Sleepwalk With Me Review

sleepwalk-with-meTitle: Sleepwalk With Me
Director: Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
Writer: Mike Birbiglia, Joe Birbiglia, Ira Glass and Seth Barrish
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose and James Rebhorn
Rating: PG-13
Length: 90 mins
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2012
Genre: Comedy

Sleepwalk With Me follows bartender and wannabe comedian, Matt Pandamiglio, as he attempts to launch his stand-up career while balancing a struggling relationship with his girlfriend and possibly life-threatening sleepwalking.

The movie starts off very quickly, but perhaps too quickly. We are barely introduced to any characters other than Matt. Luckily, the beginning is absolutely hilarious, so we are able to forgive the movie partially. However, the narration by Matt was a little too serious, especially in the beginning, and it took away from the comedic tone that the film was trying to convey.

Of all the characters, the most unlikeable is Matt’s father. I’m not sure if he was meant to come off as a total jerk, but that’s how I took him. Matt’s girlfriend is pretty likeable on her own, but especially when she is with Matt. They are absolutely adorable together.

Another good thing about the movie are the dream sequences. They are done extremely well, and give off a sense of complete confusion, much like in a dream.

Unfortunately, as Matt becomes more distanced from his girlfriend, we begin to question his dedication to her and their relationship. At one point, Matt has to remind us that we’re “on his side”. This gradually caused me to like him less and less and by the end, I didn’t even care if he became successful or not.

Also, as the film gets a more serious tone, it becomes much harder to find things funny. The comedy begins to feel out of place. The film also begins to drag and become extremely boring after about an hour. For a movie that is only 80 minutes, it feels much longer.

Sleepwalk With Me was written and directed by the star, Mike Birbiglia. This is his directorial debut. It’s clear that he has a great sense of humor, but I think he should let a more experienced director direct the films he writes from now on. This would allow him to focus more on his acting, while the director can focus solely on directing

Despite all the negative things, I actually enjoyed Sleepwalk With Me quite a bit. Certain parts are absolutely hilarious and had my eyes filling with tears from laughing so hard. But after it ended, I began to realize how mediocre it was.

In the end, Sleepwalk With Me is a funny movie, but its negatives outnumber its positives. You will most likely enjoy the film while watching it, but will come to realize that it’s just your average indie comedy.

 ★★☆☆ 

Special Features

Included in the special features are: a Q&A with Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass moderated by Joss Whedon, a ‘making of’ featurette, outtakes, behind the scenes shorts, and a commentary with Mike Birbliglia & Ira Glass. The Q&A is mildly amusing, especially thanks to Joss Whedon. However, the ‘making of’ is possibly the worst ‘making of’ I have ever seen. Basically all it is is the crew talking about how amazing Mike Birbiglia is. There was barely anything about the actual making of the movie. The outtakes were equally as stupid and completely unfunny. I couldn’t even bring myself to listen to the audio commentary.

*Written by Bobby Guerrieri

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