I’ve been a fan of Mike Birbiglia for around five years. His stand-up is some of my favorite and when he made the film Sleep Walk with Me I watched it the first chance I got. I missed Don’t Think Twice when it came to our local theater, but I bought it digitally as soon as I was able to. There are some very funny moments in the film, but the story of the characters is really compelling. It’s definitely a film I enjoyed and I’m glad to own. Don’t Think Twice earned the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
The Commune is a New York improv group comprised of Miles (Mike Birbiglia), Samantha (Gillian Jacobs), Allison (Kate Micucci), Lindsay (Tami Sagher), Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), and Bill (Chris Gethard). Samantha and Jack get auditions for Weekend Live, a weekly sketch show, adding some tension to the group. While some good things are opening, the theater that the group uses is closing giving their current situation an ending date.
The film divides up its time with scenes of the improv group, their home lives, and their professional ones. It’s clear that all of the members are talented, but are also struggling to make a living. Each of the characters has ambition, but they all have something holding them back. Jack’s audition is a wake-up call to the group who are feeling the pressure of the theater closing. It’s definitely a relatable story for anyone who tried to make it in a talent based industry, but even one of change.
I like Birbiglia a lot
Birbiglia captures the group dynamic of friendship. We want each other to succeed, but we don’t’ want to be left behind. Friend’s don’t’ want to be petty, but we also want to find individual success. It’s the complexity of friendship that comes out in the film and feels completely natural. The group is going through a major change and it’s unlikely that it will survive as it is at the beginning. I found the characters charming and believable even when they were at their worst. There were a few things that happened that I expected they would be blown out of proportion, but the reactions all felt pretty understandable.
If you get a chance to watch this heartfelt comedy then I definitely recommend it. The acting is great and Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs have some great chemistry. In fact, I loved the entire group. One of the most touching moments comes from Chris Gethard character. The more I think about this film the more I’m likely to re-watch it. It really is a great watch.