Being familiar with Mike Birbiglia's comedy I can without question say that this entire film is essentially what you'd see/hear in one of his standup performances. That being said, it probably would've been better as a standup routine instead of a movie; it's pretty funny regardless.
Birbiglia crafts, like he does in his stand up, a poignant film about the inner demons of committed relationships and the simultaneous fear of dying alone, showcasing just the right amount of neurosis without being overbearing. The man has a touch alright, and I look forward for his next projects.
I got my brother to watch this. I won a bet we made, and it was my prize to pick a movie. He doesn't like independent movies in general, but he said he liked this one. I knew what Birbiglia was doing in the first part, which was to just be very honest about what it's like to start out. If you were looking for a laugh riot, this is not it. This is real life, and the lessons we learn despite ourselves.
You can't help but like the guy. Which proves insufficient to carry a film. Points for Carol Kane; demerits for sluggish, stubbornly inert dialogue and a reverence for falling flat that rarely feels anything other than that. Not the new Woody Allen, at least not yet. Beautiful brownstones, though.
I saw Birbiglia live a few weeks ago and based on how much I enjoyed his show I decided to watch his movie. The movie has a lot going for it. Birbiglia directs some visually funny and bizarre scenes. Surprisingly where this film is lacking is both in pacing and scripting. He's mastered this on stage but I don't think he can translate these talents too well to film....
A Fairly flat tale of a sleepwalking, wanna-be comedian in a troubled relationship searching for meaning. It will probably appeal to Birbiglia (This American Life) fans and the 20's crowd but I found it very light-on with only one really emotionally resonant moment. 2.5 stars
An incredibly immature film with very little going on. I really hated the main character and by the end of the film I hated most of the characters. They all came off as stupid, immature people and while that can sometimes work for a film, it really didn't here. Also it was just unfunny, aside from one or two laughs. This can really be skipped.