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Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

Mike Birbiglia , Lauren Ambrose , Mike Birbiglia  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose
  • Directors: Mike Birbiglia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B8YZ9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie from Ira Glass and co-produced by "This American Life." The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Carol Kane (Taxi), James Rebhorn (Meet the Parents), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway's "Once"), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain. Bonus Material-
-Making Of-
-Q&A with Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia moderated by Joss Whedon at the Writers Guild Foundation-
-Behind the Scenes Shorts-
-Commentary with Mike Birbiglia & Ira Glass

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film full of bittersweet comedy September 26, 2012
I've seen Mike Birbiglia in a few stand up broadcasts, but really knew nothing about him, except that I liked his laconic, stutter-step approach to delivering his material. He seemed like a funny guy who also happened to be sorta nice too. I knew nothing about his book, Ira Glass appearances or one-man off-Broadway show. That's probably a good thing, because I was able to enjoy SLEEPWALK WITH ME pretty much on its own terms.

Apparently this movie is quite autobiographical, even though Mike has changed his character's name to Matt. But Mike/Matt frequently talks directly to the camera, and we're assured the story is it's almost impossible not to assume that we're basically seeing a (perhaps exaggerated) take on Birbiglia's life. But it doesn't really matter either...the story is compelling and says some interesting things about relationships and about how a stand-up comic builds their career literally from the ground up.

Matt is in an 8-year relationship with Abby (Lauren Ambrose, who is wonderful). Abby is a great girl, and everyone (both viewer and the characters on screen) have to wonder why Matt is having a hard time settling down and committing to a marriage with her. But as Matt says, he's unhappy that everyone says the best thing about him is his girlfriend. It's true. He's a bartender who wants to do stand-up. Or at least, he thinks he does...he gets almost no opportunities to try. His life and his relationship is on hold. Abby is faithful and patient, but also growing frustrated. Surely she is wondering what more she can give of herself to this man who trembles at the thought of marrying her.

One day, with Abby's help, Matt actually gets an agent. And the agent begins to give Matt tiny gigs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter-sweet and funny at the same time September 7, 2012
"Sleepwalk With Me" (2012 US release; 90 min.) brings the story of Matt (played by Mike Birbiglia) as he struggles with a sleep disorder and tries to salvage his long-time relationship with Abby (played by Lauren Ambrose). Abby wants to get married, badly. Matt, not so much. Abby is looking for any sign from Matt that he will propose, which he eventually does, after an emotional side trip that makes him feel guilty and ashamed. Parallel to all of this, we see Matt getting his start on the stand-up comedy circuit, and barely hnaging on. Then, one day, he makes a funny quip about his failing relationship with Abby, and wouldn't you know, the audience eats it up! I don't want to give more away, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, even though he plays a character called "Matt", this story is based on Mike Birbiglia's own life experiences (in fact, before this became a movie, this was an unexpected off-Broadway hit play). Birbiglia not only stars but also co-wrote and co-directed the movie. Second, the movie makes the most of the shoestring budget on which this obviously was made, and I was pleasantly surprised how well it all flowed. Last but not least, the overall tione of the movie is very much bitter-sweet (to me at least). When I saw this in the theatre a few days ago (at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, DC), there were a number of people who were laughing out loud in many parts of the movie. I never felt quite that way. Yes, there are funny moments in it, but when all is said and done, this movie documents a failing relationship and a serious disorder, so how truly laugh-out-loud funny is that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so funny January 14, 2013
By Boje
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After hearing rave reviews of the movie and a radio interview with Mike Birbiglia, I was prepared for lots of laughs as he shared his experiences with sleepwalking. There were some funny moments, but for the most part, the movie was pretty dry. I gave it three stars for his unvarnished honesty in telling his story and sharing the frustrating and dangerous world of the sleepwalker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just More Info About Mike Birbiglia June 23, 2014
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I agree with the one Amazon reviewer who found this movie sad and not funny. I also agree with him that I feel I have to apologize to Mike Birbiglia for not really liking this film, because I really like Mike Birbiglia's comedy, although I did learn a lot more about Mike Birbiglia and his relationship to his girlfriend.

I also know something about sleepwalking and sleep disturbances, having my own small share of problems in this arena. It is very good to turn off all entertainment a couple of hours before sleep, to disconnect from the electronic world and prepare for a good night's sleep.

I give this movie three stars just because it's about Mike Birbiglio who has such a gift for telling stories about his life, but there was nothing to laugh about in this film. The actress who plays Mike's girlfriend was terrific. If she was anything like the real girlfriend, I can understand why breaking up was hard to do.

The actors who play Mike's parents in this film didn't look or sound particularly Italian. I was disappointed that Mike's Italian background wasn't explored at all in this autobiographical work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I was already familiar with a lot of the material but that didn't...
I have been a fan of "Birbigs" since I heard an interview of him on NPR's Fresh Air. He is a recurring guest on another public radio show, This American Life, which is... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Famous Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 24 days ago by Forrest Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
This guy is FUNNY! He also has been willing to share true aspects of his own life experience that most people would find difficult to turn it into a comedy performance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah S.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Mildly entertaining at times. I realize the way he delivers standup is lots m
Published 2 months ago by Lyle G Garcia
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie made you want to sleepwalk off a cliff!
Too stupid for words. I bought this due to a family member have the same issue. But the movie stunk so badly I turned it off.
Published 2 months ago by Scout
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
This was a very funny and insightful movie. My husband and I loved it and are recommending it to friends.
Published 2 months ago by LLB52
2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, but not very funny
For a comedy, this movie was awfully short on laughs. I saw that it had gotten excellent reviews, so I figured I'd check it out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
3.0 out of 5 stars Matt Pandemiglio is not as funny as Mike Birbiglia, even though they...
Like many other reviewers, I think Mike Birbiglia is a phenomenal comedian and story teller. Within that work he shares very personal and embarrassing stories that come out... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hobbes
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this!
Hilarious Very entertaining. Great off the wall humor. He says what I am in thinking in those situations. Very funny
Published 8 months ago by Barbie Hannemann
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend this one!
The connection between this movie and NPR's "This American Life" is obvious from the start. It should have stayed on TAL. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bob Bennett
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