy, even if a more probing approach may have revealed a little more about the film's subject. All in all, Birbiglia and co-writer Ira Glass have made an incredibly charming indie film, even if its charm outstays its welcome at times.
September 29, 2013
For all my comedian friends, this is a must see.
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