Don't Think Twice

Film
3 out of 5 stars
Don't Think Twice

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Tensions emerge within a troupe of comedians after success visits certain members, not all of them.

In the world of improvisational comedy, the rule is always say yes: Yes, I see that imaginary dog you’re walking—is he housebroken? Yes, he is—but he has a really bad attitude about nonorganic produce. And so on.

Fittingly, the upbeat, loose-limbed characters of writer-director Mike Birbiglia’s NYC-set drama always seem to get into trouble when they say yes. Yes, pushing-forty Miles (Birbiglia) will let himself get distracted with a string of younger sexual conquests while his career stalls. Yes, Jack (Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key) will showboat over his troupe’s group efforts when there’s a TV talent scout in the crowd. It works and he leaps at the job, but his ascent is hard for everyone to take, especially his skit-partner girlfriend, Sam (Gillian Jacobs).

After 2012’s similarly themed Sleepwalk with Me, Birbiglia continues to mine a scene he knows well, and even though he doesn’t strike you as a natural-born filmmaker (some of these scenes are as flatly lensed as the Saturday Night Live sketches being spoofed), he’s evolving as a confrontational dramatist. The détente at the plot’s end feels like an updated Big Chill: friends drifting apart, selling out, holding on.

Follow Joshua Rothkopf on Twitter: @joshrothkopf

Details

Release details

Duration:
92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Mike Birbiglia
Screenwriter:
Mike Birbiglia
Cast:
Mike Birbiglia
Keegan Michael Key
Gillian Jacobs
Kate Micucci
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