Sleepwalk With Me 2012 UNRATED CC

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"I'm going to tell you a story, and it's true... I always have to tell people that." So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate.

Starring:
Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose
Runtime:
1 hour 21 minutes

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Sleepwalk With Me

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Genres Comedy
Director Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose
Supporting actors James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti, Aya Cash, Marylouise Burke, Loudon Wainwright III, Ben Levin, Henry Phillips, Jessi Klein, Emily Meade, Danny Borbon, Amanda Perez, Lucy DeVito, Kristen Schaal, Alex Karpovsky, Ron Nakahara, Wyatt Cenac, Ira Glass
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It's funny and very touching.
clubbem
He's actually a pretty terrible comedian, but he's willing to do just about any lousy gig he can get.
RMurray847
This film is a subtle treatment of a very serious problem.
Joel Watson

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on September 26, 2012
Format: DVD
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 true...so 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 By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 7, 2012
Format: DVD
"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 By Boje on January 14, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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