Impressive comedy drama on the improv scene and a sterling ensemble cast. The tension between the collective and 'making it' with a breakthrough into an SNL style comedy 'premiership', deals with the competitive climate, sycophancy and the humanity the strains through their world of performance.
Life is the greatest session of improvisation you'll ever experience, though it might not always be as fun as being on-stage with a group of close buds, adlibbing and making up a crazy scenario in a matter of moments. Most of us are just winging it in a less glamorous way with far fewer people watching us. Life's a beach, play in the sand, don't overthink it, despite the fact that you will. And don't think twice.
Birbiglia finally reaches his potential (even if is not a home run) with an ace cast and a simple, but heartfelt and all too real premise. I know nothing about improv comedy, but the message resonates soundly to anyone interested or invested in any kind of creative life!
The true promise of Mike's Sleepwalk With Me was its startlingly mature ending: a pathos for the way life doesn't turn out the way you'd think but you have to live with it anyway. Don't Think Twice adds to that and more. The dramaturgy ain't airtight, but the group dynamic is an empathetic ode not just to the people who make it, but the people who don't. In 2016 America, few ideas are more worthwhile.
Interweaving hopes and daunting realities, Birbiglia masterfully creates an honest story about "making it" and what that term means to different people with different perceptions. After all, success rarely is synonymous with visibility and Don't Think Twice wholeheartedly (even if paradoxically) believes in it.