Sunday, August 28, 2016

Don't Think Twice

         The new Indie comedy/drama from writer & director Mike Birbiglia is much more drama than comedy even though its plot revolves around a improvisational comedy troupe.

          When two members of the fictional group, "The Commune" land auditions with the fictional TV show "Weekend Live" ( a very obvious Second City/Saturday Night Live analogy), the group dynamic starts to crack and relationships are strained to a breaking point.

           The film stars Mr. Birbiglia as Miles, the de facto leader of "The Commune" along with Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Mucucci, Chris Gethard, and Tami Sagher as the rest of the troupe. Everyone is so natural in their part, the film could almost serve as a "behind the scenes"  documentary about the world of improvisation.

           Bitingly honest, sharp and witty, the film is ultimately sad and bitter sweet as the group realizes life is interfering in the intimate world they have created as "The Commune". Surprisingly, there are many heartbreaking scenes that fill the viewer with emotions that linger long after the credits roll.

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