Sleepwalk With Me

Bill C’s Review – 3.5 out of 5

‘Sleepwalk With Me’ stars Mike Birbiglia in this semi-autobiographical movie based on his stage play of the same name.  Birbiglia is a stand up comedian and the movie focuses on his relationship with his girlfriend as he struggles to find his voice voice/success as a standup while trying to ignore his very real sleepwalking problem.

I liked this movie a lot. It is consistently funny. Unlike Celeste and Jess Forever. I cared more about what happened to the couple as Mike became consumed with starting his comedic career by going on the road and let the pressures of his relationship and burgeoning comedic career exacerbate his sleepwaling.

I like the performances. Birbiglia is likeable and I liked Lauren Ambrose as his love interest.  Carol Kane was good as his mother and the cast also included numerous cameos by comedians..

Admittedly I was also pre-disposed to like this movie as I am an avid listener of WTF podcasts with Marc Maron  which focuses on comedians (he has a cameo).  Birbiglia has been his guest and many episodes deal with comedians and their early career struggles.  Check out the podcasts and check out the movie.

Bill I’s Review – 3 out of 5

I found it funny, pleasant, but not exceptional. It was akin to a good TV episode, in fact, this would probably be a good weekly show, following the aspiring comedian hitting the road while trying to maintain some kind of personal relationship. Kind of the anti-Sienfeld, but  hopefully very funny as well. There’s not much to laugh out loud in this film, other than a couple of Biriglia’s on stage jokes.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Bill C’s Review – 2.5 out of 5

Celeste and Jesse Forever is the story of a couple going through a divorce, trying to maintain their friendship while moving on with their lives. They clearly still love each other and at times would like to reconcile but seemingly never at the same time.

The movie stars Rashida Jones  (Parks and Recreation) and Andy Samberg (SNL), with Rashida getting more of the screen time showing a good range of her character’s ups and downs. Jones also co-wrote and produced the film.

The movie was moderately funny, which is probably a pretty good achievement for a movie about a couple going through divorce. I was expecting to care more about whether they ultimately got back together or not, but while I hoped that things worked out for them, it ended up not mattering to me whether or not ‘working out’ meant getting back together or just moving on with their lives. Overall this movie was OK, but I found it a little disappointing based on the good things I had heard about it..

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